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Housing White Paper offers no hope for young people: here’s what could

Andy Green.  The Government’s new white paper on housing, entitled ‘fixing our broken housing market’, is not going to fix anything except the share prices of the large private development firms. As Simon Jenkins writes in The Guardian: ‘it is

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Posted in Evidence-based policy, Social sciences and social policy

Why job insecurity is bad for our health

Francis Green.  We live in uncertain times. Eight years on from the Great Recession of 2008, and still one in ten workers across Europe is unemployed – that’s 21 million people. Global growth is faltering and in Europe the “Brexit”

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Posted in Social sciences and social policy

Hidden sins of economic crisis: the problem of unhappiness at work

Francis Green When the financial crisis and recession hit Britain more than six years ago, many feared for the loss of jobs. Respectable forecasters expected unemployment to reach three million, as it had in the 1980s era of high Thatcherism.

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Yes, there is an alternative to England’s bewildering school system

Peter Mortimore I have been aware of problems in the education system for as long as I can remember. As a child growing up in the late 1940s, I was persecuted by the fear of failing the 11+. Both my elder

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Posted in International comparisons

Falling pay, less happiness at work

Francis Green Two months ago the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) revealed that the cuts in real wages in Britain over the last few years of stagnation have been the deepest since records began. And now figures collated by the

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