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'Convenience culture' drives high street revival

'Convenience culture' drives high street revival | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

A new in–depth evidence review into the state of British high street has revealed how town centres are adapting to meet the changing demands of the nation’s consumers.

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Article discusses the ESRC-funded High Street Performance and Evolution report

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Breaking the cycle of poor literacy standards- one step at a time

Breaking the cycle of poor literacy standards- one step at a time | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Each year across Greater Manchester, two out of every five children are defined as being "not school ready" when they're assessed at the end of their Reception year.

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The article cites the ESRC-funded Millennium Cohort Study which is based at the Centre for Longitudinal Studies.

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The Riverside Show - How to Get to 100 and Enjoy It

The Riverside Show - How to Get to 100 and Enjoy It | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

In research, the significant issues affecting every person's life are often hidden behind abstract figures like the number of births, the mortality rate, or net migration. The exhibition presents the latest results of population research in an easy-to-understand format, with the aim of raising awareness among interested non-scientific audiences of the pressing issues surrounding demographic change.

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The programme included an interview with Teresa McGowan and Genna West on the Centre for Population Change's (CPC) 'How to Get to 100 and Enjoy It' exhibition (43:14 - 46:35). The exhibition is travelling around the UK until 4 December. From the 29 October to 2 November as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science the exhibition was held at the Gallery@OXO in London.

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Men in their 20s and 30s most likely to have paid for sex in recent years

Men in their 20s and 30s most likely to have paid for sex in recent years | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

One in 10 British men have paid for sex, with men in their late 20s and early 30s most likely to have seen a sex worker in recent years. 

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The article cites a paper that analysed data from the third National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (NATSAL), which is funded by the ESRC.

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Two charts that explain why old people keep getting free stuff

Two charts that explain why old people keep getting free stuff | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Pensioner benefits will cost taxpayers yet more billions. Here's why
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The article cites the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies.

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Incomes set to outstrip inflation says IFS

Incomes set to outstrip inflation says IFS | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Average incomes are set to rise by 3.1 per cent to £459 per week – or £23,868 a year - in the current financial year, according to the IFS.
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The article cites the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies.

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More Brits to fall below poverty line

Average incomes in the UK are set to rise faster than inflation in 2014, after falling by around 5 per cent in real terms following the 2008 financial crash, according to new research by economic think tank.

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The article cites research by the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies.

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Statistics watchdog raps Treasury over personal tax summaries

The official statistics watchdog has warned the Treasury after letters were sent to 24 million people detailing how their taxes are spent.
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Today - BBC Radio 4

Morning news. Includes Sports Desk; Weather; Thought for the Day.

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Programme interviews ESRC Future Research Leader, Dr Charlotte O'Brien from the University of York regarding her findings on EU Welfare.

Broadcast starts at 02:13:20

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Incomes set to outstrip inflation says IFS

Incomes set to outstrip inflation says IFS | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Average incomes are set to rise by 3.1 per cent to £459 per week – or £23,868 a year - in the current financial year, according to the IFS.

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

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£7.5 million in funding to support urban living

£7.5 million in funding to support urban living | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Opportunities for businesses to help local councils and communities improve quality of life in urban areas through innovative use of data.

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Artilce regarding the Innovate UK 2014 initiative which receives funding from the ESRC.

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Funding for poorer pupils helps more boys than girls, study shows

Funding for poorer pupils helps more boys than girls, study shows | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Bright girls from poor backgrounds are falling behind in class as cash to raise standards is concentrated on boys, it is claimed today. Research into school spending reveals that boys on free school meals make 50 per cent more progress in secondary school than girls.
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Article on a study, published by the Nuffield Foundation, co-authored by an ESRC-funded researcher at the Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex.

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Rochester And Strood By-Election: Five Lessons

Rochester And Strood By-Election: Five Lessons | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Sky's Faisal Islam looks at what can be learnt in the fallout from UKIP's second by-election gain from the Conservatives.
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Articles cites research from the British Election Study, which receives funding from the ESRC.

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The superhead: how Cynthia Eubank turned a struggling Deptford primary school into the best in the country

The superhead: how Cynthia Eubank turned a struggling Deptford primary school into the best in the country | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Cynthia Eubank’s room at Grinling Gibbons primary school is half office and half data analysis centre. There are “data packs” strewn around, a row of folders full of Excel spreadsheets and performance graphs. Most key decisions she makes are based on “interrogating” them for insights.
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The article cites a report by the ESRC-funded Centre for Market and Public Organisation (CMPO) at the University of Bristol.

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Crocodile attack database ‘will aid conservation efforts and save lives’

Crocodile attack database ‘will aid conservation efforts and save lives’ | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Australian-founded database CrocBITE, with records of 2,700 worldwide crocodile attacks, an attempt to understand ‘human-crocodile conflict’
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CrocBITE has received $30,000 in funding from the ESRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) award so that the database can be expanded with the help of Imperial College London.

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Czechs and Slovaks Still Search for Truth and Love, 25 Years After the Velvet Revolution

Czechs and Slovaks Still Search for Truth and Love, 25 Years After the Velvet Revolution | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Twenty-five years on, views on the events of 1989 are mixed. Polls from Czech research institute CVVM and Slovakia’s IVO reveal only 61 per cent of Czechs and 51 per cent of Slovaks view the events of that autumn in a positive light. 

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The author of the article, Tim Haughton, has received funding from the ESRC.

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Emily Thornberry Is Not the Enemy of Working Class People, the Sun Newspaper and Everything it Represents Is

Emily Thornberry is not the enemy of Britain's working class, the Sun newspaper, UKIP, and the dog whistle, reactionary politics promoted by both is.

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The article cites a report by the ESRC-funded Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex and the the London School of Economics.

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Middle-class families to get £300 boost in run-up to general election, IFS finds

Middle-class families to get £300 boost in run-up to general election, IFS finds | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Incomes of average household is increasing at quicker than inflation, leading economic think tank finds in blow to Labour's 'cost of living' claims
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The article cites the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies.

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Pensioner benefits will cost taxpayers an extra £12bn by 2019 says IFS

Pensioner benefits will cost taxpayers an extra £12bn by 2019 says IFS | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Pensioners today are already better off than they were on average across their working lives while poverty among younger generations has risen sharply.
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The article cites Paul Johnson, Director of the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies.

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CrocBITE grows funding teeth for research

An international crocodile attack database has received new funding that will help research and aid conservation.
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CrocBITE has received $30,000 in funding from the ESRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) award so that the database can be expanded with the help of Imperial College London.

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The mystery of the disappearing income tax receipts

It looks like being a great Christmas for the retailers – and a lousy one for the Chancellor. The reason? Well, there is a strange disjunction at the moment between what is happening to consumption in Britain and what is happening to government revenues.

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Benefits for pensioners to cost £12 billion a year even though they have 'stopped being poor'

Benefits for pensioners to cost £12 billion a year even though they have 'stopped being poor' | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The Institute for Fiscal Studies urged policy-makers to recognise that “pensioners as a group have stopped being poor”

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


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Autumn Statement 2014: Could high business growth start to attract tax relief?

Autumn Statement 2014: Could high business growth start to attract tax relief? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Business news and management advice for entrepreneurs, growing businesses and SMEs.

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Labour Party plans to quadruple gun licence cost and scrap commissioners

Labour Party plans to quadruple gun licence cost and scrap commissioners | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Labour last night unveiled plans to save £250million by scrapping police commissioners and quadrupling the cost of gun licenses.

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'Better sex education, more understanding and openness are vital'

Last Thursday, the Wellcome Collection opened the first UK exhibition to bring together the pioneers of the study of sex. The Institute of Sexology: Undress Your Mind fascinates in its examination of the culturally constructed nature of sexual behaviour. Included is a brief history of the pioneering National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (Natsal). Established by a female team to learn more about sexual behaviour at the peak of the HIV-Aids crisis, its findings in 1990/91 informed successful sexual health strategies. It has conducted three major studies every decade since then. On average, men now have around 12 partners and women 7.7 in a lifetime, double the 1990 figure but hardly Sodom and Gomorrah. “Media portrayal of sex is so different from people’s lived reality,” says Professor Dame Anne Johnson, one of Natsal’s leaders
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Observer editorial discusses the important work of the National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (Natsal), which is part-funded by the ESRC.

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Experts unite to attack full devolution of income tax

Experts unite to attack full devolution of income tax | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
MORE than 40 of Britain's top economic experts have come out against the full devolution of income tax to Scotland, warning such a move would undermine the UK state, according to a poll.
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Article based on study by ESRC-funded Centre for Macroeconomics.

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