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Ukraine: what’s the global economic impact of Russia’s invasion?

Russia’s brutal invasion has driven millions into poverty and debilitated – but not quite destroyed – Ukraine’s economy. Meanwhile, sanctions are straining the Russian economy, but they are yet to end a war that has sown financial turmoil and personal hardship in the region and across the globe.

Health, physical & mental

How does the outsourcing of health and social care affect service quality?

Commercial organisations are increasingly being contracted to deliver health and social care in England. The privatisation of these public services is politically sensitive, with many fearing that the profit motive might put patients and service users at risk.

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.


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This week’s Autumn Statement is a clear reminder of the importance of economic policy for the lives and livelihoods of people across the UK. The Festival of Economics, which took place in Bristol last week, explores exactly how, drawing on the insights of scholars, practitioners and the media.

Prices & interest rates

#economicsfest: What does food tell us about the economy?

The cost of living crisis has made clear the centrality of food in household budgets and people’s broader wellbeing. The nutritional quality of what we eat, where it’s grown and how much we pay for it are all crucial – not just for human health but the health of the planet.

Families & households

How can UK policy-makers make homes more affordable?

Housing in the UK has become seriously unaffordable; the problem is likely to get worse; and younger people are being hit the hardest. Reforms that could be effective in solving the crisis are considered politically infeasible – while popular policies are ineffective or, worse, counterproductive.

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