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Health, physical & mental

How is the cost of living crisis affecting provision of social care?

Local authorities are facing tough choices about how to meet the growing need for publicly funded social care services. Rising prices and staff shortages will affect the quantity and quality of social care they are able to provide.

Energy & climate change

How are energy contracts affecting the transition to net zero?

Around the world, a large proportion of electricity is sold through power purchase agreements that may span decades. While these long-term contracts help to reduce risk, they can also lock countries into fossil fuels and hinder a rapid switch to renewable power, which is often cheaper.

Pensions, savings & investment

What are the implications of removing the pensions lifetime allowance?

The UK’s Chancellor of the Exchequer has announced the abolition of the lifetime allowance on what can be drawn from private pensions. A higher limit would have been a more desirable measure, both for deterring the use of pensions for tax avoidance and for reducing incentives for early retirement.

Health, physical & mental

How might the cost of living crisis affect people's health?

Difficult decisions about what to eat and how to stay warm will have knock-on effects on people’s physical and mental health. The outcomes will increase demand on an already strained NHS.

Banks & financial markets

Why did Silicon Valley Bank fail?

The collapse of Silicon Valley Bank is the largest bank failure in the United States since the global financial crisis. The bank’s vulnerability was the result of having a high proportion of uninsured deposits and a large proportion of deposits invested in hold-to-maturity securities.

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