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Nick Clegg: 40p tax-rate critics are wrong

Nick Clegg: 40p tax-rate critics are wrong | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Deputy prime minister says raising of personal tax allowance to £10,000 has not increased taxes for those in 40% bracket. 


The Institute for Fiscal Studies has estimated that an extra 1.1m people will be brought into the 40p tax bracket.


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The Institute for Fiscal Studies receives funding from the ESRC.

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Relative Age and the US World Cup Campaign

Relative Age and the US World Cup Campaign | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Football is a sport that spans cultures around the world, one that transcends conflicts, one that anyone, in some form or another, can play. But the beautiful game is not an equal-opportunity sport, at least not at the highest level.

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The article cites research from the Institute for Fiscal Studies which is funded by the ESRC. 

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Council tax rises hit Britain’s poor hardest

Council tax rises hit Britain’s poor hardest | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

War widows, carers and the disabled are among 2.31 million people who used to be entitled to council tax benefit but have now had their support substantially reduced or taken away altogether.

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The article quotes research from the Institute for Fiscal Studies which is funded by the ESRC.

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Antibiotics funding 'inadequate'

Antibiotics funding 'inadequate' | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it


Science minister Greg Clark announces all seven UK research councils to form a 'war cabinet' to tackle antimicrobial resistance.

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The article discusses an MRC led cross-council initiative. This initiative is the first time all seven research councils (AHRC, BBSRC, ESRC, EPSRC, MRC, NERC, STFC) will collaborate to tackle antimicrobial resistance. 

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Single mothers just as good as couples – the problem is poverty

Poverty has a more detrimental effect on young children than lone parenthood. According to a new survey a growing number of single parents are struggling not only with stigma but also to make ends meet.

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The article quotes an ESRC-funded study by Dr Susan Harkness of the University of Bath.

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BBC Scotland 2014

BBC Scotland 2014 | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

An in-depth look at the day's stories and issues affecting Scotland - Thursday 24 July 2014.

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David Bell of Stirling University and Fellow of the Future of the UK and Scotland programme, has been monitoring bookmakers' odds as a means of forecasting the outcome of the referendum. Here he discusses his work, interview starts at 18.55 minutes in.

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Why does the teenage brain need more sleep?

Why does the teenage brain need more sleep? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Throughout our lives we experience changes in sleep patterns and in the amount of sleep we need. While babies sleep between 16 and 18 hours per day, this is reduced to approximately seven to eight hours…

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Author Michelle Miller has received funding from the ESRC


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David Cameron faces scrutiny for stance on Russia

David Cameron faces scrutiny for stance on Russia | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

British Prime Minister David Cameron's firm stance towards Russian President Vladimir Putin since the MH17 plane crash has come under question after it emerged Britain has not revoked its licences for arms sales to Russia.

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Article cites the Centre for Russian and East European Studies which received funding from the ESRC

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Record £100bn in VAT is paid to treasury

Record £100bn in VAT is paid to treasury | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The statistic, published by HM Revenue and Customs, means more than £1 in every £5 which is collected by the Government comes from Value Added Tax.

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Article quotes Paul Johnson, Director of the ESRC-funded Institute of Fiscal Studies

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Empower workers to bridge the CEO pay gap by themselves

Empower workers to bridge the CEO pay gap by themselves | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Public concerns over levels of CEO pay – especially in the banking sector – have triggered a debate on both sides of the Atlantic. 

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Article quotes the ESRC-funded Centre for Economic Performance

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What your hand gestures say about you

New research from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) shows that what you do with your hands when you talk secretly reveals a lot about your intelligence and ability to empathise with others.

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Article discuss the findings from the ESRC funded study at the University of Warwick.

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GP referrals to hospital increased 6% last year but budget rose only 2-3%

GP referrals to hospital increased 6% last year but budget rose only 2-3% | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The NHS is heading for a financial crisis and nobody has any clear ideas how to avert it, a breakfast meeting at the King’s Fund heard on 17 July.

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Article cites findings from the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies

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Exploring how immigration affects us all

Questions about migration, identity and community cohesion are very much in the political spectrum and reflect the focus of some research activities in the University of Leicester. 

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Article regarding the ESRC-funded project at the University of Leicester.

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How far is Russia backing the ‘little green men’?

How far is Russia backing the ‘little green men’? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Russia’s alleged role in supporting armed rebels – the so-called “little green men” – in the Ukraine is under international scrutiny following the MH17 crash

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Article written by Kataryna Wolczuka from the ESRC-funded Centre for Russian, Central and East European Studies

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Austerity Bites: A Journey to the Sharp End of Cuts in the UK

Reforms to housing benefit, cuts to disability benefits and child tax credits, harsher sanction regimes for Jobseeker’s Allowance and less generous uprating of benefits over time have hit some of the most vulnerable people in society, often several times over.

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The article cites data from the Institute for Fiscal Studies which is funded by the ESRC.

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Antibiotic research funding is 'inadequate', scientists say

Antibiotic research funding is 'inadequate', scientists say | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Despite the dire warnings about the impact of antibiotic resistance, research in the field receives just 1 per cent of public funding
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The article discusses an MRC led cross-council initiative. The initiative is the first time all seven research councils (AHRC, BBSRC, ESRC, EPSRC, MRC, NERC, STFC) will collaborate to tackle antimicrobial resistance. 

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Western Indian Ocean communities play vital role in conservation

An international team of researchers led by the University of York has carried out the first assessment of community-led marine conservation in the Western Indian Ocean.

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The article discusses a study that was jointly supported by the ESRC and NERC.

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Cultural stereotypes may evolve from sharing social information

Cultural stereotypes may be an unintended but inevitable consequence of sharing social information, according to research.

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The article discusses an ESRC-funded study based at the University of Aberdeen.

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The Truth About Surveys, You and Yours - BBC Radio 4

The Truth About Surveys, You and Yours - BBC Radio 4 | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The show asks how to tell when a survey is worth paying attention to - just how reliable is the research behind those newspaper headlines?

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Clip runs from 23:37 to 27:38


The section on surveys features Professor John MacInnes, ESRC Strategic Advisor on Quantitative Methods Training based at the University of Edinburgh.

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Pay What You Want

Joe Gladstone explains the behavourial science behind 'pay what you want' pricing on the BBC World News

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ESRC funded Joe Gladstone, Behavourial Scientist at the University of Cambridge discusses the new form of 'pay what you want' pricing where consumers can decide themselves how much they want to pay for goods or services.

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Who Are More Likely to Be Bullies – Poor Kids or Rich Kids?

Who Are More Likely to Be Bullies – Poor Kids or Rich Kids? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Bullying is the repeated and systematic abuse of power with the aim of causing intentional harm. Examples of bullying have been found in all societies.

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Author Dieter Wolke receives funding from the ESRC

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Crime prevention: where’s the evidence? -

Crime prevention: where’s the evidence? - | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

"How do we keep young people away from a life of gangs and violent crime? "

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Project Oracle is referred to within this article as it aims to support programme providers in gathering useful evidence about what's working in the youth and children’s sector and is funded by a consortium which includes the Economic and Social Research Council through its knowledge exchange initiative.


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Our rocketing national debt pile is the British economy's Achilles' Heel

Our rocketing national debt pile is the British economy's Achilles' Heel | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The deficit for the first three months of the fiscal year stood at £36.1bn, 7.3pc more than the £33.7bn racked up during the same time last year

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Article cites findings from the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies

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Gymnasts and eating disorders discussed on BBC Radio Wales

Gymnasts and eating disorders discussed on BBC Radio Wales | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Steffan Garrero sits in, chatting to Professor Jacinta Tan from Swansea University.
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Professor Jacinta Tan from Swansea University talks about the relationship between gymnasts and eating disorders from her ESRC funded project Ethical aspects of the impact of eating disorders on female elite gymnasts. Her interview starts at 6.36 minutes in and ends at approx 17.00 minutes.

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The ‘war heroines’ of Bangladesh: lessons for fighting sexual violence in conflict

The ‘war heroines’ of Bangladesh: lessons for fighting sexual violence in conflict | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Bangladesh is not a conflict. This is what I was recently told by the special representative of the UN secretary-general at the summit on End Sexual Violence in Conflict ESVC. She said the history of wartime rape during the Bangladesh war of 1971 could not be included in the summit, which took its starting point as the Bosnia conflict of 1992.

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Article written by Nayanika Mookherjee who has received funding from the ESRC

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ESRC Chief Executive Paul Boyle awarded honorary degree

ESRC Chief Executive Paul Boyle awarded honorary degree | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
The Chief Executive of the Economic and Social Research Council Professor Paul Boyle was among six people distinguished in their field who have been awarded honorary degrees at the July graduation ceremonies.
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Professor Paul Boyle is Chief Executive of the Economic and Social Research Council and President of Science Europe in Brussels. He is due to become Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester in October 2014.



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