More than half a million households were affected by the introduction of the ‘Bedroom Tax’ in April 2013. New research published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation suggests the savings made by the Government were smaller than initially estimated.
Where evidence meets policy
Richard Hoggart, one of Britain’s foremost post-war public intellectuals and author of The Uses of Literacy, has died aged 95. Dr Michael Bailey, one of the country’s leading experts on his work, discusses his legacy.
With unemployment and inflation falling, there are signs the economy is starting to improve. But living standards are still lower than before the recession. Matt Barnes, Research Director at Natcen Social Research, examines the evidence.
Regional schools commissioners are being appointed to take decisions about academies. But have academy chains already begun to take on the role which local councils play for their schools? Judith Judd looks at the evidence.
A successful anti-bullying programme from in Finland has recently been trialled in Wales and England. Judy Hutchings from Bangor University, who led the UK research team, describes the early results – and some training now on offer to schools.
Centres where victims of domestic abuse can access services under one roof are ‘a collaborative opportunity whose time has come,’ according to the first study of a UK Family Justice Centre. Society Central looks at the evidence.
Should first-time offenders find themselves with a criminal record? Or would everyone benefit from a more targeted alternative? Stuart Agnew assessed a ground-breaking project.
Previous economic downturns have seen increased public support for spending on welfare. But the recent crisis was accompanied by a decline in sympathy for those on benefits – particularly among the young. Daniel Sage assesses the evidence.
In yesterday’s budget the Chancellor George Osborne promised grants for 100,000 new apprenticeships. Jonathan Todd, Chief Economist at Demos, argues the professions must get behind the qualifications if they are to succeed.
The government has announced more help for working families to meet their childcare costs. Professor Mike Brewer, Professor of Economics at ISER and Research Fellow at the Institute of Fiscal Studies, responds with IFS colleagues Claire Crawford and Sarah Cattan.