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5th September 2017

Joining the elite: how top universities can enhance social mobility

Recent increases in the number of students going to university have been celebrated widely, and are a sign that more opportunities are becoming available to young people from less advantaged backgrounds. Still, large gaps remain between socioeconomic groups, and have shown no signs of decreasing. The gaps only grow when looking at the most selective universities

23rd August 2017

Bobbies on the net: a police workforce for the digital age

As crime changes, police forces must respond. Technological developments in recent decades – most notably the growth of the internet – have digitised traditional forms of crime, providing new opportunities for fraudsters, sex offenders and drug dealers. Technology also creates a new frontline of crime, which previously would not have existed. The implications of the fourth industrial revolution are yet to be fully understood. Today, almost half of crime relies on digital technology, and that is likely to rise.

18th July 2017

Gainful gigging: employment services for the platform economy

Growth in digital access and literacy and the emergence of online labour platforms have made it much easier and cheaper for individuals to negotiate short-term employment agreements.

This has encouraged a growing number of people to take up flexible freelance projects or ‘gigs’ via online platforms. Such platforms have expanded rapidly in recent years, and growth trends suggest this is likely to continue.

29th June 2017

The future of public services: digital borders

Today’s report, 'The future of public services: digital borders', identifies opportunities for new technology to improve the security and efficiency of the UK border for trade and passengers alike. This paper is the sixth in a series, conducted in partnership with Accenture, looking at the transformative role technology will play in the future delivery of public services.

27th June 2017

Social care: a prefunded solution

As the UK population ages, the cost of publicly funded social care in the UK is projected to rise from 1.0 per cent of GDP (£19.0 billion) today to more than 2.0 per cent of GDP (£40.1 billion) in 2066-67. It is this threat to the UK’s long-term public finances that led to the Conservative party manifesto commitment that “…those who can should rightly contribute to their care from savings and accumulated wealth” through the introduction of a “single capital floor, set at £100,000”. Dubbed the ‘dementia tax’ during the campaign, it is not yet clear whether the manifesto proposals will in fact be dropped.

17th February 2017

Reform submission: Government’s green paper consultation on “Improving Lives: the Work, Health and Disability Green Paper”

Reform recognises the urgent need to reform the welfare system in order to better support people with a disability or health condition. As the Green Paper states, this must ensure appropriate support both for those who can work (according to their capacity, which may be limited) and those who cannot.

16th February 2017

Saving STPs. Achieving meaningful health and social care reform

Current ambitions for NHS reform rest on Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs). These aim to bring local leaders together to create cohesive systems of care that are proactive, not reactive, with a focus on prevention and care being delivered in the community rather than in hospitals. They also aim for health and social care systems to properly exploit technology. All this will save time and money and deliver better quality care. In their current form, however, STPs are not going to work.