Think tank

New index reveals most and least prosperous local authorities

13/05/2021

A new index to track the Government's progress on its 'levelling up' agenda has been launched today by a think tank.

Report calls for thousands of new green jobs in areas worst hit by pandemic

05/05/2021

More than 16,000 new green jobs could be created in areas with the greatest employment challenges with Government investment and raised ambition, according to new research by a think tank.

Social care reform depends on market overhaul

15/04/2021

Social care reform will ‘fail’ without addressing weaknesses in the provider market, a think-tank has warned.

Think tank calls for reform of 'regressive' council tax in Scotland

12/04/2021

Council tax in Scotland should be increased to the same levels as the rest of the UK, a think tank has argued today.

Public back more city devolution

09/04/2021

More than eight in ten people support more devolution to England’s largest cities, a new poll has revealed.

Think tank calls for political action on community power

23/02/2021

New legislation should be created to give communities more power over their places and services, a think tank has argued today.

Think tank calls for collaboration in face of ‘stark’ health inequalities

22/02/2021

A think tank has called on health and care organisations across London to continue working together closely after the pandemic in order to tackle health inequalities across the capital.

Think tank calls for a ‘street votes’ approach in the suburbs

17/02/2021

Local residents should be given the power to set their own local development rules at a street level, and share the wealth created by new housing, a think tank has proposed today.

Pandemic pushes 450,000 families into housing debt, says report

16/02/2021

A further 450,000 families have fallen behind on their housing payments due to the impact of the pandemic, a think tank has warned today.

Think tank's launches levelling up Big Bang theory

15/02/2021

The Government should launch a Northern Big Bang to ‘unleash a torrent of investment into the Northern economy’ says a report from a Conservative think-tank.

Councils face £1.3bn shortfall on council tax, says IFS

05/02/2021

Councils face a £1.3bn shortfall in the council tax they were expecting for 2020-21, finance think tank the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has calculated.

Pandemic is 'levelling down' the South, report warns

25/01/2021

The economic damage caused by the coronavirus pandemic will make it four times harder to level up the North and Midlands, a new study has revealed.

New proposals to fix Britain's 'fraying social fabric'

12/01/2021

Every local area should be represented by a parish or town council in order to rebuild ‘fraying’ communities after the pandemic, a think tank has argued today.

Public health cuts biggest in North East

09/12/2020

The Midlands and the North have suffered the biggest public health cuts in England, new analysis has revealed.

Think tank calls for £164bn stimulus in spending review

23/11/2020

The UK’s economy needs a £164bn cash injection to restart it fully after the COVID-19 crisis, a think tank has said.

Think-tank issues warning on Brexit readiness

03/11/2020

Local authorities and the devolved nations risk being overwhelmed by Brexit as they are trying to deal with the COVID-19 crisis, a think tank has claimed.

Government needs a plan to tackle public service backlog, says IfG

02/11/2020

The Government needs a plan to address backlogs in public services caused by the coronavirus crisis, a new report has claimed.

Think tank proposes 10-point plan to reform business rates

29/10/2020

The valuation of business rates should be devolved to local government, under proposals published by the Centre for Cities.

Think tank calls for a 'family stimulus' boost

28/10/2020

A 'family stimulus' would help support hard-hit families through the pandemic, a new report has said.

Streamline local government under plans to save £30bn a year, think tank argues

21/10/2020

Streamlining local government and selling off high-value council properties could save billions every year, according to a think tank.

Government 'likely' to miss full fibre broadband 2025 target

07/10/2020

A Government promise to deliver full fibre broadband to every home by 2025 is likely to be missed unless ministers make radical changes to telecoms policy, think tank warns.

Levelling up agenda would add £242bn to economy each year, research finds

05/10/2020

Successfully delivering on the levelling agenda would boost the economy by £242bn a year, new research has argued today.

Think tank calls for sweeping reforms to local taxes

06/07/2020

A group of former Treasury special advisers have called for revaluation of the council tax and reform of  business rates to boost the economy post-COVID-19.

Youth unemployment to double this year, warns think tank

03/07/2020

The number of unemployed young people could double this year without government intervention, a think tank has warned today.

Housing sector at risk of collapse due to Covid-19, think tank warns

10/06/2020

At least 76,000 homes are at risk of not being built this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, a think tank has warned today.

Think tank warns of growing educational gap during lockdown

18/05/2020

Children from better-off families are spending more time on educational activities than those from the poorest households, a think tank has found.

Debt collection needs reform, says think tank

27/04/2020

Local government should follow the lead of the private sector when it comes to debt collection, the latest report from the Centre for Social Justice think tank has claimed.

Think tank argues social care should be 'free at point of use' after Covid-19

22/04/2020

The Government has been urged to use the coronavirus crisis to undertake long term social care reform, in a new report by the Policy Exchange.

Think tank calls for benefit cap to be suspended to protect renters

09/04/2020

Social housing tenants are the most likely to be affected by the current economic crisis, a new report has found today.

Councils in London urged to increase cost of residential parking permits

18/03/2020

Councils in London are under-charging for residential on-street parking spaces, a think tank has found today.

Work alone cannot eliminate poverty, think tank says

04/02/2020

Policy makers need to focus on further interventions to reduce poverty, think tank says as a new report warns that work alone cannot eliminate poverty.

One in 19 deaths in cities due to air pollution, think tank reveals

27/01/2020

A think tank has urged councils to take urgent action to improve air quality in cities after research reveals that more than one in 19 deaths in urban areas is caused by pollution.

Think tank calls for levy to fund digital inclusion

24/01/2020

A think tank has called for reform of the Banking Levy on banks and financial service providers to fund the delivery of digital inclusion schemes.

Think tank launches new strategy to tackle ‘poor health outcomes’

24/01/2020

The King’s Fund has announced a new strategy which places a ‘stronger focus’ on improving health and care services for people who currently have the poorest health outcomes.

Universal Credit creating ‘a complex mix of winners and losers’

21/01/2020

The impact Universal Credit is having on different parts of the country is being ‘ignored’ a think tank has warned today.

Think tank warns red tape is ‘strangling’ the high street

17/01/2020

National planning guidelines and local plans are failing to revitalise the high street, a new report by a think tank has warned.

Major parties ‘fall short’ on social care funding commitments

04/12/2019

None of the three major parties have pledged enough in social care funding to fix the ongoing crisis in care provision, a health think tank has concluded.

Party commitments on council funding ‘starkly’ different, think tank says

03/12/2019

Money allocated to local government in the Conservative manifesto would not be enough to meet rising costs over the next parliament, think tank says.

No parties would reduce child poverty, warns think tank

26/11/2019

None of the party manifestos would reduce levels of child poverty, new research from the Resolution Foundation has found.

Think tanks calls for public health funding to be linked to NHS budgets

05/11/2019

Public health funding should be linked to increases in the NHS budget, a briefing published by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) suggests.

Rent caps needed to curb housing crisis, report says

04/10/2019

A think tank has called for local leaders to have the power to cap rents in high-cost areas.

It’s time to reboot localism, says think tank

23/09/2019

Local authorities should formally commit to including the neighbourhood in all decision making processes, says Centre for London.

Think tank reveals outsourcing’s ‘mixed’ record

16/09/2019

Outsourcing services has delivered savings to citizens, although politicians have ‘consistently overstated’ the extent of these savings, think tank says.

Think tank calls for radical reform of children’s services

10/09/2019

A radical new approach to children’s services is needed to avert the growing crisis, a think tank has warned today.

Think tank calls for councils to have powers over immigration post-Brexit

06/09/2019

Councils should be given powers after Brexit to issue visas to foreign workers based on their assessment of local need, according to think tank Localis.

IDS think tank calls for raise in pension age to 75

19/08/2019

The state pension age should be increased to 75 in order to boost the economy by £182bn, says a centre-right think tank which is close to the Government.

More children being cared for in failing council services, says think tank

12/08/2019

Nearly 50,000 children are being cared for in areas where council services are failing, a think tank has warned today.

Education disadvantage gap has ‘stopped closing’, think tank reveals

30/07/2019

Poorer pupils in the North are struggling to keep up with their peers, an education think tank reveals, as research shows the education disadvantage gap has stopped closing.

Integrating migrants could boost economy by £7bn, think tank says

18/06/2019

A think tank has called for the setting up of ‘local integration funds’ to help migrants find jobs that match their skills as part of a series of proposals to improve integration.

Planning system 'fuelling' North-South divide, says think tank

11/06/2019

The current planning system is increasing the North-South divide, according to a think tank.

Councils spend £74m on empty properties in two years

03/06/2019

Local authorities have spent millions maintaining empty properties over the last couple of years, anti-tax campaigners have revealed.

Healing the divisions through local economic power

16/05/2019

The nation is becoming increasingly divided, but a think tank report on Britain post-Brexit provides a positive vision for the future, says Mark Whitehead.

Think tank calls for creation of a British Investment Bank

15/05/2019

An investment bank should be set up to 'kick start a productivity revolution' after Brexit, according to a local government think tank.

Think tank calls for ‘new relationship’ between employers and communities

24/04/2019

A new relationship is needed between major employers and their local communities, according to a new report.

Think tank calls for ‘major rethink’ of electric vehicles roll out

10/01/2019

The roll out of infrastructure for electric vehicles risks exacerbating the divide between rich and poor, creating ‘a tale of two cities’ in urban centres, a think tank has warned.

One in 10 deprived areas ‘food deserts’, think tank says

15/10/2018

Nearly one in 10 deprived areas in England and Wales do not have easy access to healthy, affordable food products, new study shows.

Councils urged to offer staff low interest loans

12/09/2018

Local authorities should offer staff low interest loans that could be paid back through their payroll system, according to a new report by ResPublica.

Universal Credit entering ‘most difficult phase’, think tank warns

06/09/2018

The Government should speed up Universal Credit payments if it wants its flagship welfare reform to be successful, think tank says.

Social care system demonstrates ‘remarkable resilience’

15/08/2018

Local social care services have demonstrated ‘remarkable resilience’ in the face of Government cut backs and demographic changes, think tank says.

Think tank publishes scorecard for local government financing

23/07/2018

A new scorecard assessing the options of funding local government post 2020 has been published by a think tank.

Public 'willing' to pay more tax for certain services

25/06/2018

Most people would be prepared to pay more in council tax or one-off voluntary levies to fund particular local services, a new poll has revealed today.

Whitehall cuts ‘undermining’ support services for vulnerable children

01/05/2018

Government funding reductions have forced councils to cut back on early support services for vulnerable children, an education policy think tank has found.

Report scathing on public sector accountability

23/04/2018

Britain’s system of public sector accountability is failing to keep up with the realities of modern government, a think-tank has warned.

Housing shortage condemns ‘millennials' to renting for life

17/04/2018

A think tank has called for councils to receive more support to build affordable housing as report reveals a third of millennials face renting from ‘cradle to grave.’

Industrial strategy neglecting fortunes of ‘left-behind’ areas, think tank warns

26/03/2018

The Government’s decision to focus its industrial strategy on the most advanced areas of England risks neglecting the economic fortunes of the bulk of the country, think tank warns.

Planning laws should be reformed to protect commercial space, think tank says

21/03/2018

Major cities in the North and Midlands are growing rapidly, but the Government needs to take action to protect the commercial space driving this growth, think tank says.

Scrap 'outdated and regressive council tax, says think tank

20/03/2018

Council tax is ‘outdated and regressive’, and the Government should consider scrapping it in favour of a fairer system, according to a think tank.

Think tank calls for 1% levy on gambling industry to help treat addictions

24/01/2018

Funding to help problem gamblers is three times less than funding to treat alcohol or drug abuse, a think tank has highlighted.

Pause all outsourcing and PFI contracts, urges think tank

22/01/2018

A think tank has called for an end to the Government's 'love-in' with outsourcing and Public Finance Initiatives.

Councils urged to adopt a ‘changemaking’ approach

04/01/2018

A think tank has warned that a radical cultural shift is needed in local government rather than the rigid redesign of structures.

300,000 ‘forgotten unemployed’ missing out on benefits, think tank reveals

02/01/2018

An estimated 300,000 people are ‘falling through the cracks’ of the welfare system and missing out on the financial support they are entitled to, new research reveals.

Single local councils could save £2.9bn a year, says think tank

17/11/2017

Abolishing district councils and replacing them with single unitary authorities could save £2.9bn a year, a think tank has argued.

Think tank warns of huge disparities in productivity across the country

16/11/2017

Cities in the South East of England are nearly twice as productive as other places in Britain, according to new research.

Report calls for land market reform

10/11/2017

Councils should be allowed to buy land at prices closer to its existing use value in order to unlock new social housing and generate extra income, a new report has argued.

Councils should be given powers to ‘disrupt’ housing market, think tank says

16/10/2017

Local authorities should be given powers to re-designate greenbelt land and employers should auto-enrol the young to encourage saving for house deposit, think tank says.

Think tank proposes establishment of mayors’ senate to deal with Brexit

12/10/2017

A local government think tank has told Whitehall they cannot ‘cherry pick’ what powers are handed down locally and has called for ‘radical change’ to help councils tackle major challenges.

Benefit freeze ‘biggest policy driver’ of poverty, think tanks finds

10/10/2017

Real terms cuts to working-age benefits and tax credits are set to drive almost half a million more people into poverty in 2020, think tank reveals.

Local government reforms undermined by ‘depressing’ lack of female representation, report finds

21/08/2017

Council chiefs say progress in achieving gender balance in local government should be made at a ‘faster pace’ after think tank warns of a lack of women in top jobs.

‘Local industrial strategies’ needed to boost employment in cities, think tank says

16/08/2017

A think tank has called on the Government to devise ‘local industrial strategies’ in order to tackle unemployment and underemployment in the UK’s major cities.

Local people should have control over new housing, argues think tank

11/08/2017

Up to five million new homes could be built if people in individual streets were given control over planning permission, according to the Adam Smith Institute.

Nearly half of councils using powers to ban anti-social behaviour

31/07/2017

More than 100 councils have used new powers to curb a range of anti-social behaviour – from begging to swearing – in a 16-month time period, according to a new report.

Excluded school pupils being failed by ‘broken system’ warns think tank

21/07/2017

At least half of pupils excluded from school have a mental health issue and are being failed by an ‘unjust system’, a new report has found.

Regional cities must attract investment to rebalance economy, report says

19/07/2017

Regional cities must take the lead in rebalancing the London-centric investment market, think tank says as figures reveal London captures half of the country’s commercial property investment.

Councils must tackle ‘killer fumes’ in the north, report says

18/07/2017

A progressive think tank has called on councils to do more to tackle pollution as it warns ‘killer fumes’ are blighting UK regional cities.

Housing crisis risks causing ‘demographic time bomb’, report says

17/07/2017

High house prices are preventing a generation of people from having children and risk contributing to a ‘demographic time bomb’, think tank warns.

Ending public sector pay cap would cost £10bn, think tank says

10/07/2017

Ending the public sector pay cap could cost nearly £10bn over the next five years, warns think tank.

Think tank urges urgent health and social care ‘reboot’

05/07/2017

The integration of health and social care requires an urgent ‘reboot’ by Whitehall following last month’s General Election result, think tank says.

Mental health system ‘failing’ young people warns think tank

21/06/2017

Councils should be able to retain a percentage of the pupil premium allowance to help provide school-based support services, a think tank has argued today.

Mayors must unite behind devolution agenda, think tank says

05/05/2017

England’s mayors must unite to demand more devolved powers to improve local public services and boost trade post-Brexit, a leading think tank says.

Think tank warns of 'complex and fragmented system' for HIV care

26/04/2017

People will HIV are being let down by the complexity of the health system in England, a new report has found.

Think tank calls for ‘overhaul’ of local democracy in Scotland

18/04/2017

A think tank has published a ‘blueprint’ for a complete overhaul of local governance in Scotland via the introduction of primary legislation.

Mayors can ‘transform’ city regions but need more power, report says

10/04/2017

The new metro mayors will have the power to transform their city regions, but there has been little policy development for this purpose, progressive think tank says.

Small town England must have ‘radical powers’ to make Brexit a success, says think tank

22/03/2017

Whitehall must grant small town England ‘radical new powers’ to revive moribund local economies if the country is to make a success of Brexit, think tank says.

Councils urged to adopt one of three standardised waste systems

01/03/2017

Brexit presents a 'huge opportunity' for the UK government to develop a new approach to waste and resources policy, according to the Policy Exchange think tank.

Health service reforms ‘not credible’ without social care investment

21/02/2017

Local plans to reform health services to secure the future of the NHS are ‘not credible’ unless cuts in social care and public health budgets are reversed, think tank says.

Think tank calls for creation of new Northern Infrastructure Bonds

20/02/2017

London will receive £1,500 more in transport spending per person than the North over the coming years, think tank says.

Four million more people living below an ‘adequate income’

15/02/2017

Millions of just about managing families are on the ‘tipping point’ of falling into poverty, warns think tank.

Whitehall should ‘abolish’ free childcare, think tank says

06/02/2017

The Government should abolish universal free childcare and directly target support at the most disadvantaged families, free-market think tank argues.

IPPR: Lessons from German housing market could benefit UK

05/12/2016

Germany has higher rates of housebuilding, a much less volatile housing market, and a larger private rented sector than the UK, new report reveals.

Cities suffer ‘brain drain’ as graduates move to London

21/11/2016

UK cities are suffering a ‘brain drain’ as high-achieving graduates critical to driving economic growth flock to London.

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