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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.

Future of Corrections: Exploring the use of electronic monitoring

Future of Corrections: Exploring the use of electronic monitoring

Future of Corrections shows that the current system of tagging is in desperate need of reform. A more effective use of tagging, where police and probation officers are directly involved in keeping track of offenders and recommending to prison governors and the courts which criminals should be tagged, could save hundreds of millions of pounds and help the Coalition achieve its goal of stabilising the prison population by 2015.

Why Aren’t We Building Enough Attractive Homes? Myths, misunderstandings and solutions

Why Aren’t We Building Enough Attractive Homes? Myths, misunderstandings and solutions

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Why Aren’t We Building Enough Attractive Homes: Myths, misunderstandings and solutions shows how large developers are ‘playing’ an outdated planning system and fooling the government into potentially wasting taxpayers’ money propping up land prices. The report recommends wholesale changes to the planning system to end ‘land banking’, give local people planning control and get more good new homes built.

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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