Discussion paper

Finding the right skills for the civil service

This paper examines the skills that the civil service has and those it needs to meet the demands of government in the coming years. It considers how the civil service workforce is managed, and reviews progress made in recent years.
Report

Judicial review and policy making: the role of legal advice in government

This paper examines one of the key checks and balances in the UK constitution, judicial review - the process by which individuals and groups can challenge the lawfulness of a public body’s decision.
Policy report

Uber and beyond: policy implications for the UK

Following the recent United Kingdom's Supreme Court judgement on Uber’s employment model and the global legal and regulatory pressures on the broader platform business model, this policy brief explores the implications of these developments for work and productivity in the UK economy.
Policy report

Covid passports: key questions for the government

The UK government’s failure to engage with fundamental questions over how vaccine passports would work could harm confidence in the government’s approach – at a critical moment in the vaccine rollout and lockdown exit roadmap. This report says the government must address concerns over how...
Policy report

The future of enforcement for migrant workers in Australia: lessons from overseas

This report offers a series of pragmatic policy solutions to motivate employers to engage with their employees fairly, and to remove barriers to justice for migrants who have been exploited.
Policy report

Decarbonising heating at home

This report examines two major policies targeting renewable heat and energy performance in buildings in the UK from the past decade – the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) in Great Britain, and the minimum energy efficiency standard (MEES) in private rented housing in England. It also...
Report

Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities: the report

This report explores quantitative data and qualitative evidence to understand why race disparities in the United Kingdom exist, what works, and what does not.
Briefing paper

Strategies for promoting integration at the city region level

This briefing paper highlights how many city mayors in the United Kingdom are exploring innovative approaches to promote integration for migrant communities in their city regions.
Report

Escaping the city? How COVID-19 might affect the UK’s economic geography

This report explores four possible ways the involuntary experiment with remote work might change the United Kingdom’s labour market and economic geography.
Report

Responding to shocks: 10 lessons for government

As the United Kingdom hits the anniversary of the first national lockdown, this report sets out 10 lessons that government should learn from its handling of the COVID-19 crisis.