Publications in: Public Policy

The Costs and Benefits of International Higher Education Students to the UK Economy – September 2021

Published: 09 September, 2021

With 496,000 international students studying for qualifications at higher education institutions across the United Kingdom – equivalent to 20% of all HE students – international students contribute significantly to the economic and social prosperity of the United Kingdom, both in the short term during their studies as well as in the medium to longer term […]

The Costs and Benefits of Introducing the Autism Code of Practice – July 2021

Published: 16 July, 2021

The Welsh Government commissioned LE Wales to assess the costs and benefits of introducing a Statutory Code of Practice on the Delivery of Autism Services compared with the current situation (“business as usual”) and with the introduction of primary legislation. The research was undertaken between December 2020 and March 2021.

The Economic Cost of Providing Potential Refunds to Students During the Covid 19 Pandemic – June 2021

Published: 1 June, 2021

London Economics were commissioned by the LSE and University of Sheffield Students’ Unions to undertake a piece of analysis on higher education fees and funding. Underpinned by the significant financial constraints facing higher education institutions as a result of the pandemic, we were tasked with analysing a range of alternative approaches to provide domestic students […]

The Cost of Amending Repayment Thresholds Alongside Changes in Interest Rate and Loan Repayment Period – June 2021

Published: 10 June, 2021

London Economics were commissioned by the Higher Education Policy Institute to undertake some modelling of higher education fees and funding arrangements. Based on the current system of repayments facing the 2020-21 cohort of undergraduates, we were asked to model the resource impact on the Exchequer of the removal of real interest rates, the possible extension […]

Use of Additional Funding for Social Care – March 2021

Published: 31 March, 2021

The Welsh Government commissioned LE Wales to assess the potential impacts of a number of policy options for the use of additional funding raised from a potential levy or alternative. The proposed options assessed by LE Wales include three options for offsetting the charges for residential and non-residential adult social care services that are paid […]

Short to Medium Term Operational and Cost Pressures Affecting Social Care in Wales – March 2021

Published: 31 March, 2021

This report presents projections of net current expenditure by local authorities on social care services in Wales for the period 2018/19 to 2022/23. The projections cover social care services for different age groups (children, working age adults and older people) and consider net expenditure (i.e. excluding income from clients and other sources) for a number […]

Modelling Demand and Costs for Palliative Care Services in England – March 2021

Published: 8 March, 2021

The palliative care sector is facing rising demand for its services and there are growing concerns about the financial sustainability of the independent charitable sector. Financial pressure on the hospice sector was already increasing at the beginning of 2020, but the COVID-19 outbreak brought almost all fundraising activities to a halt, with a substantial loss […]

Assessing the Impact of a Flat and Variable Deposit Fee for a UK Deposit Return Scheme – January 2021

Published: 27 January, 2021

London Economics was commissioned by Alupro to undertake an evaluation of a flat versus variable rate Deposit Return Scheme. The study informs the ongoing discussions regarding the design of a Deposit Return Scheme in the UK. The full report and summary report are available on the Alupro website here.

The Cost of Lies: Assessing the Human and Financial Impact of COVID-19 Related Online Misinformation on the UK – January 2021

Published: 28 January, 2021

This study looks at the impact of online disinformation about face mask wearing, COVID and the impact on the NHS and UK economy. The work was commissioned by the SumofUs.

The Value of VAT Reliefs for the Charity Sector – December 2020

Published: 4 December, 2020

London Economics was commissioned by the Charity Tax Group (CTG) to undertake research to quantify the value of existing VAT (value added tax) reliefs to charities in the UK and to model the potential impact of any changes to these reliefs. The key findings show that VAT continues to place a significant burden on UK […]