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A Better Start in Life: Long-term approaches for the most vulnerable children

A Better Start in Life: Long-term approaches for the most vulnerable children

This report argues that the government should increase the number of looked after and disadvantaged children given the opportunity to attend boarding schools. Using residential schooling can provide children with stability at home and at school, is actually cheaper than foster care and disadvantaged children staying in boarding schools attain better grades.

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

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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

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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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