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By Andy Norman

Technical skills: How do the election manifestos compare?

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Skills analyst Andy Norman discusses how the Conservative and Labour Manifestos compare on technical skills
By Thomas Aubrey

New land compensation rules will drive up infrastructure investment and raise the rate of housebuilding

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Centre director Thomas Aubrey sets out the case for the new land compensation rules, showing that they will will drive up infrastructure investment and raise the rate of housebuilding
By Andy Norman

How a lack of technical skills may be holding back the West Midlands economy

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Recent analysis by the Centre suggests that the economy is being held back by a lack of key technical skills, with as many as 43% of vacancies for technical roles categorised as skills shortage vacancies.
By Con Keating

Pre-pack Insolvency and Defined Benefit Pensions

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Con Keating, head of research at Brighton Rock Group, discusses the use of pre-pack resolutions for distressed companies with pensions deficits, arguing that the problem is not one of ‘moral hazard’.
By The Centre

Response to the Industrial Strategy Green Paper

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The Centre responds to the government's recent green paper, 'Building our Industrial Strategy'
By Andy Norman

How LEPs can ensure apprenticeships drive inclusive growth

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As the new Apprenticeship Levy comes into effect, Centre analyst Andy Norman argues that, if armed with the right information, LEPs can ensure apprenticeships drive inclusive growth up and down the country. Writing for the LEP Network, he contends that a key challenge for apprenticeship policy in filling the country’s technical skills shortages is one of […]
By The Centre

Estimating land value capture for England – updated analysis

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In 2016 a National Audit Office report identified that the actual rate of public land sales was significantly lower than the £1bn per annum assumed by the government. As a result of this difference, the Centre for Progressive Capitalism has updated its analysis on the potential incremental uplift from land value capture for residential housing.
By Thomas Aubrey

Why Britain’s lax competition framework needs to change

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The government ought to provide the Competition & Markets Authority with broader powers to prevent the acquisition of UK firms if this reduces competition at national, regional or global level. Such a change will likely spur innovation in search for other sources of earnings growth, which may lead to greater investment and productivity
By Thomas Aubrey

Sustaining profitable growth in volatile markets

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A recent blog post by Lichfields suggested that the government’s housing White Paper has been excessively criticised by housing commentators. They go further stating that the white paper “leaves enough flexibility in the process to reflect spatial variation and it stops short of gimmicks.” Lichfields raises an important issue as the housing white paper does indeed […]