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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 …

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 …

Joe Dromey
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 …

Blog post Expert comment IPPR North

Between the backstop and a hard place

As with much of the UK’s Brexit debate, this week’s row over customs union membership has taken place around six months too late. While MPs and peers argue about the merits of an independent trade …

Blog post Expert comment Power & politics

The forward march of robots halted? Automation, employment and inequality

Despite the breathless rhetoric surrounding the rise of the robots, we are not on the cusp of a ‘post-human’ economy. Automation and digitalisation will change the economy in coming decades, but, as …

Mathew Lawrence
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