United Kingdom

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Understanding digital poverty and inequality in the UK

In 2022, the British Academy commissioned six projects that examined different aspects of digital poverty in the United Kingdom. This report highlights the central themes and findings that emerge across the evidence base of outputs produced by the commissioned projects, and uses these findings to...
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A new consensus? How public opinion has warmed to immigration

Public attitudes to immigration in the United Kingdom have warmed considerably in recent years. This paper - drawing on new analysis of attitudes data, including the British Election Study and the Ipsos immigration tracker - explores how views have changed and what this means for...
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Sanctuary UK: reforming our broken asylum system

This paper argues that the UK Home Office should lose its responsibility for immigration, with a new arm’s-length body named Sanctuary UK set up to overhaul the system and create a new, more humane system.
Journal article

The feasibility of deriving the Electronic Frailty Index from Australian general practice records

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Maree Ticehurst, Ruth Peters, Rona Macniven, Magnolia Cardona
Across the world, people are living longer, but with more chronic conditions, disability and frailty. This study aimed to examine the feasibility of deriving an electronic Frailty Index (eFI) and to use the index to describe the prevalence of frailty and the prevalence with socioeconomic...
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Understanding ‘Early Exiters’: the case for a healthy ageing workforce strategy

Compared to before the pandemic, there are over 100,000 more people aged 50-64 who are no longer in work because of a long-term health condition in the United Kingdom. This report explores this issue in greater detail.
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Spending and stability: how much fiscal space does the UK have?

This briefing outlines the current macroeconomic situation and disentangles the binding constraints on fiscal policy in the United Kingdom in the short term and the medium term.
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Understanding the rise in Channel crossings

The purpose of this paper is to promote research on the reasons for the increase in the rise of people crossing the English Channel by small boat, to help form a firmer basis for a humane and effective policy response.
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Come together to end domestic abuse: a survey of UK attitudes to domestic abuse 2022

Women's Aid's 'Come Together to End Domestic Abuse' campaign involves a range of activities, including media partnerships, events and public awareness. The campaign has research and evaluation at its heart. The aim of their recent survey was to design a piece of formative research to...
Policy report

Lessons from the history of UK environmental policy

This report aims to provide policy-makers with an opportunity to revisit, review and reflect on environmental policies in the United Kingdom over the years. In doing so, the intention is that lessons can be learnt from the successes and failures of previous environmental policies.
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Developing learning health systems in the UK: priorities for action

A learning health system (LHS) is a way of describing a systematic approach to iterative, data-driven improvement. This report was informed by a literature review, interviews, a survey of more than 100 expert stakeholders, and a series of practical case studies, offering real-world examples of...
Survey

The state of free speech in UK universities: what students and the public think

This research, by the Policy Institute at King’s College London, is based on two new representative surveys of UK university students. The study reveals two main patterns – firstly, that the large majority of university students in the UK think their universities are protecting their...
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How Australia can stop unfair business practices

This report explores laws that ban or restrict unfair practices across Europe, United States, United Kingdom and Singapore and the lessons that Australia can learn from them. It also outlines the elements that Australia could consider when implementing an effective unfair trading prohibition.
Report

New horizons: what can England learn from the professionalisation of care workers in other countries?

Care workers have undoubtedly been first on the front line, delivering care in perilous conditions, but last to see any meaningful acknowledgement and reward for their continuing perseverance. This report argues that there is now an opportunity for policy-makers to reverse the deepening workforce recruitment...
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Using real-time indicators for economic decision-making in government

This paper reviews the elements that contributed to successes in using real-time data during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the challenges faced during this period, with a view to distilling some lessons for future use in government.
Policy report

Tackling the UK’s energy efficiency problem

With the United Kingdom paying the price for a decade of policy failure on energy policy, and with ministers giving the issue insufficient attention, this report sets out how the government can learn from successes abroad and failures at home, and develop a stable, long-term...
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The new majority: the state and future of the British centre-right

Over the last few years, the centre-right coalition in the United Kingdom has broadened beyond recognition – illustrated most strikingly by the Conservative Party’s landslide win at the 2019 election. The author of this report argues that the conservative movement’s future lies in paying disproportionate...
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Becoming a minister: getting to grips with departmental budgets

After any change of prime minister or general election, a new administration is likely to bring both new policy priorities and new ministers. But making change in policy is not only about policy design and delivery, it is also about paying for those changes and...
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Vaping regulation in 2022: identifying gaps in the regulation of e-cigarettes

E-cigarette products present a novel challenge to regulators in the United Kingdom. However, policies encouraging e-cigarette use need careful designing to avoid causing negative outcomes. This report explores this dilemma and, in identifying a number of clear gaps in the regulation, recommends what measures should...
Discussion paper

Addressing rising energy bills: what could the new prime minister do?

UK households are experiencing a severe cost of living crisis. Annualised bills for a typical household are currently rapidly. The UK government has already provided some support, but more is likely to be needed. This paper lays out the government’s options.
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Reforming public appointments

Ministers make appointments to powerful roles across the public sector. These can be controversial, so ensuring a high calibre of appointees is important. This report responds to concerns about the appointments process – and standards in public life generally – by proposing reforms to restore...