February 4th, 2015

Experience counts: smoothing the school to work transition

A report published today shows a need for further policies that can help young people at the start of their working lives, steering them towards positive outcomes and helping them to achieve independence. This brings personal benefits to those involved, but also offers substantial exchequer benefits, as there is strong evidence that adverse early labour market experiences have long-lasting effects, increasing the risk of unemployment and lower earnings as adults.

Uncertainty over size and shape of painful measures to follow election

The IFS Green Budget 2015, in association with ICAEW and funded by the Nuffield Foundation with analysis from Oxford Economics, is published today.

February 3rd

Public participation should be at the heart of big data projects

Public participation should be at the heart of big data projects in health care and biomedical research, according to the findings of a new report by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics. The report calls for greater transparency about how people’s data are used, and recommends the introduction of criminal penalties in the UK for the misuse of data.

January 30th

Men and younger workers see biggest falls in pay; low-paid see smaller falls than those on higher earnings

The employment rate has returned to its pre-crisis level, but wages remain well below their 2008 peak. Median hourly wages, adjusted for (RPIJ) inflation, were still 4.7% lower in 2014 than in 2008 (according to the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings).

January 29th

Education secretary asks Ofqual to reconsider removing practical assessment from science qualifications

We welcome Nicky Morgan’s request for Ofqual to reconsider its decision to remove practical assessment from science A levels and GCSEs.

Speaking at the Politeia thinktank in London on Tuesday, the education secretary said: “I am concerned that a decision to remove practical assessment from science qualifications is in danger of holding back the next generation of scientists.

January 27th

The Coalition’s Social Policy Record: Policy, Spending and Outcomes 2010-2015

Youngest children and poorer households worst hit by Coalition’s selective cuts, according to major new report.

Poorer groups have been worst affected by changes to direct taxes, benefits and tax credits despite the Coalition’s promise that the rich would carry the burden of austerity, according to a major new report from LSE and the Universities of Manchester and York. As a result, poverty has been increasing and will get worse in the next five years.

January 23rd

Low-income households with children and the very rich have lost the most from coalition’s tax and benefit changes

The coalition government has implemented a set of tax changes which, broadly speaking, have left middle income households better off and have hit high income households. Accompanying benefit changes have reduced the incomes of poorer working age households and reduced the incomes of most families with children.

January 22nd

Why are children from poor neighbourhoods more likely to be subject to a child protection intervention than those living in better off areas?

The Nuffield Foundation has awarded a research grant of over £550,000 to the new Centre for Communities and Social Justice (CSJ) at Coventry University to study inequalities in child welfare systems across the UK. Coventry will lead the project that will also involve six partner UK universities.

January 14th

Preschool attendance boosts language in disadvantaged children

Young children from socioeconomically disadvantaged areas such as Barking and Dagenham who regularly attend pre-school have significantly higher oral language performance than those who don’t, according to new research led by academics from City University London.

January 12th

IFS launches election 2015 website

The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has launched its new election website, funded by the Nuffield Foundation. The website (http://election2015.ifs.org.uk/) features analysis of what has happened over this parliament and the implications of the different parties' fiscal policies.