Funding social care

Funding social care by Dr Steven ProudThis week, it has been reported that the UK government is proposing to increase National Insurance by 1 percentage point, in order to fund social care, along with introducing a cap on the total contribution that an individual would need to make of between £60,000 and £80,000.

There can be no “levelling up” without education recovery

There can be no “levelling up” without education recoveryYesterday saw the resignation of Sir Kevan Collins, leading the Government’s Education Recovery Programme, writes Professor Simon Burgess. The pandemic has hit young people very hard, causing significant learning losses and reduced mental health; the Recovery Programme is intended to rectify these harms and to repair the damage to pupils’ futures.

Studying during the pandemic: we hear from economics students

On 16th March 2020, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced, “now is the time for everyone to stop non-essential contact and travel.” Over a year on, the UK’s ‘roadmap’ out of a series of lockdowns is gradually being enacted step-by-step, but blended learning remains and campus life is overwhelmingly quiet as the government’s preference to work and study from home when possible, also remains.

Lockdown policies, corporation tax, the labour market ‘revolution’: What do the experts say?

Economics staff at Bristol University give their views on recent economics hot-topics. Where does the expert consensus lie?

By Ethan Lester


This month, we focus on three covid-related economic developments. Firstly, as Britain tentatively follows its ‘roadmap’ out of lockdown, we ask whether ‘zero-covid’ policies should be prioritised over ‘low-covid’ ones.

The Budget Statement, 2021

The Budget Statement 2021The United Kingdom is spending an unprecedented 407 Billion GBP on mitigating the devastating effect of the pandemic and accelerating recovery by stimulating job creation, investment and purchasing power. The bulk of the financing is planned to come from a progressive increase in corporate taxes which is a highly debated policy issue in academic circles.