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Big tech's duty of care

Lawyers and doctors have to act in their clients’ best interests. What if Facebook and Google had to do the same? Imagine that you have a ...

Weekly Economics Podcast: fast fashion

With the COP26 global climate conference coming up later this year, we’re spending five episodes this series looking at pressing climate issues. In this episode we’re ...

Not out of the woods yet

At the end of September the furlough scheme (official name: the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, or CJRS) will come to an end. This date is arbitrary, ...

The countdown to COP26

There are fewer than 100 days to COP26 but the gap between climate ambition and action is as wide as ever There are fewer than 100 ...

Greening central banking

If you back a recovery plan based around great public services, protecting the planet and reducing inequality, please support NEF to build back better. Make a ...

Levelling up begins with quality public services

Short-term funding pots are not enough to fix the damage of austerity. In its 2019 manifesto, the Conservative Party committed to ​“levelling up every part of ...

The case for hope

Over a year since it began, and despite the vaccine rollout, we still don’t know how the pandemic will play out. But this uncertainty can actually ...

Decarbonising our shops, supermarkets and warehouses

It’s not just airlines and oil companies who will have to cut emissions — sectors like retail will have to change too. From how we generate ...

Weekly Economics Podcast: how can we tackle the climate crisis while levelling up?

With the COP26 global climate conference coming up later this year, we’re spending five episodes this series looking at some of the biggest climate issues. In ...

Who owns vaccines?

Covid vaccine nationalism is showing us that our intellectual property system is broken This is an article from the third issue of the New Economics Zine. ...

The road to recovery

The pandemic didn’t create inequality in the UK – it only made it worse. But what happens next isn’t inevitable. This is an article from the ...

Up in the air

Our consumer choices, from buying less tobacco to more diesel, are shaped by government policy. What if we applied it to air travel? This is an ...

What world do we want to return to?

This is the editorial from the third issue of the New Economics Zine. You can read the full issue here “We’re moving into a new world!” ...

A Frequent Flyer Levy

Why demand for aviation must be capped Responding to the Paris Climate Agreement to limit warming to 1.5oC, the UK government passed into law in 2019 ...

Weekly Economics Podcast: A climate conversation between two generations

With the COP26 global climate conference coming up later this year, we’re going to spend five episodes this series looking at some of the biggest climate ...

The New Economics Zine

“We’re moving into a new world!” people said. ​“We can’t go back to normal – hard truths have been learned and new possibilities have suddenly opened up!” But, 16 months after the UK ...

Risk but no return

The government puts billions into research and development – so why doesn’t it own a stake in the results? 2021 is already looking like a big ...

Weekly Economics Podcast: Greenwashing

With the COP26 global climate conference coming up later this year, we’re going to spend the next five episodes of the podcast looking at some of the ...

Credit where due

How we farm has a major impact on our health, our communities, our climate and nature. Today, our global food systems are responsible for a third of all human-caused ...

It’s time Europe stopped fetishising fiscal discipline

We should prioritise more important outcomes – like creating well-paid green jobs and lifting millions out of poverty This piece was originally published in the Financial ...

We can win a decent standard of living for everyone

Introducing the Living Income campaign. A Living Income sets a level below which no one can fall, so we can all survive and thrive. In these ...

Weekly Economics Podcast: Culture wars

This week, the front page of the Daily Mail screamed ​“Outrage as Oxford students plan to axe queen”. In reality, a group of postgrads voted to ...

Preparing for a just transition in Yorkshire and the Humber

Workers and communities must be involved to ensure a fair approach to industrial change Climate action and ​‘levelling up’ don’t have to be incompatible, but workers ...

The Croydon Climate Crisis Commission Report

The clock is ticking on climate change and our ability to stem the worst impacts of a warming world. As we recover from the Covid-19 pandemic, ...

Public debt – the untold story

Fetishizing public debt doesn’t give us the full picture on the economy and the role of government borrowing Like the 2008 global financial crisis before it, ...

Where is the plan for social care?

Despite promising to ‘fix’ social care, government has kicked the can down the road again Despite promising to ​‘fix’ social care, it looks like the government ...

The Bank of England's new 'net zero' mandate could be a game changer

Finance is no silver bullet for climate challenges but it is one of the single most important things to get right The Bank of England’s (BoE) ...

Is free personal care enough?

A more expansive vision for social care needs to be at the centre of a universal offer For much of the past year, social care has ...