Unwrapping the agency worker pay penalty

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Jobs, Skills and Pay

Christmas is coming – and many of the presents we’re all busy buying are being picked and packed in warehouses, delivered by drivers, or sold to us in shops by staff who are not directly employed, but who work through an agency instead. So how has this part of the workforce fared over the course … Continued

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Stamping it out? Housing in the Budget

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Housing, Wealth and Debt

It’s that time of year when we all read the runes from the Treasury in an effort to anticipate what will be announced in the Budget next week. We know the government is acutely aware that nothing ranks more highly with the disaffected young voter than the question of housing. Small surprise, then, that many … Continued

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Helping or hindering? The latest on Help to Buy

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Housing, Wealth and Debt

When Sajid Javid announced last month that the government would allocate a new tranche of money to the Help to Buy (HTB) programme he claimed that this would enable “people to make their dream of owning a home a reality”. But is this expensive policy really doing ‘people’ any favours? When HTB was introduced in … Continued

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Social housing for the younger generations?

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Housing, Wealth and Debt, Intergenerational Commission

Social housing has received much well-deserved attention over the conference season and even looks set to be the star of the show in Theresa May’s speech. But while the rise and fall of the sector is a familiar story, the intergenerational consequences of its course are rarely remarked upon. With our new research showing that … Continued

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