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Osborne readies tight UK budget even as elections approach

British finance minister George Osborne will bear few gifts for voters when he announces his annual budget next Wednesday, little more than a year before the next national election.


Osborne looks determined to stick to his message that Britain is only half-way through the belt-tightening plan he launched in 2010 to fix Britain's still wide budget deficit.

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Article features comment from the deputy director of the ESRC-funded Institute of Fiscal Studies.

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Pressure to be 'professional parents' driving middle class mothers to exhaustion

Pressure to be 'professional parents' driving middle class mothers to exhaustion | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Middle class mothers are driving themselves to exhaustion trying to hold down jobs while facing a growing obligation to ensure their children attend extra-curricular activities, a new study warns
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The article reports on an ESRC-funded study at Loughborough University.

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Family Breakups; Women and Children Hit Hardest.

Family Breakups; Women and Children Hit Hardest. | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Women and children are hit hardest following the breakdown of a relationship, with research showing that one in five mothers falls into poverty following a split.

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Artilce cites research by the Institute for Social and Economic Research which receives funding from the ESRC

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Osborne Bets on Credibility With Harder Welfare Stance

Osborne Bets on Credibility With Harder Welfare Stance | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne pledged to squeeze benefits for 10 million families in a gamble that his Conservative Party’s toughening economic stance will win him credibility with voters.

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Obese teenage boys could be paid 18 percent less once they enter job market

Obese teenage boys could be paid 18 percent less once they enter job market | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Men who are already obese as teenagers could grow up to earn up to 18 percent less than their peers of normal weight.
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The article cites data from the National Child Development Study from the ESRC-funded Centre for Longitudinal Studies.

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Brits lost faith in benefits due to Blair

The exact moment that the British public lost its faith in the benefits system has been pinpointed by researchers.

Former prime minister Tony Blair’s famous pronouncement in 1999 that welfare should be “a hand-up, not a hand-out” in reference to Labour’s New Deal policies coincided with a fundamental change in public attitudes towards benefits claimants, according to a paper published today by academics at the University of Bristol.

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The article discusses ESRC-funded research based at the University of Bristol, based on the British Social Attitudes survey.

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Love your local MP? Probably not

MPs who take comfort in the old adage that while people don’t like politicians, they do like their own MP, may have to think again, according to new research from the British Election Study (BES)

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England weighs heavily in UK's path to devolution

England weighs heavily in UK's path to devolution | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
A devolved union will be difficult to realize in a country that is highly centralized and whose economy is dominated by one region.
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This article mentions a recent paper by the ESRC-funded National Institute of Economic and Social Research.


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A welfare-building nation changes its mind

The public's view on work and welfare in Britain has shifted fundamentally in the past 30 years, new research has revealed.

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The article cites research by the University of Bristol, which used data from the ESRC-funded British Social Attitudes survey.

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The state of the climate and what we might do about it

The state of the climate and what we might do about it | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

How can we begin to address the global, insidious problem of climate change — a problem that’s too big for any one country to solve? Economist Nicholas Stern lays out a plan, presented to the UN’s Climate Summit in 2014, showing how the world’s countries can work together on climate. 

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Lord Nicholas Stern, Chair of the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy

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Working together to promote greater resilience to flooding

Working together to promote greater resilience to flooding | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Researchers from the University of Exeter are working to help communities become more resilient to natural hazards like flooding. 

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Article cites the ESRC-funded project Working together to promote greater resilience to flooding

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Fact Check: Do Ed Miliband's Claims Stack Up?

Fact Check: Do Ed Miliband's Claims Stack Up? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Ed Miliband has set out his six goals for Britain's future in his speech to the Labour conference. So how do some of his claims fare under closer scrutiny?

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Dads urged to join reading revolution

Dads urged to join reading revolution | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

One and a half million children will reach the age of 11 unable to read well by 2025 unless urgent action is taken to tackle the reading crisis, according to North-East academics.

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Article cites the ESRC-funded Millenium Cohort Study

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Panorama, Scotland: The People's Voice

Panorama, Scotland: The People's Voice | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Panorama follows the lives of ordinary voters who took part in the Scottish referendum.

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Programme features John Curtice and Michael Keating from the ESRC Future of the UK and Scotland programme

Programme originally aired Monday 22 September 2014

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Programme features John Curtice and Michael Keating from the ESRC Future of the UK and Scotland programme

Programme originally aired Monday 22 September 2014

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Sex Therapy: Stop Trying to Be ‘normal’

Yesterday The Observer published its special issue on sex. Based on their survey of British sexual attitudes and practices, the issue contains several interesting articles about current understandings and expectations around sex.

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Article cites findings from the ESRC-funded National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (NATSAL)


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Tory benefits freeze plan will increase poverty

Tory benefits freeze plan will increase poverty | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Charities working with people in poverty say Conservative plans to freeze benefits will have far reaching negative impacts

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

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BBC - Blogs - The Radio 4 Blog - My Nights In With the Prof

BBC - Blogs - The Radio 4 Blog - My Nights In With the Prof | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

In a new Radio 4 drama, Andrew Scott plays an earnest statistician who falls in love with an impulsive photographer.


Here, the writer of the story, Charlotte Bogard Macleod, reveals how the inspiration for Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight began.

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The blog refers to data from the NATSAL survey as a 'a proper scientific source [...] of what people get up to and their attitudes' with regards to sex.

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Longer Work Hours Linked With Higher Diabetes Risk

Longer Work Hours Linked With Higher Diabetes Risk | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Working overtime may result in a bigger paycheck, but it may also be linked with serious health problems.

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The study was part-funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.

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UK, SA launch multimillion-rand research and innovation partnership

South Africa and the UK have launched a multimillion-rand fund to spark more innovation, science and technology in South Africa and more widely across sub-Saharan Africa. The governments of the UK and South Africa, as well as private companies and nongovernmental organisations have committed R140-million a year to the UK-South Africa Newton Fund. A memorandum of understanding has been signed for the first three years of the programme.
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UK, SA launch multimillion-rand research and innovation partnership

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What are the adult health consequences of childhood bullying?

What are the adult health consequences of childhood bullying? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Recent studies have found that childhood bullying can have long-term consequences on physical and psychological health well into adulthood.

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The article cites the ESRC-funded National Child Development Study at the Centre for Longitudinal Studies.

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School streaming helps brightest pupils but nobody else

Splitting classes by ability undermines efforts to help disadvantaged children, finds research into English primaries.

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This article mentions the Millennium Cohort Study, at the Centre for Longitudinal Studies, which is core funded by the ESRC.

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Miliband's mansion tax will barely raise a penny, say experts

Miliband's mansion tax will barely raise a penny, say experts | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
The Labour leader believes the levy would bring an extra £1.2billion to the Treasury, but experts believe the money will be wiped out almost immediately.
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The article quotes James Browne, senior research economist, from the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies.

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Obese workers may be paid less than their peers

The new study is the first to show how this pattern also emerges among men who were already overweight or obese as teenagers.

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Article cites the National Child Development Study, which was funded by the ESRC

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British people stopped believing in the benefits due to Tony Blair, researchers claim

British people stopped believing in the benefits due to Tony Blair, researchers claim | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The exact moment that the British public lost its faith in the benefits system has been pinpointed by researchers.

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Article cites the ESRC-funded British Social Attitudes Survey

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Note to young men: Fat doesn't pay

Men who are already obese as teenagers could grow up to earn up to 18 percent less than their peers of normal weight. 

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Article cites the National Child Development Study, which was funded by the ESRC

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Combating climate change can be economically beneficial

A major report published last week could be a game changer in the climate change debate.

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Article written by Bob Ward, Policy and Communications Director at the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy

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