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Budget Roundtable: The Economy – what kind of growth and is it here to stay?

Roundtable discussion, with six audio files.

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Discussions include Paul Johnson, Director of the ESRC-funded Institute of the Fiscal Studies.

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Shock as it's revealed nearly half of Britons pay ZERO income tax

Shock as it's revealed nearly half of Britons pay ZERO income tax | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

HALF of Britons are paying ZERO income tax meaning the rich are increasingly carrying the burden because of a Tory attempt to be seen as the new workers’ party.

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UK graduates leave university with more debt than US peers

UK graduates leave university with more debt than US peers | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Students in England graduate with higher debts, on average, than their peers in any other English-speaking country, including the US, according to research. A comparative study carried out by the Sutton Trust, a group that campaigns for greater.

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This article quotes a warning from the ESRC funded Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS)

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Trawling the net to target internet trolls

Trawling the net to target internet trolls | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

A software tool capable of both collecting and then cutting through millions of online messages to identify radicalising groups, trolls, and cyberbullies has been created by a UK trolling expert and her team at Lancaster University.

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The Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science (CASS) is funded by ESRC.

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University innocence projects: where are they now?

University innocence projects: where are they now? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Only one conviction has ever been overturned on the strength of a university innocence project’s work in the UK – what’s going on? And what’s next for these projects?

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Article cites findings from ESRC-funded student, Holly Greenwood

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Nearly half of adults don’t pay income tax

Nearly half of adults don’t pay income tax | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Under George Osborne the personal allowance has risen from £6,475 to £11,000, and the percentage of people paying income tax has dropped from 65.7 in 2007 to 56.2 last year.

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The articles refers to analysis done by the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies

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Best of British leads way in world-class research

Best of British leads way in world-class research | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

UK universities produce higher-quality research for the money spent than anywhere else in the world. While US universities spend far more on research and get more citations, their British counterparts are considered to be better value for money.

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This article highlights the Research Councils as a key research funder, and includes a comment by former ESRC chief executive Professor Sir Ian Diamond.

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Report says married couples are more likely to have successful family 

Report says married couples are more likely to have successful family  | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Children do worse if they are brought up by a lone parent or by parents who are not married, researchers found in a large-scale report.

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The findings were based on evidence from the ESRC-funded Understanding Society study

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Teaching children to read using phonics has 'significant benefits'

Teaching children to read using phonics has 'significant benefits' | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Teaching children to read using sounds rather than individual letters, the traditional method, has been found to be far more effective by researchers at the London School of Economics (LSE).

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The research was carried out by the ESRC-funded Centre for Economic Performance (CEP) 

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Truth is the first casualty of EU referendum, experts say

Truth is the first casualty of EU referendum, experts say | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

"Both sides in the Brexit battle are playing fast and loose with the truth, fact-checkers have warned. The Leave and Remain camps vying for the upper hand"

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Following the publication of the report Leave/remain: the facts behing the claims, (in collaboration with Full Fact,) Professor Anand Menon, UK in a Changing Europe director, said: "The public is being bombarded with conflicting claims about the costs and benefits of EU membership. Many of these are at best unsupported by evidence, and at worse simply untrue. Unsurprisingly, many people do not know what to believe or who to trust."


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Sex: the myths debunked

Sex: the myths debunked | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

From boosting your IQ level to lowering your blood pressure, how much do you really know about sex?

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

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Fund ‘pensions are great’ campaign, minister urges industry - FT.com

Fund ‘pensions are great’ campaign, minister urges industry - FT.com | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Pension providers have been urged to fund a publicity campaign for pensions as uncertainty clouds the future of the long-term savings products. Baroness Altmann, the pensions minister, said the industry needed to do more to encourage customers to
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Paul Johnson, director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies (funded by the ESRC), said the government is moving to a new tax system for pensions “by stealth”.

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How do the ITV News/ComRes polls reach their results?

How do the ITV News/ComRes polls reach their results? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

How do the ITV News/ComRes polls reach their results? 

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Article cites the ESRC-funded British Election Study

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Expat wages up to 900% higher than for local employees, research shows 

Expat wages up to 900% higher than for local employees, research shows  | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

A survey of 1,300 local and expat workers found a wage gap that ranges from 400-900% and causes significant resentment among local workers

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Article cites research from the project Add-Up which is funded by the joint DFID-ESRC Scheme for Research on International Poverty Reduction

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10 High Street stores of 1976 that have disappeared 

10 High Street stores of 1976 that have disappeared  | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The futures of Austin Reed and British Home Stores are under threat. But what other well-known High Street stores have disappeared over the last 40 years?

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Article cites Professor Neil Wrigley of the ESRC-funded project The Future of UK High Streets

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Home movers more likely to be green commuters, study finds

A study of 18,000 UK residents has found that people who have just moved house are significantly less likely to travel to work by car, opting for a greener mode of transport instead.

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This study was used data from the ESRC funded Understanding Society's longitudinal study.

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The top one per cent of earners pay over a quarter of income tax

The top one per cent of earners pay over a quarter of income tax | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The UK's top one per cent of earners is now paying more than a quarter of all income tax, according to a new report.

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

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Why if you move house you're a lot less likely to use the car

Why if you move house you're a lot less likely to use the car | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

A major study has found in the first six months after moving house people are more likely to be green commuters.

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Article cites findings from the ESRC-funded Understanding Society data set

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What would Brexit mean for UK trade deals?

What would Brexit mean for UK trade deals? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

As part of the EU we benefit from many trade agreements. But if we voted out in the referendum what might the negotiations look like? Our panel discuss

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Includes commentary from Professor Catherine Barnard, one of the senior fellows for the ESRC-funded UK in a Changing Europe initiative

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Analysis - Britain's EU 'Remain' campaign needs ground troops and passion

Campaigners to keep Britain in the European Union, boosted by a visit from US President Barack Obama, seem to be winning the air war in the media

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Features comment from Simon Hix, senior fellow of the UK in a Changing Europe initiative

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Working dads enjoy 'wage bonus' compared to childless counterparts

Working dads enjoy 'wage bonus' compared to childless counterparts | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Working fathers earn more than their 'childless counterparts', a new study has found.

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The study was carried out using data from the 1970 British Cohort Study, which is funded by ESRC

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Nottingham Trent professors launch website to help young people understand EU referendum

Nottingham Trent professors launch website to help young people understand EU referendum | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

A new website is setting out to engage young people in the UK EU referendum. The idea follows research which shows some 81 per cent of 12-to-24 year olds feel that they don’t know enough about the EU and how it affects their everyday lives.

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The 'Me and EU' website is launched as part of the ESRC-funded UK in a Changing Europe initiative

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‘In’ have bragging rights, for now, says John Curtice

‘In’ have bragging rights, for now, says John Curtice | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

What the US President has given Remain is plenty of quotes to bolster their argument that staying the EU would be better for Britain’s economy and its influence in the world, writes JOHN CURTICE.

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Article written by John Curtice of the ESRC UK in a Changing Europe initiative

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Don't blame young voters for not bothering about the EU referendum

Don't blame young voters for not bothering about the EU referendum | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Young people have the most at stake in the June 23 poll, but they know the least about the EU.

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Anand Menon receives funding from the Economic and Social Research Council.

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UK-China research collaboration celebrated

UK-China research collaboration celebrated | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Senior representatives from Research Councils UK (RCUK) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) celebrated the growing UK-China research partnership and discussed strategic priorities for the future at an event held at the Royal Society in London on 18 April.

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Professor Jane Elliott is RCUK International Champion and CEO of the ESRC (one of the seven Research Councils UK).

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Fact, Fiction and Brexit: Truth-Squadding the Arguments

The U.K.’s referendum on its membership in the European Union has prompted a whirlwind of claims about the bloc, some more accurate than others.

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Artilcle cites Sarah Hagemann from the ESRC-funded UK in a Changing Europe 

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