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The rail franchise needs more than just a reboot

03 May 2017, by in Public services

The current system of rail franchising leaves much to be desired. Passenger satisfaction is very uneven, and the system is not well aligned with the needs of the economy. Today, Campaign for Better Transport (CfBT) published a report on the state of Rail Franchising in the UK. Since 1995 a range of private Train Operating…




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What we want from the Busses Bill wash up

25 Apr 2017, by in Public services

The Bus Services Bill  is due to complete its passage through parliament this week, because of the election it will be agreed through wash up. It was initially due to enter Ping Pong on April 26 following its third reading in the Commons. The snap election called  last week means that the bill has to…




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Even the Pay Review Body condemns NHS pay policy

28 Mar 2017, by in Public services

Today’s NHS Pay Review Body (NHSPRB) report stands as a sharp rebuke to the government’s public sector pay policy.  Though their recommendation is for pay to remain within the cap, their comments indicate dismay at the havoc the policy is wreaking on the health service. In 2011/12, the government imposed a two year pay freeze…




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Brexit economics update: the economy remains sluggish

09 Dec 2016, by in Economics

The economy has been slow to grow, a trend that predates the referendum, and there are signs it will get worse. The latest round of economic data from the Office of National Statistics gives us a more robust picture of the third quarter of 2016 and therefore of the short-term economic impact of the referendum.…




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The return of the squeeze?

08 Nov 2016, by in Economic Reports

This is the latest in our regular round-up of the state of the economy. Last month my colleague Silkie Cragg discussed the contradictory nature of data regarding the state of the economy as we entered Quarter 4 of 2016. This month the picture seems to be clearing a little. There are some positive signs. However,…




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What’s up with self-employment?

14 Oct 2016, by in Economics

Last week I was perusing the latest Business; activity, size and location statistics on the ONS website (which counts as a good time in your 30s) when I noticed an interesting quirk: the number of private sector businesses continues to grow but the number of sole-proprietorships has continued to decline.  At this point its probably…




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