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Majority in poverty now live in the suburbs

This major new report shows maps the extent to which poverty is found in suburbia. It highlights that most of those in poverty live in suburbs, many suburban neighbourhoods have high concentrations of poverty, and more suburbs could become poorer. Click here to view

Report calls for action to tackle woeful under-representation of women in construction

Despite forming almost half the workforce women account for only 11 percent of construction workers and just 1 percent of those on-site. This new report, edited by Meg Munn MP and with contributors from academia and the construction industry, highlights the obstacles women face and set out an agenda for change.

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Have your say on our new inquiry into making work better launched

The Smith Institute is undertaking an inquiry (led by Ed Sweeney, former chair of ACAS) to identify what government, employers, employees (and their representatives) can do to improve working life in Britain. With cuts in real wages for most workers and low levels of job satisfaction, the focus will be on what makes for a better workplace and better employment. For information, including how to submit evidence click here


Senior Labour politicians call for a ‘new English deal’ for local government

The Smith Institute has published a new report which includes chapters from senior national and local Labour politicians who set out a new agenda for local government and argue for a radical shift of powers from Whitehall to the town hall. The booklet presents a unique insight from both leading Labour MPs and councillors. It highlights local innovation, what Labour councils are calling for and the new agenda of the shadow department of communities and local government team.

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New report shows widening house price divide

This report highlights the stark and growing divide in house prices between places in England and Wales. Detailing changes since 2007, the report shows whilst London housing market is booming in almost all parts of the country outside the capital prices are still below their peak.

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