The Conservatives have promised more new free schools if they return to power, while Labour has pledged to end the programme. But do they work? Judith Judd assesses the evidence.
Changing the way in which disability benefits are delivered to older people is designed to improve the health and social care system. However, new evidence suggests that it could make matters worse.
Young men who come from workless households are less likely to find a job or earn as much as their peers. This is especially true for young men from ethnic minority backgrounds.
Are the robots taking all the middle jobs? New research looking at the hollowing out of the UK job market shows the hourglass employment picture being painted might not be as clear cut as some think.
How does where you grow up affect your life chances? Evidence from Germany suggests that disadvantaged young people fare less well than their peers during recessions.
The wealth gap rose during the last downturn. The young and those less well off now face many challenges both in terms of rebuilding their finances and saving for the future.
With the UK emerging from the recession, hopes for economic growth are pinned on increases in consumer spending. But can all of us afford to spend? New research sheds some light on the issue.
The current high levels of sickness and absence from work are unsustainable. There are costs to individuals, businesses and the Government. So why does only 11% of the UK population have any form of income protection insurance and what could an increase in this figure mean for all concerned?
During the recent recession, the low skilled and young adults suffered the most putting an increasing strain on the benefit system. Professor Sir Richard Blundell argues a focus on productivity and tax reform are the key to raising living standards while tax reform needs to address top income inequality.
Soft skills are said to be worth £88 billion a year to UK businesses. So why don’t we value them and why aren’t we investing in them?