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Reduced workforce could reshape the public sector

IFS research shows that the nature of the UK labour market could be dramatically transformed within the next five years if proposed reductions in general government employment were to be fully realised.

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Privatised rail: public profit or public loss?

The privatised rail system relies upon billions of pounds of hidden subsidies from the tax payer and has failed to bring in private investment, according to research from the ESRC Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change.

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Rethinking pensions

Six in ten people over the age of 50 in the UK have not considered how they will finance their retirement years – and a third of people approaching retirement do not know how much income they will receive from their private pensions, according to research from the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

Nicholas Crafts

The economic legacy of Mrs Thatcher

Nicholas Crafts, Professor of Economics and Economic History at the University of Warwick and Director of the ESRC Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy, examines how the economic policies of the Thatcher era affected the UK economy.

David Newbery

Fuelling growth with public investments

Professor David Newberry argues that public investment in the right areas will fuel UK economic growth - with the short-term impact of giving work to domestic private companies who will create jobs.

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Invest in skills, infrastructure and innovation, says growth commission

Investing in human capital, improving the national infrastructure, improving finance provision for private investment and innovation, and the creation of an independent National Growth Council are key recommendations in the final report from the LSE Growth Commission.

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Tracing the lives of missing persons

A new ESRC-funded project chronicles the stories of those who choose to disappear and become a missing person. The findings will be used to train police, inform government policy and design services to support those who disappear and their families.

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Putting toilets on the map with open data

The Great British Public Toilet Map has been developed as part of an ESRC-funded research project Tackling Ageing Continence through Theory Tools and Technology (TACT3), automatically tracking councils' open data on public toilet facilities and displaying the information online.

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Population 56 million - and counting

The newly published figures from the 2011 census show that the population of England and Wales increased with 7 per cent – 3.7 million – over the last decade. This is the largest jump in population figures since the first census in 1801.

Surgeon

NHS: Healthy competition

Professor Carol Propper of the ESRC Centre for Market and Public Organisation assesses the impact of competition between suppliers on the healthcare system

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Green Budget: no let-up in austerity UK

Government borrowing is reduced, but the economic outlook is still bleak, according to the Green Budget analysis from the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

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NHS reform bill: what the research says

The Health and Social Care Bill proposes wide-reaching changes to the NHS. ESRC-funded research has examined how increased competition and changes in management could affect the health service.

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