Our Work

Below is a small selection of the work that we’ve carried out. Click on a topic to see relevant projects.

Growing pains – how local authorities can prepare for population growth

Many local authorities face pressures on their educational, housing and social care provision on a day-to-day basis. Government population projections are meant to help planners, but are they exacerbating the issues they face? How can local authorities prepare for population gro...

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Economic impacts of immigration detention reform

In this research for Liberty, we assessed the potential costs and savings of introducing a 28-day time limit on immigration detention. We concluded that there was scope for net savings of £25‑35m or more each year. Economic Impacts of Immigration Detention Reform The ...

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Shutting the door on low-skilled migration into the UK could be a risky move

How will the UK’s post-Brexit immigration system impact on the UK economy?  In particular, how might restrictions on low-skilled migration from the EU to the UK impact on wages, vacancy rates, prices and competitiveness? Chris Woolliscroft, Project Manager in our Society Team...

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Ending Freedom of Movement – the wrong answer to the wrong question

The entire premise for reducing immigration is flawed ... ending freedom of movement is a disingenuous way to meet the net immigration thresholds set out in the Conservative Party manifesto. So says our Managing Director, Phil Summerton. The populist arguments against immigrat...

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Economic forecasting support to the East of England

We provide the East of England LGA with forecasting support.

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North Essex garden communities employment & demographic studies

Cambridge Econometrics, in collaboration with SQW, was commissioned to undertake a demographic and employment study of the three new proposed garden communities in North Essex. North Essex Garden Cities report A demographic model was established for each of the Garden Commu...

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Review of demographic assumptions for Ashford strategic housing market assessment

Cambridge Econometrics was commissioned by Ashford Borough Council (Kent) to test the robustness of the methodology used by another consultancy in their Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA). The SHMA converted population and household projection data into a proposed hous...

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