February 25th, 2016

Nuffield Early Language Intervention improves skills by up to four months

An independent evaluation of the Nuffield Early Language Intervention has found that it improves the vocabulary, grammar and listening skills of four- and five-year-olds by as much as four months. 

February 23rd

Adjusting Scotland’s block grant – the options on the table

The UK and Scottish Governments have so far failed to agree the new 'fiscal framework' that must accompany the transfer of tax and welfare powers recommended by the Smith Commission and set out in the Scotland Bill. Perhaps the biggest bone of contention is how to adjust Scotland’s block grant to reflect the associated transfer of tax revenues and welfare spending to the Scottish Government.

February 8th

IFS Green Budget says Mr Osborne is boxed in by his own rule and will have to pull off a precarious balancing act

The IFS Green Budget 2016, produced in association with ICAEW and funded by the Nuffield Foundation with analysis from Oxford Economics, is published today. This is an extract from the IFS press release. For the full release and to download the Green Budget, visit the IFS website

February 3rd

Universal credit cuts support for working families, but helps make work pay

During this parliament the government plans to replace most of the means-tested benefits system for working-age families with a single payment called universal credit (UC). A series of pre-emptive cuts means that introducing UC will in the long run reduce the generosity of the benefit system – including to working families, in a reversal of the original intention. But it will still do a lot to help make work pay for many of those who currently face the most severe disincentives.

January 29th

What does the row over Google’s tax bill tell us about the corporate tax system?

Corporate tax has rarely excited the imagination of the public as much as in recent years. This week Google has become the latest company to attract widespread anger over the amount of tax it has paid in the UK. The sense that there are some big, profitable companies paying relatively little in corporate tax has led many to try to allocate blame. Are multinationals simply behaving badly? Is HMRC cutting sweetheart deals with favoured companies? Have politicians failed in their task of writing the tax rules?

January 13th

‘No win, no fee’ has made pursuing a clinical negligence claim more accessible for many but some serious cases may fall through the funding gap

The growth in lawyers working on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis has removed the financial barrier to pursuing a clinical negligence claim for many people, but a small number of serious cases may be falling through the funding gap, according to research published by the Nuffield Foundation.

January 6th

Tim Gardam appointed Chief Executive of the Nuffield Foundation

The board of trustees is delighted to announce the appointment of influential educator and broadcaster Tim Gardam as the new Chief Executive of the Nuffield Foundation.

Tim is currently Principal of St Anne’s College at the University of Oxford and Chairman of the Which? Council. He will take up his position at the Foundation on 1 September 2016.

December 23rd, 2015

Christmas and New Year opening hours

The Nuffield Foundation will be closed from Thursday 24 December until Monday 4 January.

December 14th

Family court ‘recycles’ one in three young mums

At least one in four women who have lost a child through court order will return to the family court in relation to a subsequent child. For women who were teenagers at the birth of their first child, this figure increases to one in three. 

December 10th

New podcast series on sound evidence in human rights

Human rights researcher Professor Todd Landman will launch a project that aims to share and promote the hard facts about human rights through podcasting today (International Human Rights Day). The project is funded by the Nuffield Foundation.