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By Thomas Aubrey

Politicians must stand up to a culture of rent-seeking

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For decades politicians have been too timid in challenging the rise of rentierism. But this rentier system stands in the way of a more inclusive form of economic growth, which if not dismantled, will lend increasing support to a more extreme form of politics.
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Press Release: Landowners make £13bn profit in one year, as high land prices stifle affordable housing

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Landowners are pocketing billions of pounds of profit every year just for getting planning permission, which raises prices and makes it harder than ever to buy land for new social housing, according to the Centre for Progressive Policy and the National Housing Federation.
By Thomas Aubrey

Gathering the windfall: how changing land law can unlock England’s housing supply potential

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Our latest working paper calls on the government to radically reform the way that land is bought and sold to help tackle the housing crisis.
By Charlotte Alldritt

Can “inclusive growth” revive progressive politics?

We’ve been trying to tackle inequality and deprivation for decades without sustained success. It's time for a new approach.
By Jemima Swindells

Understanding the true price of university

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With so much talk about tuition fees, why is there such little talk about the immediate costs of university? More financial certainty would allow students to make a more informed judgement of whether university really is the best option for their future.
By Andy Norman

Maintaining momentum in skills devolution

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Building a truly place-based skills systems requires further devolution. Local and regional governments must capitalise on the momentum that is beginning to build.
By The Centre

Sharing land value with communities: An open letter

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This open letter was published on 20 August 2018 by UKOnward and signed by 16 leading campaign organisations from across the political spectrum. It was sent to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP.  The root of England’s housing crisis lies in how we buy and sell land. […]

Are attitudes to apprenticeships changing?

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The vocational route has for decades struggled to achieve the respect it craves, often being assigned the role of an inferior sibling to the more glamorous academic route. But is this finally beginning to change?
By Florian Ranft

Blog: How can we spread the benefits of the digital economy?

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Policymakers need to update their economic thinking of work in society and find policy solutions that better reflect the unfolding changes of big tech and innovation. That includes shifting the debate on digital from micro to macro and rethinking how the distribution of the economic benefits of digitalisation can be translated into an inclusive growth model.