Privatised rail: public profit or public loss?

Train
The privatised rail system relies upon hidden public subsidies and has failed to bring in private investment, according to a CRESC report.
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Same-sex partnerships: commitment above rights

Same sex couple
Research suggests that same-sex couples wish to formalise their relationship to primarily express commitment, over legal 'rights' and protections.
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Rethinking pensions

Old couple in park
A third of people approaching retirement do not know how much income they will receive from their private pensions, according to IFS research.
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A better life with dementia

Elderly
People with dementia can still make decisions in their everyday lives - and with support from partners continue to do so as their condition advances.
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Reforming the Portuguese VAT system

Euro coin
Recommendations by Professor Rita de la Feria led to reforms in Portugal's 2012 State Budget - and savings of 1.2 per cent GDP.
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Society Now - spring 2013

See our features on income and spending options for the UK, the Workplace Employee Relations Survey, EU membership debate, and the referendum on Scottish independence.

Features

Torture by any other name

Western states prefer to define torture legally rather than on ethical terms, to avoid moral and political responsibility, according to research.

Impact case studies