Complacency is the biggest energy challenge!

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.

Big Data for business and local government

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”.

Dementia and why we need to prevent it

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.

Number below the poverty line continues to rise

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 […]

Unaffordable housing: crisis in the countryside

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 […]

Domestic abuse – telling the untold story

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.