Institute for Public Policy Research

Andy Burnham Should Put Health at the Heart of His Mayoral Campaign

Harry Quilter-Pinner | Posted 12.08.2016 | UK Politics
Harry Quilter-Pinner

Taking control of Manchester's health budget will not be easy. Funding will be a big headache - as the region faces a £2billion black hole in the finances over the next five years. Finding the necessary efficiency savings will be no mean feat given that many of the easy savings have already been made over recent years.

Lessons in Mental Health

Fiona Smith | Posted 18.07.2016 | UK
Fiona Smith

We all remember our days at school - our teachers, our friends, the moment the bell rang for break time. As children it's where we spend most of our time, the place where we build not only our academic skills but our knowledge of life and how to live it. But for some children and young people this experience is not quite the same.

The BBC Helps Shape Britain But It Must Change With the Times

Sir Peter Bazalgette | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK Entertainment
Sir Peter Bazalgette

The BBC provides a remarkable social glue, reaching more than 90% of the population every week. Our identities, our entertainment, engagement and access are all things we see delivered by the BBC's orchestras, by its network of local speech stations and its public campaigns. The BBC World Service, now funded by the licence fee, is the single biggest influencer of our international reputation. But talking of the detail, there's much heat and little light around the vexed issue of BBC governance.

The Net Migration Target: People Are coming, But They're Not Leaving

Chris Murray | Posted 26.11.2016 | UK Politics
Chris Murray

The net migration target is far too blunt and crude to be much use to anybody. The target lumps together refugees fleeing ISIL with entrepreneurs from the US, cleaners from Poland and students from Hong Kong. It will never offer a sophisticated or useful snapshot of the state of immigration in Britain, other than to testify that it exists.

Is Osborne's NHS Handout as Good as It Seems?

Harry Quilter-Pinner | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Politics
Harry Quilter-Pinner

Policy makers must not only look to manage demand tomorrow, but much further into the future as well. As such, Osborne would have been better to protect public health spending, even if this resulted in a slightly smaller settlement for the NHS.

Plans to Freeze Benefits Reveal the Lack of Reform in Welfare

Kayte Lawton | Posted 19.11.2012 | UK Politics
Kayte Lawton

Freezing working-age benefits would almost certainly weaken the living standards of low-income families, including the millions of working families who rely on tax credits to top up their earnings. The Coalition's reliance on benefit freezes to curb rising welfare spending also suggests they are running out of ideas on welfare reform.

Net Immigration Remains Above 250,000 Despite Coalition Promises

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.05.2012 | UK

Net immigration to the UK remains above 250,000 a year despite a small fall since the coalition government took over, according to the latest independ...

30 Pictures Which Will Make Drinkers Cry Into Their Pints

Posted 25.01.2012 | UK

If you like a pint in your local boozer, then look away now - this might hurt. Pubs the length of Britain are closing down as competition from supe...

Michael Rundle

Thirsty For A Tax Break: Think Tank Urges Measures To Stop Local Pubs Dying Out

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael Rundle | Posted 24.01.2012 | UK

"There is nothing which has yet been contrived by man by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern or inn," wrote Samuel Johnson in 1791...