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Major new report sets out agenda to fix Britain’s broken workplaces

A major new Smith Institute report, written by Ed Sweeney, the former chair of ACAS shows that Britain has too many poor performing workplaces where employees are often badly treated, underpaid, over-worked and ignored. The report, welcomed by Labour, the TUC, and EEF calls on government to do more to narrow the divide between the rest and the best and to positively intervene to tackle problems at work. Click here to view
Making work better

Tomorrow the Smith Institute will be publishing a major new report into the world of work by Ed Sweeney, the former chair of ACAS. The report which sets out an agenda for government will be launched in Birmingham with Labour's business secretary Chuka Umunna MP. For more details about the launch or the report, please contact

New Smith Institute Report on outsourcing the cuts

New Smith Institute report highlights the impact of outsourcing on low-paid workers  click here to view

More funds for planning key to building new homes

A new Smith Institute report based on interviews with developers and planning officers found that both parties were concerned that cuts in funding for planning departments was frustrating new housing development. The report also examined views of neighbourhood planning, NPPF, S106 and the Community Infrastructure Levy and sets out what could be changed to improve the planning system. Click here to view

Housing sector can help avoid NHS crisis

A new Smith Institute report shows the key role the social housing sector can play in helping the NHS deal with the twin threats of budget squeezes and an ageing population. The report, based on interviews with over 50 key figures from the health and housing sectors, looks at how creative partnerships between the sectors can help deliver efficiency savings and improve health outcomes. Click here to view 


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