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Help to heat: A solution to the affordability crisis in energy debt


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Help to heat: A solution to the affordability crisis in energy debt

Rising energy bills are squeezing living standards in the UK. This report sets out a comprehensive and cost-neutral policy framework to improve the energy efficiency of the UK’s housing stock – ‘Help to Heat’ would provide an immediate and long-lasting solution to energy affordability, boost GDP through job-creation, and reduce both carbon emissions and the UK’s reliance on gas imports. >


By IPPR, UK.


Governance Policy Resource.

Condition of Britain briefing 1: Raising a family debt


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Condition of Britain briefing 1: Raising a family debt

This briefing paper – the first in a series to be published as part of IPPR’ s Condition of Britain programme – explores the pressures on Britain’s families, and reflects on recent attempts to craft a more supportive environment for them, and asks how they can be helped to thrive in an era of limited public budgets, uncertain growth and shifting pressures on family life. Many families in Britain are under strain as the cost of living rises and parents struggle to balance family time and work. While parents have primary responsibility for raising children, the state and wider society create the environment in which families are raised. We therefore need to ask how politics, institutions and policies need to change in response to the social pressures facing post-crash Britain: • What role should community institutions like children’s centres play in helping parents to overcome isolation and build relationships of support with one another? • Should family time be protected from the labour market by more generous paid leave? • Would it be better to spend scarce public resources on better childcare and parental leave, rather than maintaining or increasing the value of cash benefits for families? 


By IPPR, UK.


Governance Policy Resource.

UN Security Council visits Rwanda’s Kigali Genocide Memoria


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UN Security Council visits Rwanda’s Kigali Genocide Memorial .

The 15 ambassadors of the United Nations Security Council this morning visited the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Rwanda’s capital, a site where some 250,000 victims of the 1994 genocide lie buried. Established in 2004 by the Aegis Trust for genocide prevention at the request of the Rwandan Government and Kigali City Council, it continues to be run by Aegis on behalf of CNLG (Rwanda’s National Commission for the Fight against Genocide) as a place both of dignified remembrance and of learning for a new generation.


By Aegis Trust,, UK.


Humanitarian Intervention Policy Resource.

Pump up the volume: Bringing down costs and increasing jobs in the offshore wind sector debt


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Pump up the volume: Bringing down costs and increasing jobs in the offshore wind sector debt

Given Britain's geographical position and industrial traditions, offshore wind power offers enormous potential, both domestically and as an export sector. However, weak and unclear signals from government on the long-term future of renewable energy mean the UK is at risk of a worst-of-all-worlds outcome: high costs combined with low pay-offs in the form of jobs and trade. >


By IPPR, UK.


Governance Policy Resource.