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Valuing our Volunteers

The first rule for any aspiring British politician is: never slag off the NHS. The second, I’d wager, is to always sing the praises of unpaid volunteers. The recent Civil Society Strategy , for …

01/11/2018
Blog post Expert comment Power & politics IPPR North

Upskilling for Automation in Northern Ireland

The UK, and indeed the world as a whole, is in the middle of a huge economic disruption. Over the coming years, automation and technological change – including analytics, artificial intelligence and …

15/08/2018
Blog post Expert comment Jobs & skills IPPR Scotland

More money for health and care? Yes, but we need reform too

“Somebody has to have the guts to admit the system is broken. Until they do that, nothing will change.” These were the words of John Sibley, whose 89-year-old mother Iris had been waiting six months …

14/06/2018
Mary Reader
Blog post Expert comment Public services

Fixing the apprenticeship system locally

The Apprenticeship Levy is a welcome attempt to boost employer investment in training in the UK, but it has had a difficult first year, with the number of apprenticeship starts having fallen …

04/06/2018
Blog post Expert comment Jobs & skills

The Northern Challenge?

Earlier this month the former Chancellor, George Osborne, spoke to the Education Select Committee alongside two of his colleagues, Henri Murison and Lord Jim O’Neill, from the Northern Powerhouse …

23/05/2018
Blog post Expert comment IPPR North