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New Economics Podcast: Who owns the internet?

4 days ago

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New Economics Podcast: Who owns the internet?
Ayeisha Thomas-Smith is joined by Dr James Muldoon

By
Ayeisha Thomas-Smith
16 May 2022

What do you get the guy who has everything? A 44 billion dollar social media platform apparently. Elon Musk has already been accused of union busting, shot a car into space, and become the world’s richest man. So what’s next on his to-do list? Buying Twitter of course!
From Mark Zuckerberg to Elon Musk, should we be worried that our online lives are in the hands of a few super-rich men? Will

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A Living Income

15 days ago

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A Living Income
A minimum income to ensure you can always afford life’s essentials.

05 May 2022

No matter what we do for a living or where we live, most of us want pretty similar things. A warm home, time with family and friends, a rewarding job. The Living Income means we can all have the peace of mind that we will be able to afford the weekly shop or unexpected costs – even when times are tough.

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Losing the inflation race

15 days ago

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Losing the inflation race
Poorly targeted policy is failing to prevent an income crisis

By
Sam Tims, Dominic Caddick
05 May 2022

The spring statement failed to support low- and middle- income households through the highest level of inflation in a generation. Despite the measures announced on the day, NEF found that 23.5 million people would be unable to afford the cost of living.
In the month since, the situation has worsened. The International Monetary Fund has downgraded its gross domestic product forecast for the UK

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New Economics Podcast: What did Covid-19 reveal about how our economy is really run?

17 days ago

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New Economics Podcast: What did Covid-19 reveal about how our economy is really run?
Ayeisha is joined by Sahil Dutta and Nick Taylor

By
Ayeisha Thomas-Smith
03 May 2022

In the early months of the pandemic, the government shut down whole sectors of the economy and started paying the wages of a huge proportion of Brits. Some worked from home, juggling homeschooling their kids and figuring out how to use Zoom. Others risked their health to travel to work. Meanwhile Big Tech and outsourcing companies raked in money through government

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Exposed: The collapse of green space provision in England and Wales

17 days ago

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Exposed: The collapse of green space provision in England and Wales
Neighbourhood green space provision has declined by one third in 21st-century developments, resulting in 9m fewer trips to green space every year.

By
Alex Chapman
03 May 2022

For 15 years the UK has stumbled from crisis to crisis, from recessions to the pandemic, through numerous political upheavals and scandals. Amongst the noise, little attention has been given to the health of the public parks and green spaces which breathe life into our neighbourhoods. As it became

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On a wing and a prayer

25 days ago

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On a wing and a prayer
Five ways the government’s irresponsible plans for aviation are putting us all at risk

By
Alex Chapman
25 April 2022

A few weeks back, the government presented its ​“vision and strategic framework for achieving net zero aviation by 2050”. The Department for Transport claims to be able to deliver this while simultaneously increasing the UK’s air capacity by 70%, or 200 million passengers above 2018 levels, by 2050. This would require expanding most of the UK’s major airports.
The strategy is irresponsible and

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Stop airport expansions

28 days ago

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Stop airport expansions
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By
Alex Chapman
22 April 2022

Update 23/​4/​22: We’ve hit our match-funding target and raised over £20,000! Further donations won’t be matched but you can still donate and help us expand this work.
Despite the urgent need to cut carbon emissions, seven airport expansions are underway in the UK. People living in the shadows of Heathrow, Gatwick, Bristol, Southampton, Stansted, Manston and Luton are giving up their time and energy to try to stop these disastrous

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New Economics Podcast: What does the Sunak scandal tell us about our tax system?

April 19, 2022

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New Economics Podcast: What does the Sunak scandal tell us about our tax system?
Ayeisha Thomas-Smith is joined by Tom Peters

By
Ayeisha Thomas-Smith
19 April 2022

A few weeks ago the chancellor presided over a spring budget which ushered in the fastest drop in living standards on record, as he told us that we ​“can’t protect everyone”. But this week it was revealed that his wife has avoided paying around £20 million in tax, due to her non-dom status.
Accused of ​“rank hypocrisy” by Keir Starmer, Rishi Sunak’s popularity has certainly

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Climate roadmap

April 6, 2022

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Climate roadmap
Next steps for the European Central Bank to support the low-carbon transition

06 April 2022

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Produced by NEF and 16 partner organisations.
In July 2021, the European Central Bank (ECB) concluded its 18-month monetary policy strategy review, the first since 2003. Looking at its mandate as enshrined in the EU Treaties, responding to pressure from civil society and to mounting scientific evidence of the threat posed by climate breakdown, the ECB recognised that it must integrate climate

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9 things we need in the energy security strategy

April 4, 2022

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9 things we need in the energy security strategy
This is a precious opportunity to wean ourselves off volatile fossil fuels and tackle the cost of living crisis – the government mustn’t squander it.

By
Chaitanya Kumar
04 April 2022

Despite the resolve from Europe to quit its addiction to Russian energy, importing Russian fossil fuels into the EU has put almost £20bn in the Kremlin’s coffers since the invasion of Ukraine began. Through a mix of renewables, energy efficiency and importing more non-Russian fossil fuels, the EU wants to cut

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New Economics Podcast: The UK’s response to the refugee crisis

April 4, 2022

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New Economics Podcast: The UK’s response to the refugee crisis
Ayeisha Thomas-Smith is joined by Bella Sankey

By
Ayeisha Thomas-Smith
04 April 2022

Since the start of the war in Ukraine, over 4 million people have fled the country. Earlier this month Priti Patel announced a visa application centre had been established en route to Calais for Ukrainians trying to come to the UK. But the centre never existed. Days later, the Home Office said it was actually in Lille, but would not reveal where. Officials then claimed that refugees in

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The care crisis won’t be solved with tax cuts

April 1, 2022

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The care crisis won’t be solved with tax cuts
National insurance is due to rise next week, but changes in the spring statement make it less likely that social care will get the funding it needs

By
Daniel Button
01 April 2022

From next week, the health and social care levy is due to kick in, meaning that national insurance contributions (NICs) will rise by 1.25%. But pressure from the government backbenches over a tax rise during a cost-of-living crisis forced the chancellor to amend plans in last week’s spring statement. When he should

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What does the spring statement mean for the Great Homes Upgrade?

March 31, 2022

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What does the spring statement mean for the Great Homes Upgrade?
The VAT cut on energy-saving materials is a small victory but improving home energy efficiency should be accessible to everyone

By
Aydin Dikerdem
31 March 2022

In the weeks leading up to the springs statement, the New Economics Foundation (NEF) called on the chancellor to commit to a Great Homes Upgrade, a set of measures to improve home energy efficiency across the UK. The cost-of-living scandal and energy crisis have shown how important it is that

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How to save our public farmland

March 30, 2022

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How to save our public farmland
Public land is a public asset. It shouldn’t be sold off to counteract budget cuts.

By
Chris Williams
30 March 2022

We know that public farmland is vital, and that local authorities need to hold onto it. Today, along with the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE) and Shared Assets, we are putting forward a vision for how to protect and enhance county farmland by 2040.
Public land is a public asset. It shouldn’t be used for short-term profit seeking, but for the public or common good. Public

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Losing the plot

March 29, 2022

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Losing the plot
When we sell-off our public farmland, we miss our chance to use agriculture to benefit everyone.

By
Chris Williams
29 March 2022

Decades of UK government policy on public land has seen 2m hectares – an area 13 times the size of London – move from public to private ownership since the 1970s. Recent sell-offs of public land haven’t benefitted the public much at all, often resulting in land being bought by private housing developers who build poorly designed, unaffordable and car-dependent housing.
Providing affordable housing

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Spring budget: Five asks for Rishi Sunak

March 22, 2022

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Spring budget: Five asks for Rishi Sunak
With millions struggling to afford life’s essentials, here’s how the chancellor can make a real difference on Wednesday

By
Alfie Stirling
22 March 2022

Not for the first time, the chancellor finds himself relying on a last minute policy response at a spring statement in an attempt to keep up with global events. If the weekend’s press briefings are to be believed, he is planning to respond to the worst real-terms incomes squeeze in 50 years with poorly targeted and expensive tax cuts. If this is all

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New Economics Podcast: Are fossil fuels funding the war in Ukraine?

March 21, 2022

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New Economics Podcast: Are fossil fuels funding the war in Ukraine?
Ayeisha is joined by Svitlana Romanko and Tessa Khan

By
Ayeisha Thomas-Smith
21 March 2022

At the time of recording, hundreds, and possibly thousands, of civilians have been killed during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and more than 2.5m Ukranians have fled the country. The Russian army has been accused of war crimes after bombing a maternity hospital in the south. Allies of the Ukrainian president say that Russia will only back down if Europe bans the import of Russian

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Sunak’s spring statement will reflect his priorities, not our ability to pay

March 18, 2022

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Sunak’s spring statement will reflect his priorities, not our ability to pay
This is an opportunity for government to show that it cares about promoting peace, improving living standards and tackling climate change

By
Dominic Caddick
18 March 2022

As we approach Rishi Sunak’s spring statement, the suffering caused by the war in Ukraine is at the forefront of all of our minds and it is likely the chancellor will announce greater military spending as a result. At the same time, declining living standards and climate change are causing

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23.4 million people unable to afford the cost of living this spring

March 14, 2022

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23.4 million people unable to afford the cost of living this spring
Nearly half of all children will be living in families that have to make sacrifices on essentials

By
Dominic Caddick, Sam Tims, Alfie Stirling
14 March 2022

The cost of living is increasing faster than at any point in recent history. Last month, the annual inflation rate soared to 5.5%, a 30-year high. This means that up and down the country, clothes are more expensive, fuel bills are rising, and the cost of the weekly shop is

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Government measures fail to protect poorest from energy price surge

March 9, 2022

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Government measures fail to protect poorest from energy price surge
Poorest 10% of families in the UK set to be £420 a year worse off this spring

By
Dominic Caddick, Chaitanya Kumar, Alfie Stirling
09 March 2022

Our ability to heat our homes has not been resilient to the last few months. And with new crises emerging, like Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, we seriously need to get to grips with energy security, ensuring that everyone can afford to come home to a warm house. The

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New Economics Podcast: tackling the cost of living crisis

March 7, 2022

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New Economics Podcast: tackling the cost of living crisis
Ayeisha is joined by Alfie Stirling and Sabine Goodwin

By
Ayeisha Thomas-Smith
07 March 2022

2022 has been dubbed the ​‘year of the squeeze’ by the Resolution Foundation. In April, soaring energy bills will collide with tax increases for working people. Last month grocery prices rose at their fastest rate in eight years, and inflation is at its highest level in almost three decades.When the media talk about the ​‘cost of living crisis’, what do they mean? How did we end up in a

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Best interest at heart

February 25, 2022

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Best interest at heart
The cost of public debt is lower than it’s been for pretty much three centuries – not that you’d know it from the media coverage.

By
Frank van Lerven
25 February 2022

The latest government borrowing figures are out, and with it the predictable misconceptions that tend to dominate headlines: that we should be panicking about the scale and cost of our national debt. The interest the government pays on national debt has increased, but relative to the size of the economy or tax intake, interest payments have not

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Taking back affordable housing

February 22, 2022

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Taking back affordable housing
It’s hard to get affordable housing built in the UK – but some local authorities are pushing back.

By
Simon Hill
22 February 2022

There is an affordable housing crisis in England: asking prices for homes rose a record amount in February. Almost half of all affordable housing in the UK is provided through section 106 (S106) obligations: requirements that local authorities place on housing developers when they grant planning permission. But developers can use financial viability assessments to argue that they

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New Economics Podcast: Tackling the energy crisis

February 21, 2022

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New Economics Podcast: Tackling the energy crisis
Ayeisha Thomas-Smith is joined by Dr Joseph Baines and Abby Jitendra

21 February 2022

Families are bracing for less and less money to get by as energy bills rise this spring. In the fifth richest country in the world, pensioners are skipping meals so they can afford their heating bills, and parents are only switching the heating on when their children are at home. At the same time, fossil fuel companies like BP and Shell made their biggest profit in years.
What do these two things have to do with each other? Why are energy bills soaring? And

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Universal quality social care

February 18, 2022

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Universal quality social care
Transforming adult social care in England

By
Sarah Bedford, Daniel Button
18 February 2022

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Co-published with the Women’s Budget Group.
With contributions from Jerome De Henau, Anna Johnston, Sue Himmelweit, Sara Reis, Mary-Ann Stephenson and Alfie Stirling. Modelling by Jerome De Henau.
NEF and WBG would like to thank Caroline Glendinning and Fran Bennett for their comments and contributions.
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How private developers get out of building affordable housing

February 8, 2022

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How private developers get out of building affordable housing
Local authorities say how much affordable housing developers have to provide. So why isn’t it getting built?

By
Simon Hill
08 February 2022

Last month analysis from Rightmove found that private rents in Britain are rising at their fastest rate on record, making it ever harder for tenants to find housing at affordable rates. Our recent analysis with Altair looked at the planning system’s ability to deliver affordable housing through a legal obligation for developers called

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A Living Income and Great Homes Upgrade would solve the cost of living crisis

February 3, 2022

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A Living Income and Great Homes Upgrade would solve the cost of living crisis
No matter who we are, we should all be able to keep our homes warm in the winter.

By
Michael Pugh
03 February 2022

The UK is plunging into another crisis, this time as a spike in energy prices collides with soaring inflation and lower incomes, to create what the Resolution Foundation is calling the ​‘year of the squeeze’. At NEF, our two flagship campaigns, for a Living Income and a Great Homes Upgrade, offer the long-term answers we need. Now is not the time for

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An alternative vision of genuine social security for all

February 3, 2022

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An alternative vision of genuine social security for all
Instead of ‘cracking down’ on claimants, goverment should move everyone onto universal credit

By
Tom Pollard
03 February 2022

Last week, the government announced that it would be ​‘cracking down’ on people who spend too long on universal credit (UC) looking for a job. Its​‘Way to Work’ scheme will mean that people will be expected to look for roles outside of their previous occupation or sector earlier on in their UC claim, or face potential sanctions.
The announcement seemed to be

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My family rents a damp, cold flat. Government plans to level up housing won’t help me.

February 2, 2022

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My family rents a damp, cold flat. Government plans to level up housing won’t help me.
It’s good that Michael Gove is thinking about private renters, but without investment his plans are just hot air.

By
Heather Kennedy
02 February 2022

Ever since October, when temperatures dropped and cold moisture hung in the autumn air, I’ve been awoken at night by the sound of my baby coughing. His cough is worst in the mornings, after a night sleeping under two duvets in our cold bedroom, where the thin windows and damp walls leave his eight-month old

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How can local people take action on things that matter to them?

February 2, 2022

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How can local people take action on things that matter to them?
Building collective control and capacity for action

By
Tiffany Lam
02 February 2022

How can local people build control and take action on things that matter to them? Our research shows that there are five main components of collective control: social connectedness; knowledge, understanding, and skills; money and resources; influences; and confidence. Questions around how to build local people’s collective control and capacity for action have been at the heart of our evaluation

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