Communicating Tax: exploring alternatives to the UK government’s Annual Tax Summary by Rebecca Bramall and Liam Stanley
This report presents the findings from a research project which examined the UK government’s Annual Tax Summary, a personalised tax and spending statement sent to income taxpayers. The project evaluated the Annual Tax Summary and explored alternative ways of reporting on and communicating about tax and public spending. The report offers recommendations for communicators who seek to champion the role of tax in society. More details about the project and its findings can be found here.
‘Localising pension fund investments; Engaging with stakeholders, overcoming the barriers‘ by Dr Craig Berry explores the prospect of UK pension funds localising their investment strategies. The report is the culmination of a project, funded by the Barrow Cadbury Trust, which explored the potential for local authority pension funds and private sector pension funds to contribute to localisation in pension investment practice. More details about the project and its findings can be found here.
SPERI-IPPR literature reviews
SPERI and the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) have published a series of literature reviews, compiled to inform IPPR’s Commission for Economic Justice. The reviews have been authored by SPERI research assistant Sean McDaniel and deputy director Craig Berry. The three new literature reviews focus on:
- Macroeconomic policy change since the financial crisis
- Measuring and understanding the economy
- Local economic performance and development
Three further reviews – on work, labour markets and welfare, the company and alternative forms of ownership and digital platforms and competition policy – were published in November 2017 and can be found below. More information about the literature reviews and the IPPR Commission on Economic Justice can be found here.
The Industrial Strategy Commission, a joint inquiry by SPERI and Policy@Manchester, was established to help to shape the development of a new, long-term industrial strategy for the UK. The Commission’s Final Report makes a series of recommendations and calls for industrial strategy to be rethought as a broad, long-term and non-partisan commitment to strategic management of the economy, and says the new industrial strategy must be an ambitious long-term plan with a positive vision for the UK. The Final Report and the Executive Summary are available to download here.
SPERI-IPPR literature reviews
SPERI and the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) have published a series of literature reviews, compiled to inform IPPR’s Commission for Economic Justice. The reviews have been authored by SPERI research assistant Sean McDaniel and deputy director Craig Berry. The first three focus on:
- Work, labour markets and welfare
- The company and alternative models of ownership
- Digital platforms and competition policy
Three further reviews – on macro-economic policy, economic metrics and local economies – will be published in early 2018. More information about the literature reviews and the IPPR Commission on Economic Justice can be found here.
SPERI report for GMB: Tackling Insecure Work: political actions from around the world
‘Tackling Insecure Work: political actions from around the world’, a SPERI report for the GMB trade union sets out a range of examples of how and where political action is being taken around the world to tackle different forms of insecure work. The report by Tom Hunt and Sean McDaniel highlights new legislation, campaigns and partnerships that seek to protect and enhance workers’ rights and to restrict and challenge insecure forms of work. The report focuses on ten areas including zero and short hour contracts, temporary agency work, protections for self-employed freelance workers and improving pay and conditions on online platforms. It looks at actions being taken by national government and at city and regional level, in traditional sectors and in the gig economy, and to support freelance self-employed workers as well as part-time and full-time workers.
Laying the Foundations sets out the emerging findings of the Commission and outlines the key foundations for a successful long-term industrial strategy. It argues that across the private and public sector and the political spectrum there is strong support for a new ambitious strategy. The government must grasp the opportunity this consensus presents. With uncertainty about the UK’s economics prospects increasing, the report also outlines the serious and longstanding weaknesses and challenges affecting the UK economy – and the significant opportunities. It argues that a new strategy will enable public and private sector to work together to invest in the UK’s people, places and industries and achieve greater future prosperity. The report warns that a new strategy will only be a success if it is embedded throughout the public sector and secures buy-in from the private sector, if it has sound foundations and offers a positive vision for the future.
Workshop Report: Sustainable Societies: Designing Sustainable Economies: Translating ideas and research into policy and practice
This is the report of a workshop organised by Hayley Stevenson, as part of her ESRC Future Research Leaders award which brought together people with very different perspectives on the challenge of sustainability. There is no single vision for a sustainable economy; debates feature many overlapping and competing concepts like sustainable development, green economy, green growth, harmony with nature, degrowth, steady state economy, circular economy, etc. The aim of the workshop was to take people out of their ‘informational cocoons’ to generate rich and challenging discussions, and to advance our collective understanding of challenges we face.
SPERI-CLES Report: The Real Deal: Pushing the parameters of devolution deals’
This report published by SPERI and the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) calls on the new government to reset the devolution agenda, rethink UK governance at all levels, and presents ideas for a new settlement to make devolution a force for progressive change. The report – co-authored by SPERI’s Deputy Director Craig Berry, Policy Research Officer Tom Hunt and researchers from CLES – outlines new ideas for future devolution deals in eleven policy areas: employment policy, transport, energy and environmental policy, housing and land use, health, procurement, local banking, higher education, lottery funding and the democratic process.
The recent rise in food banks in the UK has drawn particularly stark attention to the issue of food insecurity and has initiated a heated public and highly politicised debate. There is now a considerable amount of research being undertaken into the extent and experience of household food insecurity in the UK. This is the report of a worshop which brought together around 60 delegates with the aim of showcasing cutting-edge findings and reflecting on the implications of what we know to identify the key gaps in our evidence base that need filling as well as exploring the intersections between non-academic researchers, practitioners and the academy.