For too long the UK has relied on cheap energy from the North Sea which has stopped us from investing in energy efficient homes. The UK lags behind the rest of Europe and UNISON argue that a radical new programme is needed.
The government have allocated 73 million pounds in the quest to unlock the potential of Big Data. Within the social sciences the ESRC has been given money to develop four new research centres to allow policy makers, local government and business to benefit from the “Big Data revolution”.
Stringent anti-bullying measures and other support strategies could ensure disabled children have fewer behavioural issues in their early years says new research using the Millennium Cohort Study.
Dementia in old age worries us all. Recent research suggests the risk of dementia in the UK is going down, but this could be reversed if we fail to put more focus on prevention rather than cure, says Iain Lang.
Will women’s representation in parliament increase after the forthcoming general election?
New research shows that poverty and deprivation are becoming the norm for a third of all households whilst full-time work no longer offers an escape route for the poor. Is it time for the government to re-think its policies on welfare and work?
One in five children today live in a single parent household. Many see this as a cause for concern, but is there evidence to support those concerns or does the evidence tell a different story?
In 2012–13, 10.6 million individuals (17%) had a household income below the official absolute poverty line. When incomes are measured after deducting housing costs, however, the number below the poverty line (e.g. below £235 per week for a childless couple) rose by about 600,000 in 2012–13 to 14.6 million (23%). This is about 2.0 million […]
The average house price in rural areas is 11 times higher than the average wage according to research published by the National Housing Federation. It finds that wages in rural areas would need to rise by 150 per cent for people living in rural areas to be able to afford a mortgage. It also found […]
The scale of domestic abuse in the United Kingdom is under-estimated with as many as 4 in 5 of all cases going unreported. While crime surveys throw some light on the scale of the problem there is a need for more focussed research to enable a clearer picture of the problem and its impact on the victims of abuse.