Publications

Star Wars and Space Clubs

Client: N/A
Published: April, 2021

In 1999, Thomas Bell, writing for the US Center for Strategy and Technology suggested that it was “inevitable that mankind will weaponize space and equally likely that this will take place in the next thirty years”. Space is increasingly openly considered as a military domain alongside land, sea, air, and cyber, where national security and […]

Use of Additional Funding for Social Care – March 2021

Client: Welsh Government
Published: 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

Client: Welsh Government
Published: 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

Client: Sue Ryder
Published: 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 […]

Estimating the Potential Impact of Policy Changes on International Student Demand for UK Higher Education

Client: Department for Education
Published: February, 2021

London Economics were commissioned by the Department for Education to undertake an analysis of: The price elasticity of international student enrolments with respect to changes in the level of tuition fees charged – separately at undergraduate and postgraduate level, and for EU and non-EU domiciled students. The potential impact on first-year EU student enrolments and […]

LE Tech Insight – Starpower: Is Nuclear Fusion Still 30- Years Away?

Client: N/A
Published: January, 2021

Process of fusion Source: London Economics (2020), based on FusionForEnergy (2019) https://f4e.europa.eu/understandingfusion/ Last month, the search began for a site for the construction of a new nuclear fusion plant in the UK – after an additional £200 million was pledged by the government to fund the next breakthrough in fusion research.[i] The UK is currently […]

The Net Exchequer Impact of Increasing Pay for Agenda for Change Staff

Client: NHS Trade Unions
Published: January, 2021

Corresponding to approximately 4% of employees in England, there are currently just over 1 million nurses, midwives, allied health professionals, and NHS support staff covered by the Agenda for Change (AfC) Pay framework in England. Since 2010-11, pay levels at every single AfC spine point have lagged behind inflation, resulting in a significant decline in […]

LE Tech Insight – Adopt or Perish: AI, the Magic Bullet?

Client: N/A
Published: January, 2021

What is artificial intelligence? Artificial intelligence (AI) is a branch of computer science that is concerned with building ‘smart’ or ‘intelligent’ machines. AI is a vast field encompassing a wide range of different subfields, including: machine learning, concerned with developing algorithms that learn from data, natural language processing, concerned with reading and understanding text; speech […]