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Latest Observations

Observation
The national Accident and Emergency (A&E) four-hour waiting time target is once again in the news headlines. Performance against this recently fell to the lowest since records began, with only 79.8% of patients in December 2019 admitted, discharged or transferred to another hospital within 4 hours ...
Observation
In their manifestos, both the Labour party and the Liberal Democrats have promised to extend free school meals to more children. The Labour party would introduce free school meals for all children in primary schools, while the Liberal Democrats would offer them to all secondary-school pupils whose ...
Observation
What are the main parties’ spending proposals for young people in further education and sixth forms, and for adult education? To what extent will they reverse the cuts we’ve seen to date?

Recent newspaper articles

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Last week the Royal Statistical Society announced its statistic of the year. And we at the Institute for Fiscal Studies won. We won for 58 per cent. That’s the proportion of people in poverty in Britain who live in households that contain someone in paid work.
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With a working majority it looks like we’ll have something approaching a full five-year parliament. Beyond “getting Brexit done” Boris Johnson, his chancellor Sajid Javid and the rest of the cabinet will have plenty on their plate to fill the time.
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The three main political parties offer voters starkly different choices on tax, writes Stuart Adam of the IFS.