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Bigger and Quieter: The right answer for aviation

Bigger and Quieter: The right answer for aviation

Bigger and Quieter: The right answer for aviation examines all of the options for increasing airport capacity in the UK and concludes that the best option would be to place four runways immediately west of the current Heathrow site. This would double the existing capacity to 130 million passengers, cementing it as Europe’s premier hub.

Do the Public Back More Reform of Public Services? An overview of the latest opinion research

Do the Public Back More Reform of Public Services? An overview of the latest opinion research

This research briefing gives an overview of the public’s attitudes to key issues of public services reform – specifically, issues of choice, quality and the use of more providers from outside the state, including charities, social enterprises and businesses. It uses new polling carried out for this study, as well as examining what is known from existing research.

Mind the Gap: The size and costs of pay differentials between the public and private sectors in the UK

Mind the Gap: The size and costs of pay differentials between the public and private sectors in the UK

Mind the Gap examines how public and private wages differ in local areas. It demonstrates a complex picture of mismatches between the wages one might expect individuals to receive based on their characteristics and types of job, and the public sector wages they receive: pay differentials vary dramatically both across and within regions and across the pay distribution.

Local Pay, Local Growth: Reforming pay setting in the public sector

Local Pay, Local Growth: Reforming pay setting in the public sector

Rebalancing the pay and pensions of public sector workers so that they are in line with that of equivalent workers in the private sector would save £6.3 billion a year in public spending. This money would be better spent on tackling local unemployment and could create at least 288,000 private sector jobs in some of the areas of the country suffering most from the impact of the recession.

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