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30 April 2010
'Couple penalties’ in tax and benefit system are widespread, but almost impossible to eliminate The majority of people in the UK would receive more financial support from the state if they were single (or told the authorities they were...
28 April 2010
Director of the IFS Robert Chote has accused all three main parties of being “vague on their plans for public spending” in their plans to repair public finances. Speaking at a press briefing to present analysis on public finances,...
22 April 2010
The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has published its analysis of the options for reforming the current system of fees and loans applying to full-time undergraduate study. Funded by the Nuffield Foundation, the IFS analysis shows that: The...
19 April 2010
Parental marital status is not the primary cause of differences in children’s social, emotional and cognitive development between those born to married and cohabiting couples, according to new research from the Institute of Fiscal Studies (...
15 April 2010
A significant number of organisations in the UK are charged with the audit, inspection and scrutiny of government. The judgements they make have an impact on the public services we use. But what do we know about how these organisations collect...
09 April 2010
Are you looking for independent, rigorous and accessible analysis of the main political parties’ economic proposals in the run-up to the general election? The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has published a series of briefing notes that...
31 March 2010
The Nuffield Foundation has re-launched its Social Science Small Grants Scheme. Trustees will award grants of up to £15,000 for research projects in line with the Foundation’s areas of interest including: Children and families...
26 March 2010
Good textbooks are more important for high attainment in maths than factors such as setting or expensive IT equipment, according to a new study into international comparisons of maths attainment in schools. The study was commissioned by the...
18 March 2010
Thomas Hearing was named Young Scientist of the Year in this year’s annual National Science & Engineering Competition at The Big Bang Fair in Manchester. Thomas’s winning project was undertaken in summer 2009 while on a Nuffield...
15 March 2010
Academics at the University of Surrey have concluded that ethnic minority football players in the English Premiership are not treated unfairly by referees when being disciplined on the pitch. Dr Rob Witt, head of the Economics Department at the...
15 March 2010
Reforms to public sector pension provision will need to balance the needs of public sector workers, the Government as an employer and the impact on taxpayers according to a new report by the Pensions Policy Institute (PPI). The report, funded by...
15 February 2010
A study about childhood aspirations and reality that has been ongoing for 50 years will feature in a new BBC Radio 4 series. In 1969 when they were 11 years old, 14,000 British children were asked to write 30-minute essays predicting what they...
27 January 2010
The Government will consider rolling out successful new therapies for improving language and communication skills amongst 11-13 year olds, currently being trialled in schools in two east London boroughs. Speaking in the House of Commons,...
12 January 2010
A groundbreaking new research project will examine the relationship between parents’ marital status and their children’s development of key cognitive, behavioural, social and emotional skills. The project will be undertaken by the...
18 December 2009
The overall level of teenage mental health problems is no longer on the increase and may even be in decline, according to new research published by the Nuffield Foundation. There was no rise in the level of emotional problems such as anxiety and...
14 December 2009
Fair Trials International, an organisation defending the rights of those facing charges abroad, has published new research into the provision of consular assistance to people facing criminal charges abroad. Consular assistance is a vital public...
03 December 2009
New legislation to relax the restrictions on media reporting of family court cases lacks sufficient clarity about what can be reported and could put the privacy of vulnerable children at risk, according to a new briefing paper published by the...
26 November 2009
A study by a research team from the University of Oxford has found a direct association between the programme and improvements in fair employment, both for Catholics and Protestants. Since 1989, Northern Ireland's affirmative action...
26 November 2009
Specialist resources aimed at improving literacy amongst deaf children are now available online and are already proving popular with teachers. The resources have been developed by Professor Terezinha Nunes from the University of Oxford and...
25 November 2009
Social workers in England have more responsibility and a wider remit than many of their continental European counterparts, according to a new report published by the Thomas Coram Research Unit at the Institute of Education, and funded by the...