government and social policy

Why we need to create a 'Nice for social policy'

Paper that outlines why there is a need to explore the need for a centre – or a network of evidence centres – which will help to institutionalise evidence in the decision making process.

National social report 2012

Report that outlines the current economic and social situation in the UK, highlighting the challenges the UK faces in meeting the objectives of the Open Method of Coordination for social protection and social inclusion. The report goes on to set out the UK Government’s and devolved authorities’ responses to these challenges.

All in this together?: making best use of health and social care resources in an era of austerity (Policy paper 9)

Policy paper which seeks to contribute to an ongoing debate about how best to use health and social care resources to achieve the best possible outcomes in difficult financial circumstances.

Social indicators [January 2011]

This Research Paper summarises a wide range of social statistics. Subjects covered include crime and justice, defence, education, elections, health and population. This edition includes an article on "The CPI – uprating benefits and pensions". The Topical subject page includes information about fuel poverty and seasonal flu statistics.

Liberating the NHS: report of the arms-length bodies review

The report of the review, which follows the publication of the White Paper, Equity and excellence: Liberating the NHS, sets out the proposals for ALBs in the health and social care sector. These proposals form part of the cross-government strategy to increase accountability and transparency, and to reduce the number and cost of quangos.

Joseph Rowntree Foundation: publications

Website resource with links to an A-Z list of Joseph Rowntree Foundation publications. Resources range from education, training and employment, housing and communities and social problems, to health and care, involvement and engagement, and arts, culture and technology.

Futureskills Scotland: product market strategies and workforce skills - full report

The aims of this project were to use case studies of companies, to obtain a better understanding of the links between employers’ product markets strategies and the demand for skills. It sought to identify the conditions and constraints in which firms’ product market strategies affect skills utilisation, and explore the potential implications for public policy.

Drinking in the UK: An exploration of trends

A key part of the Government’s alcohol harm reduction strategy is to monitor changes in drinking habits over time and to identify what factors are potentially contributing to the rising levels of consumption. This study is a systematic review of research relevant to trends in alcohol consumption over the last 20 to 30 years in the UK.

Poverty, inequality and policy since 1997

This research shows what effect policies introduced since 1997 have had on reducing poverty and inequality. It offers a considered assessment of impacts over a decade. The study covers a range of subjects, including public attitudes to poverty and inequality, children and early years, education, health, employment, pensions, and migrants. It measures the extent of progress and also considers future direction and pressures, particularly in the light of recession and an ageing society.

The impacts of housing stock transfers in urban Britain

This research looks at the transfer of housing stock from councils to specially established housing associations, concentrating on the ‘second generation’ of transfers carried out since 1997. Focusing mainly on ten case study transfers in urban areas, the study considers how successful these transfers have been.