Ethnic diversity and inequality – ethical and scientific rigour in social research

The desirability and feasibility of developing guidance to help decide when and how ethnicity should be included in social policy-relevant research projects. This research addresses the increasing need for research to inform policy and practice development that is sensitive to the diversity of the UK’s multiethnic population. Emphasis was given to the importance of ensuring … [Read More] Ethnic diversity and inequality – ethical and scientific rigour in social research

Taking stock on climate

It’s difficult to have a cool-headed debate about global warming. At a psychological level, the sheer scale of the issue – global, long-term, complex, threatening – tends to induce either paralysing despair or wilful ignorance. It doesn’t help that many protagonists in the debate, whether environmental NGOs or climate sceptics, bring with them all too … [Read More] Taking stock on climate

Dementia is core business for aged care

The new report Caring Places Volume 2 reports that the consequence of a national shortage of over 279,000 community and residential care places by 2050 will be an average deficit of 1,800 aged care places in every Commonwealth Electoral Division. Last year Alzheimer’s Australia released the report Caring Places Volume 1 which looked at different … [Read More] Dementia is core business for aged care

Home energy performance certificates failing (UK)

Energy performance certificates, designed to inform home buyers and renters about a property’s energy efficiency, are largely being ignored, a new study has concluded. Almost 80% of home buyers or renters who see an energy performance certificate (EPC) for their new home don’t act on any of the recommendations it includes on how to improve … [Read More] Home energy performance certificates failing (UK)

Partnering with employers to promote job advancement for low-skill individuals (US)

This paper explores the reasons why employer partnerships are important for improving economic outcomes for both low-skill workers and businesses. It identifies the factors that have hindered the growth of these partnerships as well as promising approaches-incumbent worker training and sectoral training-to build partnerships. It concludes with a discussion of policy considerations for creating and … [Read More] Partnering with employers to promote job advancement for low-skill individuals (US)

Emissions trading – Some developments since late 2010

In November 2010 the Parliamentary Library published a Background Note outlining operating and proposed emissions trading schemes around the world. Since that publication, there have been several new developments: the proposed South Korean Emissions Trading Scheme will commence operations in 2015 instead of the 2013 date that had been speculated the legislation implementing the proposed … [Read More] Emissions trading – Some developments since late 2010

Social impact of banks (UK)

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The 2007-10 banking crisis and recession have badly eroded trust in the banks. Besides the question of financial system stability, banks have been increasingly criticised for contributing to environmental, social and human rights problems. An adequate response to all these issues is required if banks are to regain public trust. This report discusses … [Read More] Social impact of banks (UK)

Social disparities in children’s vocabulary in early childhood – Does pre-school education help to close the gap?

Children start school with differing levels of skills. Thus, children of different social origin have different probabilities of educational success right from the start of their school career. This paper analyses how the gap in language abilities of children with different social backgrounds develops from age three to five. A focus lies on the question … [Read More] Social disparities in children’s vocabulary in early childhood – Does pre-school education help to close the gap?

Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia: Summary of Findings, 2009

The overall fall in the Australian disability rate in the six years to 2009 is reflected in the disability rates for Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia and South Australia, according to figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). Between 2003 to 2009, the largest reduction in the disability rate at the state level … [Read More] Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia: Summary of Findings, 2009

Over half a million people will have undiagnosed dementia in 2021 (UK)

Alzheimer’s Society release new dementia figures on day of Tesco Charity of the Year announcement In 2021, over half a million people will be living with dementia that has gone undiagnosed. A new partnership between Tesco, Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer Scotland has for the first time mapped the state of dementia and diagnosis levels in … [Read More] Over half a million people will have undiagnosed dementia in 2021 (UK)

European ruling – Gender won’t be taken into account for insurance premiums (EU)

Insurers won’t be able to base premiums on the gender of policyholders, the European Court of Justice has ruled. Currently, gender can be taken into account providing insurers can justify this on the basis of risk analysis and claims statistics. From December 2012, insurance providers will no longer be exempt from a wider EU principle … [Read More] European ruling – Gender won’t be taken into account for insurance premiums (EU)

Consumer credit falls by 6% as families repay debt (UK)

Consumer credit lending fell by 6% in 2010, according to latest figures from the Finance & Leasing Association. December, traditionally a strong month for credit card borrowing, saw a year-on-year fall of 5%, reflecting consumers’ pre-Christmas reticence to spend on the high street. Store cards and store instalment credit fell by more than a quarter … [Read More] Consumer credit falls by 6% as families repay debt (UK)

Examining the potential for tenant feedback on private landlords (UK)

The private rented sector generates more complaints than almost any other. According to a new report issued today by Consumer Focus, the consumer watchdog, one of the biggest issues is that private renters often know very little about their landlords before signing a tenancy agreement. Today the watchdog has written to some of the largest … [Read More] Examining the potential for tenant feedback on private landlords (UK)

Do enterprise zones work? (UK)

ABSTRACT With the announcement of a new generation of Enterprise Zones widely expected in the Budget, This Work Foundation report warns they are likely to be ineffective at stimulating sustained growth in depressed areas. Enterprise Zones, tax breaks and other localised incentives may stimulate rapid investment in the short-term, but this typically lasts no more … [Read More] Do enterprise zones work? (UK)

Review of the survey of employer use and views of the VET system – NCVER

The Survey of Employer Use and Views of the Vocational Education and Training (VET) System is currently being reviewed by NCVER. This discussion paper is the first step in the review. It provides a framework for feedback and identifies key issues for consideration. NCVER is seeking input from users to identify their information requirements and … [Read More] Review of the survey of employer use and views of the VET system – NCVER

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