Report

Transgender awareness in child and family social work education

In January 2016 the Women and Equalities Committee published a report on Transgender Equality. In this report evidence was identified that suggested transgender people experience significant levels of inequality across a wide range of policy areas. This included inequality in the provision of public services, where evidence of discrimination and transphobia were identified within schools, social services, the NHS, prisons and probation services, and the police.

Light at the end of the Fiscal Tunnel?

In his recent Spring Statement, the chancellor said that he saw light at the end of the fiscal tunnel. We are afraid that this will turn out to have been an illusion. While public borrowing has been reduced to sustainable levels, our analysis of the prospects for the public finances points to severe challenges ahead.

Productivity in the UK’s low-wage industries

Concern about the UK’s productivity problem has become widespread. Fixing the UK’s productivity problem requires action for the lagging parts of the economy – low pay sectors such as retail and hospitality, the long tail of low-productivity firms, and the five million individuals in the UK lacking basic functional literacy or numeracy.

This briefing examines the productivity gap between Britain and its competitors. It is published alongside two other pieces of research commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation:

The relative effectiveness of blended versus face-to-face adult English and maths learning

This report describes a randomised control trial (RCT) into the relative effectiveness of face-to-face compared to blended learning for adult English and maths learning. The report:

  • describes the RCT design decisions
  • describes implementation details
  • provides an assessment of how the trial worked

The impact of welfare reform and welfare- to-work programmes: an evidence review

This report examines the impact of the welfare reform and welfare-to-work programmes introduced by the 2010–15 Conservative/Liberal Democrat Coalition Government and the Conservative Government elected in May 2015. A particular aim of the review was to examine the evidence about the ways in which protected groups, and subsets of these, for example lone parents, have been affected by these reforms. A further aim was to examine the gaps in the research evidence, both for particular reforms, and by protected characteristic.

National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage Impact Assessment - Counterfactual research

Executive summary

Aims and objectives of counterfactual wage research

Over the summer, the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) conducted an independent review of the methodology used by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) for estimating the cost to business of upratings to the National Minimum Wage (NMW) and National Living Wage (NLW) rates, focusing on the counterfactual underpinning the costs estimate.

Is An 'Englishman's Home' His Pension?

This research project considers whether buying houses may reduce long-term savings in the UK economy. This may explain the UK’s relatively low investment rate and weaker productivity performance over the long term. The study has two parts. First, we present new evidence on the saving behaviour of UK households showing that buying a house with a mortgage results in a lower saving rate, which is likely to mean less pension savings. Second, we examine the consequences for the UK of shifting the allocation of saving from housing and towards business investment. 

The added value of trade unions - A review for the TUC of existing research

The aim of this report is to provide an overview of the current research evidence on the economic impact of workplace union representation. Our review focuses on quantitative studies that have been conducted on good quality, nationally-representative samples of British workplaces or employees, and we rely where possible on results from multivariate statistical analyses which control for observable differences between union and non-union workplaces or employees. We utilise evidence from qualitative case studies where this serves to fill in gaps in the quantitative literature.

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