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Full speed ahead: connecting our cities and regions

This new report calls for a step change in transport investment and a more determined and joined-up commitment towards creating an integrated city-to-city transport network.  The report records the progress being made, but makes the case for a more ambitious approach towards devolved transport decision making and a review of the way transport schemes are considered and funded. Click here to view

Red alert: why Labour lost and what needs to change

This new report places the spotlight on why Labour lost the election and what might need to change. The report highlights which seats Labour lost, who turned their back on Labour and what issues the party was weakest on. It also sets out what some of the policy implications of the defeat might be, not least in regard to age, class and place. Click here to view

Delivering local growth: Where next for Local Enterprise Partnerships?

This new Smith Institute and PwC report captures the views of LEP chairs and chief executives on how to deliver on their potential and unlock local growth in 2015 and beyond. Based on 22 interviews with LEP leaders it highlights the main priorities and obstacles facing the LEPs over the next five years, in particular around their capacity and capability to deliver on their ambitions. Click here to view

New report calls for stronger links between housing associations and councils and LEPs

This new report places the spotlight on fast changing relationship between local authorities and housing associations. Welfare reform, reductions in housing grant and plans to extend Right to Buy mean historic relationships must change if they are to continue to effectively support their communities and build affordable homes. The report sets out recommendations on how to strengthen the relationship and build new ones with LEPs. Click here to view

Who governs Britain?

What is the background of the MPs in the new Parliament? What is their education and occupational profile, gender and age? And, how have these trends changed since 2010? This analysis of MPs in the 2015 Parliament addresses these questions and shows how far our elected politicians reflect wider society. Click here to view


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Healthcare - The next five years

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