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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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Heidi Williams Brown's curator insight, May 30, 2016 3:06 PM
This is an article about how beneficial teaching phonics is when teaching children to read.
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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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After-school clubs 'can improve poorer children's education'

After-school clubs 'can improve poorer children's education' | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Study finds pupils who take part in organised sports and physical activities are more likely to achieve higher results
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Researchers analysed information on more than 6,400 children in England taking part in the ESRC-funded Millennium Cohort Study

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EU referendum poll tracker and odds

EU referendum poll tracker and odds | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Now that the official "Remain" and "Leave" campaigns have been announced, the country is preparing for the crucial June vote - which polls suggest is currently neck and neck.

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Follow The Telegraph's poll of polls tracker to see how the "Remain" and "Leave" campaigns are faring. Based on figures from What UK Thinks (funded by the ESRC), it takes an average of the last six polls, and will be updated until election day.

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Kids, you’ll never be as rich as the bank of mum and dad | The Times

Kids, you’ll never be as rich as the bank of mum and dad | The Times | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Younger Britons are likely to be less wealthy than their parents’ and grandparents’ generations for all of their lives, the Institue for Fiscal Studies has warned.

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The IFS is funded by the ESRC.

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Plans to stop collecting data on wealthiest 1% in UK criticised by IFS

Plans to stop collecting data on wealthiest 1% in UK criticised by IFS | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Institute for Fiscal Studies warns about accumulation of wealth by top 1% and says HMRC proposals to stop collecting data would create misleading picture
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The IFS is funded by the ESRC.

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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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IFS criticises Government plan to stop publishing wealth data on richest 1 per cent

IFS criticises Government plan to stop publishing wealth data on richest 1 per cent | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The respected Institute for Fiscal Studies has criticised Government plans to stop collecting and publishing data about the wealth held by the richest 1 per cent.


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Article cites the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies.

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After-school clubs 'boost poorer pupils' results' - BBC News

After-school clubs 'boost poorer pupils' results' - BBC News | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
After-school clubs can improve the academic performance and social skills of disadvantaged primary pupils, a Nuffield Foundation study finds.
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The researchers - from NatCen Social Research, Newcastle University and ASK Research - analysed information on more than 6,400 children in England taking part in the ESRC-funded Millennium Cohort Study, which has been following children born in 2000-01 from birth

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Drop in dementia rates suggests disease can be prevented, researchers say

Drop in dementia rates suggests disease can be prevented, researchers say | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
In the UK, dementia has fallen by a fifth over the past 20 years, possibly down to lifestyle and education changes, highlighting benefits of preventative action
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The proportion of older people suffering from dementia has fallen by a fifth over the past two decades with the most likely explanation being because men are smoking less and living healthier lives, according to new scientific research by Cognitive Function and Ageing Study - which is co-funded by the ESRC.

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Brexit: Which side correct in debate on costs to UK of EU role?

Brexit: Which side correct in debate on  costs to UK of EU role? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Leave and Remain camps prone to picking facts suiting own agenda, says Professor Iain Begg.

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Professor Iain Begg is a Senior Research Fellow of the ESRC-funded UK in a Changing Europe initiative. 

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Rachel McAuley's curator insight, April 25, 2016 1:41 AM
External influences. EU