If we want to have a proper civic conversation, it’s time to do something about the critical shortage of social scientists with the skills needed to analyse and evaluate data argues David Walker.
The number of over 60s in England and Wales who are getting divorced is rising, figures released in a new report from the Office for National Statistics suggest. By 2011 the latest year for which figures are available, there were 2.3 divorces per 1,000 married men over 60, compared with 1.6 in 1991. The study’s […]
Young people should be required to turn out at the first election in which they have the right to vote. That’s according to research by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), which proposes a small fine for young people who decide not to vote at their first election. The research found that the UK […]
Are we any wiser about what the Spending Review means for us or do we need greater transparency and harder evidence about where the pain is being felt?
In the pressure-cooker environment of disability debate and policy, just how do we stop politicians from “cherry-picking” data that fits their prejudices.
Scotland’s wealthiest households are now over 273 times better off than the most deprived, with inequality, according to a report , made worse by the tax and benefits system. The Oxfam report calls for a “fundamental change” to the current economic model, focusing on the creation of an official Poverty Commissioner for Scotland and a […]
A study (.pdf) by researchers at the Institute for Fiscal Studies found that households in receipt of a Winter Fuel Payment spent 41% of the payment on fuel. The researchers said an “unlabelled” payment would lead to just 3% of the payment being used on fuel. The findings contradict previous theories and research.
The UK government has finally responded to public anger about organised tax avoidance. The new proposals to beat tax avoidance laid out won’t work, as they expect opaque corporations to come clean.
Corporation Tax was cut in the Chancellor’s Autumn statement. But where does Britain stand in comparison to other developed countries? Research from the Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation suggests the UK’s corporate tax system is uncompetitive.