Blog: October 2020
This blog is written by NIESR Fellow Huw Dixon. Any opinions expressed in the paper are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Institute
The CPIH measure of inflation has increased to 0.7% in September 2020, from its August level of 0.5%. The CPILW decreased slightly to 0.9% from the August value of 1.0%.
Starting school is a significant developmental milestone that can cause anxiety at the best of times. So, what impact will the global pandemic have on school starters this year?
The outcome of the Brexit referendum caught financial markets by surprise, resulting in sharp moves in market prices. But what do those moves tell us about the underlying economic impacts?
Many professionals within the early years sector are understandably angry at the government’s record around the early years given its crucial importance in children’s life. These include issues around insufficient funding, the development of new frameworks without genuine sector consultation and the lack of focus on supporting pre-school settings. We are concerned that this frustration has led to misunderstandings being widely shared about a programme designed to support early language skills, and this may prove harmful for supporting informed decision making.