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Weekly Economics Podcast: What really happens at a UN climate summit?

23 hours ago

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Weekly Economics Podcast: What really happens at a UN climate summit?
Ayeisha Thomas-Smith is joined by Nathan Thanki

By
Ayeisha Thomas-Smith
15 October 2021

In a few weeks’ time, 25,000 people will descend on Glasgow. They are coming for the UN climate summit, also known as Cop26. The delegates might not have the pleasure of sampling the city’s mac-and-cheese pies or a dram of whiskey. Instead they will meet with others from around the world to try and agree new ways to bring down greenhouse-gas emissions.
So what happens at a UN

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Warm homes fit for the future

3 days ago

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Warm homes fit for the future
How everyone can come home to a warm place that doesn’t pollute the planet

By
Aydin Dikerdem
13 October 2021

When people talk about the Green New Deal or creating green jobs, it can often seem fairly abstract to someone who doesn’t follow politics. And for those who believe in the ideas behind them, it can be hard to know how to organise around something so big and how to make a difference on the ground. For many people, climate justice and the question of a Green New Deal can seem

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Decarbonising our shops, supermarkets and warehouses

5 days ago

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Decarbonising our shops, supermarkets and warehouses
It’s not just airlines and oil companies who will have to cut emissions — sectors like retail will have to change too.

By
Emily Scurrah
11 October 2021

From how we generate our energy to where our food comes from, we all know that swathes of the British economy will have to change how they work if we want to tackle the climate crisis and meet our emissions targets. But it’s not just about ending fossil fuel use in our power plants and farms — other high-carbon industries will have to

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Weekly Economics Podcast: The Great Homes Upgrade

8 days ago

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Weekly Economics Podcast: The Great Homes Upgrade
Ayeisha is joined by Chaitanya Kumar and Martin Heath

By
Ayeisha Thomas-Smith
08 October 2021

The UK has the draughtiest and oldest housing in Western Europe. And our gas boilers pump out twice as much carbon dioxide as all of the country’s power stations.

Do we need to upgrade the UK’s homes? Why is our housing powering the climate crisis? And how can we make sure everyone’s home is warm, clean and green — whether we rent a flat or own a castle?
Ayeisha is

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Beyond the £20 uplift

9 days ago

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Beyond the £20 uplift
Options for reforming universal credit

By
Sarah Arnold, Dominic Caddick, Alfie Stirling
07 October 2021

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The UK is facing a cost of living crisis which is set to sharpen significantly for those on the lowest incomes over the next few months. Millions are going to be hit by a triple whammy of price increases for food and energy bills, welfare cuts and tax rises. In total, low-income families

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The Great Homes Upgrade

10 days ago

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The Great Homes Upgrade
Warmer homes for a cooler planet

06 October 2021

Millions of families, live in poor, cold, draughty homes. 14% of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions come from our housing stock.
We want to create warmer homes for a cooler planet by retrofitting 19 million homes by 2030. That’s why we’re launching the Great Homes Upgrade.
Find out more and join the campaign.

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5 things you need to know about retrofit

10 days ago

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5 things you need to know about retrofit
How the Great Homes Upgrade will make our homes warmer, safer and better for the planet.

By
Aydin Dikerdem
06 October 2021

Our new campaign, The Great Homes Upgrade, is about making our homes warmer, safer and better for the planet through ​‘retrofitting’. Here are five reasons why retrofitting is important, and how you can get involved in the campaign.
1. There is no pathway to net zero without retrofitting millions of homes – it is a crucial stepping stone to meeting our

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Who gets to fish in the EU?

12 days ago

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Who gets to fish in the EU?
The fish in our seas are a public resource that we all share – so how we decide to fish them matters.

By
Chris Williams
04 October 2021

In European Union (EU) waters, the EU and its member states share responsibility for managing fisheries. Fisheries are managed at a range of levels, from local and regional government, producer organisations, sometimes local fishing cooperatives, through to the EU itself.
Who is allowed to fish, the amount that fishing boats are allowed to catch, how they do it, and where they

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Weekly Economics Podcast: Will living standards be frozen this winter?

15 days ago

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Weekly Economics Podcast: Will living standards be frozen this winter?
Ayeisha Thomas-Smith is joined by Kate Bell and Sarah Arnold

By
Ayeisha Thomas-Smith
01 October 2021

Over 11m people have been furloughed in the last 16 months, and almost 6m are currently on universal credit. But over the next week, the government’s main emergency policies to help people through the pandemic will end. People on furlough will find out if their jobs are still waiting for them, and people on universal credit will find their benefits cut by £20 a

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A social guarantee

18 days ago

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A social guarantee
The case for universal services

By
Daniel Button, Anna Coote
28 September 2021

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Too many people are unable to meet their essential needs. Before Covid-19 hit, three in ten people were already living in a household that did not earn enough to reach what the public thinks is a socially acceptable minimum standard of living. A recent New Economics Foundation (NEF) forecast shows that by November 2021, it is expected

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Decarbonising our shops, supermarkets and warehouses

19 days ago

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Decarbonising our shops, supermarkets and warehouses
It’s not just airlines and oil companies who will have to cut emissions — sectors like retail will have to change too.

By
Emily Scurrah
27 September 2021

From how we generate our energy to where our food comes from, we all know that swathes of the British economy will have to change how they work if we want to tackle the climate crisis and meet our emissions targets. But it’s not just about ending fossil fuel use in our power plants and farms — other high-carbon industries will have to

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Beyond the £20 uplift

20 days ago

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Beyond the £20 uplift
Options for reforming universal credit

By
Sarah Arnold, Dominic Caddick, Alfie Stirling
27 September 2021

The UK is facing a cost of living crisis which is set to sharpen significantly for those on the lowest incomes over the next few months. Millions are going to be hit by a triple whammy of price increases for food and energy bills, welfare cuts and tax rises. In total, low-income families will see a squeeze of more than £1,700 per year by April.
By far the most important

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Great Homes Upgrade

22 days ago

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Great Homes Upgrade
An investment and policy package to futureproof UK housing

By
Chaitanya Kumar
24 September 2021

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Upgrading our old and leaky infrastructure can bring immense benefits to the UK’s public health and economy, at the same time as helping to tackle climate change. A long-term investment programme on energy efficiency and low-carbon heat can create thousands of jobs, while tackling fuel poverty and preventing thousands of premature deaths

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Levelling-up from the ground up

26 days ago

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Levelling-up from the ground up
Helping neighbourhoods thrive means giving communities ownership of the buildings and spaces around them

By
Rose Grayston
20 September 2021

Depending on where you live in England, there can be huge differences in your quality of life. This is down to some areas’ economic decline and low incomes, but also poor urban planning and underinvestment in social infrastructure. This government has made ​‘levelling-up’ deprived areas a central part of this mission, but we haven’t yet seen any concrete plans for how

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Reshaping finance for a green recovery

29 days ago

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Reshaping finance for a green recovery
An open Letter to the Governor of the Bank of England

By
Lukasz Krebel, Frank van Lerven
17 September 2021

More than 50 MPs and peers from across Britain’s main political parties have called on the Bank of England and Treasury to coordinate their activities and seize the unprecedented opportunity to reshape finance and support a​‘build back better’ recovery. Their move was prompted by NEF research with Positive Money and academics. In a letter to the governor of the Bank of

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Living standards face a perfect storm

September 16, 2021

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Living standards face a perfect storm
2.5 million households will be hit by both universal credit cuts and national insurance increases

By
Sarah Arnold
16 September 2021

It is a worrying time for many UK households. Living costs are on the rise: food costs are soaring and energy bills are set to jump 12% from October. Meanwhile, many of those on particularly low incomes – five million families were on universal credit at the most recent count – are receiving text messages or emails that their support will be cut by up to £1,040 a year from

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Greening public finance

September 8, 2021

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Greening public finance
The UK’s public finance ecosystem and the net zero transition

By
Laurie Macfarlane, Chaitanya Kumar
09 September 2021

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Achieving the UK’s goal of reaching ​‘net zero’ emissions by 2050 will require far-reaching changes to transform the UK economy and put it on a more sustainable path. Greening the finance system is a key part of this transition. While aligning the private financial sector with the UK’s

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Greening central banking

July 29, 2021

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Greening central banking
Publications and media coverage

29 July 2021

NEF publications (March 2020 to March 2021)
Decarbonising the Bank of England’s Pandemic QE: Perfectly SensibleDecarbonising is easy: Beyond market neutrality in the ECB’s corporate QEGreening the Eurosystem collateral framework: How to decarbonise the ECB’s monetary policyThe European Central Bank and Climate Change: Five steps towards a sustainable recoveryBuilding a green stimulus for covid-19: A recovery plan for a greener, fairer futureExternal publications
Journal of Ecological Economics Finance: Climate-change

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A Frequent Flyer Levy

July 10, 2021

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A Frequent Flyer Levy
Sharing aviation’s carbon budget in a net-zero world

By
Alex Chapman, Leo Murray, Griffin Carpenter, Christiane Heisse, Lydia Prieg
10 July 2021

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Why demand for aviation must be capped
Responding to the Paris Climate Agreement to limit warming to 1.5oC, the UK government passed into law in 2019 a commitment to deliver net zero greenhouse gas (GHG)

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Weekly Economics Podcast: A climate conversation between two generations

July 9, 2021

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Weekly Economics Podcast: A climate conversation between two generations
Ayeisha Thomas-Smith is joined by Ann Pettifor and Izzy Warren

By
Ayeisha Thomas-Smith
09 July 2021

With the COP26 global climate conference coming up later this year, we’re going to spend five episodes this series looking at some of the biggest climate issues. We kicked things off last week with Alice Bell explaining everything you need to know about greenwashing. This week the conversation is about the climate movement with activists from two generations.
The

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The New Economics Zine

July 9, 2021

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The New Economics Zine
Issue 3: What world do we want to return to?

09 July 2021

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16 months after the UK went into its first lockdown, some things haven’t changed. The government is still obsessed with the size of the public debt and trying to push through fossil fuel infrastructure projects. It doesn’t seem likely that we’ll be stepping into a new world come autumn – but perhaps the pandemic has supercharged shifts that have been happening slowly for some time. 
There have been some moves in the right

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We can win a decent standard of living for everyone

June 16, 2021

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We can win a decent standard of living for everyone
Introducing the Living Income campaign.

17 June 2021

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A Living Income sets a level below which no one can fall, so we can all survive and thrive.
In these uncertain times, we should all be able to afford the basics for a decent quality of life, whether in or out of work.
By fixing our broken social security system and creating new universal payments, a Living Income will guarantee a sufficient minimum income for all.
This pamphlet introduces the Living Income campaign. Visit the

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The Croydon Climate Crisis Commission Report

May 28, 2021

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The Croydon Climate Crisis Commission Report
The transition to net zero

28 May 2021

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The clock is ticking on climate change and our ability to stem the worst impacts of a warming world. As we recover from the Covid-19 pandemic, we need to ensure that we are building an economy fit for the future. In the transition to zero carbon we need to be mindful that we are designing an economy that is fair and just, providing good quality jobs, improving wellbeing, and reducing inequality for people in our communities.
As a large urban borough of

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Survey: Tell us how Covid-19 has affected your income

April 12, 2021

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Survey: Tell us how Covid-19 has affected your income
Take our three-minute survey – and then share it with family and friends.

12 April 2021

The past year has shown that if you lose your job or are trapped in low-paid work, Britain’s broken social security system won’t protect you from poverty. NEF is planning a living income campaign to make sure everyone has enough to make ends meet.
The first step towards this is better understanding the problem, and finding out the solutions people want. So, we’re inviting you to share your experiences of how Covid-19 has affected you and your income.
In Britain, one of the richest

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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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