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Central and local government

1.5 million new homes in five years

Why the UK’s new towns must have high quality design at their core BY DAVID PENDLEBURY, BENEDIKT STRANAK Keir Starmer has made a bold promise: to build 1.5 million new homes in five years. Recent times have witnessed a glut of big

Miatta Fahnbulleh
Central and local government

LEVELLING UP THROUGH POLITICAL UNCERTAINTY

Regional and local governments have been buffeted by a series of crises – austerity, the pandemic, and more recently, the cost of living and stagnant growth. This has made the already difficult task of tackling inequality between, and within places

Local transformation

Poverty and low income in a Surrey borough

A recent NEF report uncovered pockets of rising poverty in Elmbridge where poverty and disadvantage exist under the radar. Borough-wide, there are fewer low-income residents than in many other areas of England. Digging under the surface, however, reveals that Elmbridge

Central and local government

A green economic recovery strategy for Hampshire

Hampshire County Council commissioned the consultancy of the New Economics Foundation to support creation of a strategy for green economic recovery that: We explored what a green economic recovery means for Hampshire, identified and assessed priority areas, and then brought

Central and local government

CREATING AN INCLUSIVE AND GREEN ECONOMIC STRATEGY

AN ADVISORY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY FOR A LONDON BOROUGH A London borough commissioned NEF to support them in creating an inclusive and green economic strategy that: A survey of 1000 residents in the borough had highlighted the profound impact of

Remembering Liz Cox

Last week we said goodbye to our colleague and friend, Elizabeth Cox. Liz lost her battle against cancer earlier this month and her funeral last week brought colleagues together to remember her and share stories of the impact she had

Environment & Climate Change

Asian Development Bank: Climate risk country profiles

Supporting adaptation decision making for climate resilient investments: 40 climate risk country profiles for Asian Development Bank developing member countries. We were commissioned by the Asian Development Bank to create summary profiles of climate changes and climate impacts on 40

Labour market analysis

WHO LOST INCOME DURING THE PANDEMIC?

Men working in finance and insurance are the only group whose income during the pandemic didn’t go down. Millions of workers across all sectors of the economy were on furlough. Millions more had their hours cut or lost their jobs.

Affordable housing
Central and local government

THE FUTURE OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING

There is an affordable housing crisis in England: asking prices for homes rose a record amount in February. Almost half of all affordable housing in the UK is provided through section 106 (S106) obligations: requirements that local authorities place on housing developers when they

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LEVELLING UP THE UK

BY MIATTA FAHNBULLEH, EMMET KIBERD, ANDREW PENDLETON Long-standing inequality between and within regions is holding back millions of households and acting as a drag on economic prosperity. The UK government is therefore right to establish levelling up as its primary mission alongside the

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HOW CAN LOCAL PEOPLE TAKE ACTION ON WHAT MATTERS TO THEM?

Building collective control and capacity for action How can local people build control and take action on things that matter to them? Our research shows that there are five main components of collective control: social connectedness; knowledge, understanding, and skills;