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NEF’s 2020 reading list

December 28, 2020

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NEF’s 2020 reading list
A reading list of some of our most interesting work from this year, for you to digest over the festive season

28 December 2020

We’re really proud of the work that NEF has done this year, often in really challenging conditions. With this in mind, we have collated a reading list of some of our most important and interesting work, for you to digest over the festive season. From the surge in union membership this year to the impact of neoliberalism on our mental health, we hope you enjoy this selection of NEF work.
A safety net for allLockdown and the pandemic have pushed record numbers of people onto

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NEF review of the year 2020

December 21, 2020

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NEF review of the year 2020
Highlights from the last 12 months

21 December 2020

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We are excited to present NEF’s Review of the Year – an overview of everything we’ve been working on during this challenging year. In it you can read about the three ways we’ve responded to the crisis: emergency response, supporting communities and Build Back Better. Here are some highlights we are particularly proud of: 
1. Winter plan for jobs, incomes and communities
In November, we launched the Winter plan for jobs, incomes and communities as part of

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Winter plan for jobs, incomes and communities

November 23, 2020

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Winter plan for jobs, incomes and communities
How to ensure that everyone has enough to live on through the crisis and create good jobs that protect our planet.

23 November 2020

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Coronavirus has upturned our lives and this winter is set to be the most challenging chapter of the crisis yet. If left unchecked, the virus will overwhelm our National Health Service and cause untold death and suffering. But it will also wreck the economy, as people become too afraid to travel, work or socialise for fear of their own safety, and that of their family and community.
The

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Bank of England needs more powers to decarbonise economy, say experts

November 19, 2020

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Bank of England needs more powers to decarbonise economy, say experts
Economists call for changes to Bank’s mandate to help UK hit carbon zero target

19 November 2020

NEF and Positive Money convened a joint letter, signed by more than 125 economists, to respond to the chancellor’s plans for greening finance. The letter was covered in the Guardian and the Financial Times.
Dear Chancellor,
We welcome your ambition to position the UK at the forefront of green finance. Faced with a dual emergency of the coronavirus pandemic and the climate crisis, the financial sector has a crucial role to play in supporting a resilient and sustainable recovery. A

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The New Economics Zine

October 10, 2020

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The New Economics Zine
Issue 2: Is our economy making us sick?

10 October 2020

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Welcome to the second issue of the New Economics Zine, launched on World Mental Health Day. In this issue, we’re digging into what the economy has to do with our mental health. 
Mental health has never been discussed more widely, and yet mental health issues are on the rise. It will come as little surprise that the pandemic has made existing health inequalities worse — poor housing and employment conditions, unreliable wages and high levels of debt all have a detrimental impact on our

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Weekly Economics Podcast: Building a caring economy

October 9, 2020

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Weekly Economics Podcast: Building a caring economy
Ayeisha Thomas-Smith is joined by NEF’s Sarah Arnold, Marion Sharples from the Women’s Budget Group and City University’s Jo Littler.

09 October 2020

“We want to build back greener as we recover from Covid-19” — that was the message this week at the Prime Minister’s Conservative Party Conference speech. But in all the talk of wind turbines and technology, the place of care in our economic recovery didn’t really get a look in.
Why is care often so overlooked when we think about the economy? And how would our lives change if we put care at the centre of our economic decisions?
Ayeisha is

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NEF in the news, July

July 9, 2020

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NEF in the news, July
Media coverage of the New Economics Foundation

09 July 2020

The chancellor’s economic statement on the UK’s post-pandemic recovery Miatta Fahnbulleh appeared on BBC News, Sky News, BBC 2 Politics Live and BBC Radio 4 to talk about the mini-Budget and lay out what the government should do to protect and create jobs in its recovery plans. 
A green stimulus for Covid-19NEF’s report on tackling the unemployment crisis with green investment was covered in the Guardian, mentioned in Guardian analysis of the mini-Budget, the Metro Business Briefing and the Sun.
Rishi Sunak to create thousands of ​‘green jobs’ in new £3bn

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Chancellor’s annoucements a step in the right direction but not at scale needed tackle the crisis

July 8, 2020

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Chancellor’s annoucements a step in the right direction but not at scale needed tackle the crisis
NEF responds to the Chancellor’s economic update

08 July 2020

Miatta Fahnbulleh, Chief Executive of the New Economics Foundation said:​“The Government is taking steps in the right direction. There is a new consensus emerging that says we don’t just want to get back to the old normal where we had living standards stagnant for a decade, zero-hours jobs and inequality but we want to build back better.

“To do that Government is going to have to take bold and decisive action. We need a green investment closer to £28bn than to £3bn- almost ten

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National house retrofit programme could save families over £400 per year and create 500,000 jobs

July 7, 2020

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National house retrofit programme could save families over £400 per year and create 500,000 jobs
Four-year programme would create a new National Retrofitting taskforce to oversee investment of over £100 billion to retrofit nearly 9 million homes

07 July 2020

A plan to retrofit 8.7 million homes by 2023/​24 could create over 500,000 new jobs, reduce household carbon emissions by 21% (19.23 MtCO2/​year) by 2023/​24 and cut household bills by an average of £418, according to new research published by the New Economics Foundation (NEF) today. A plan of this scale would constitute the largest infrastructure project the UK has seen ­–

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Unemployment set to be above 2 million by Christmas 2021 without further government action

July 5, 2020

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Unemployment set to be above 2 million by Christmas 2021 without further government action
Investing £28.3 billion in quick-to-deploy green infrastructure projects could create more than 400,000, full-time equivalent jobs by December 2021

06 July 2020

The
level of unemployment is likely to be at least 2.2 million (6.4%) by
December
2021, without further support for the economy, according to new analysis
by the New Economics Foundation (NEF) published today. This would put
the level of unemployment 900,000 higher in 2021 compared with 2019.
The report includes a detailed analysis of the range of possible opportunities in zero-carbon

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NEF in the news, June 2020

June 30, 2020

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NEF in the news, June 2020
Media coverage of the New Economics Foundation

30 June 2020

PM needs a ​“proper plan” protecting public services and tackling inequality and climate changeMiatta went on Sky News to talk about the Build Back Better campaign. 
Just 6% of UK public ​‘want a return to pre-pandemic economy’Polling commissioned by NEF for the launch of Build Back Better showing public support for a fairer economy after Covid-19 was covered in the Guardian, Sky News and the Daily Mirror. 
England’s independence day from lockdownMiatta appeared on the Guardian Politics Weekly podcast to discuss what’s next for the UK economy after

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Government should cover 100% of nursery staff wages to protect the childcare sector from collapse

June 26, 2020

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Government should cover 100% of nursery staff wages to protect the childcare sector from collapse
Government intervention in childcare through national fund could avoid mass redundancies in the struggling sector

26 June 2020

The government should protect the childcare sector during the Covid-19 crisis by covering 100% of nursery staff wages through a Childcare Infrastructure Fund, according to a new report from the New Economics Foundation (NEF). The report finds that without government intervention the childcare sector will face mass redundancies.
The report recommends that the government replace the 30 free hours of childcare

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