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Old hands

The future of social care

The Government's White Paper on care and support, published Wednesday, presents a number of 'key actions' to meet care needs for the elderly over the next decade. The ESRC-supported Institute for Fiscal Studies has examined different scenarios for the funding of social care in the future.

Homeless

Improving services for the homeless

Many homeless people with complex needs do not receive the support they need from agencies, a recently completed research project suggests.

Roulette wheel

How to spot the good and bad of gambling

An economic stimulus or financial disaster? Building casinos provokes strong feelings and opinions, and ESRC-funded research is providing much–needed evidence on the pros and cons of gambling.

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

Burger and fries

'Fat tax' ineffective in countering obesity

Taxing unhealthy foods in a bid to persuade people to eat a better diet would be an ineffective way of tackling obesity. A study of inequalities in diet and health concludes that a so-called 'fat tax' would hit the poor hardest while failing to produce any significant health benefits.

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