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September 30th

New tool to democratise debates on tax and welfare policy across the UK

The first version of UKMOD, a transparent, free-to-access tax and benefit microsimulation model, is released by the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) at the University of Essex today.

September 27th

The Prime Minister’s proposed tax cuts would cost billions, with most of the giveaway going to those on high incomes

Given the uncertain state of the economy and public spending promises which will raise the deficit, promising tax cuts in the short run looks risky. Any new tax cuts should be designed to improve the design and efficiency of the tax system, promote growth or achieve some clear distributional objective.

September 18th

Further education has faced the biggest cuts in recent years, with a 12% fall since 2010

The extra £4.3 billion just committed for schools in England by 2022 will just about reverse the cuts of 8% in spending per pupil since 2009. Even so, an effective 13-year real-terms freeze will still represent an unprecedented period without growth.

Meanwhile the 4% (£300 million) increase in spending per student on further education and sixth forms announced for next year will still leave them over £1 billion short of what they would need to fully reverse cuts since 2010.

Quarter of teachers in England report 60-hour working week

One in four teachers work more than 60 hours a week and many work in the evenings, despite successive government promises to reduce their hours, according to a new UCL-led study

Funded by the Nuffield Foundation, the study is the first to look at data from more than 40,000 primary and secondary teachers in England collected between 1992 and 2017.

September 9th

British public want restrictions on the use of facial recognition technology

The first national survey of public opinion on the use of facial recognition technology reveals the majority of people in the UK want companies, the government, and public bodies to limit use of the technology including by the police and in schools.