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There is a broad consensus that increasing productivity is the key economic challenge. Whilst attention is often focused on skills, investment or infrastructure, the importance of what happens inside the workplace between employees and managers is often overlooked. To address this oversight the Institute is undertaking an inquiry into productivity at work. Please click on the following link for more details and how you can submit evidence to the inquiry: click to download call for evidence.

Public services on brink of recruitment crisis

This new survey by the Institute and the Recruitment & Employment Confederation of employment agencies (in health, social care, local government and education) shows that our public services are on the brink of a major recruitment crisis. The survey highlights the difficulties in recruiting staff, especially highly skilled and experienced workers, and predictions from most that the situation will get worse. Click here to view
New shadow housing minister sets out case for investing in social housing

In a new report, 'High aspirations, sound foundations' John Healey MP kicks off a debate about the urgent social housing crisis facing Britain. The analysis shows there are viable alternatives to the government's expensive housing policies and sets out how Labour can revive social housing and reduce the needlessly costly housing benefit bill. Click here to view

The Smith Institute at Labour Party Conference

Please join us at our conference fringe events at the Labour party conference. This year’s programme includes events on top pay, collective bargaining and growth, the EU referendum, consumer rights, social housing and banker bashing. Speakers include: Owen Smith MP, John Healey MP, Pat McFadden MP, Steve Reed MP and Roberta Blackman Woods MP. View our whole programme here

Public sector facing growing staffing crisis

This new report places the spotlight on the impact of the public sector pay free on recruitment and retention in the NHS and local government. Based on surveys and interviews the report highlights the serious staffing crisis facing public services.

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Housing associations and an ageing population

Healthcare - The next five years

Towards a suburban renaissance

Healthcare and the local economy

Tomorrow's transport system


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