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Making healthcare work better for the local economy

This new report, featuring contributions from leading policy makers and practitioners, sets out thecompelling economic case for reducing health inequalities. The authors argue that forging closer links between health and local economic growth will be vital to the future success and prosperity of places. Click here to view
Local devolution must deliver a ‘double dividend’

This new discussion paper makes the case that devolution offers the chance to tackle poverty and inequality by doing things differently – but current thinking may lead us towards the same mistakes. The report argues a ‘Double Dividend’ approach is required in which both economic and social success are seen as intrinsic to local prosperity. Social outcomes such as decent wages, and enduring social institutions, are key to an area’s sustainable economic success but are too often seen as a barrier to growth. Click here to view
Ageing population set to cost housing associations an extra £1 billion a year by 2034

This new Smith Institute report suggests that the UK’s ageing population could cost housing associations an extra £1 billion a year by 2034. The report shows that the sector will need to do more to prepare to themselves to meet the needs of an additional half a million residents over 65. Whilst aware of the ageing tenant population they are not always factoring in the potential impacts housing and service needs in their long-term business planning. Click here to view

New Smith Institute report highlights stark wealth divide

This new report analyses new data from ONS to highlight the inter- and intra- generational wealth divides. The report outlines a typology of households by wealth and exposes a number of critical questions for public policy makers. The report also places the spotlight on housing divide and sets out possible mechanisms to reduce wealth disparities. Click here to view
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


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Healthcare - The next five years

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