Touchstone Pamphlets

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Touchstone pampletA series of research reports designed to provoke debate, develop new ideas and influence longer-term policy thinking in government, parliament and amongst unions. They are not statements of TUC policy but instead are designed to inform and stimulate debate on the most pressing issues facing British policymakers.

Touchstone Pamphlets

#14. Young against old?

#13. How to Boost the Wage Share

#12. Making a Contribution - Social security for the future

#11. Can Housing Work for Workers?

#10. Britain's Livelihood Crisis

#9. The Red Tape Delusion: Why deregulation won’t solve the jobs crisis

#8. The Road to Recovery: How effective unions can help rebuild the economy

#7. Speaking up for Public Services: The vital role of the Public Sector in and beyond the recession

#6. Life in the Middle: The Untold Story of Britain's Average Earners

#5. Unlocking Green Enterprise: A Low-Carbon Strategy for the UK Economy

#4. Do the Super-Rich Matter?

#3. A Green and Fair Future: For a Just Transition to a Low Carbon Economy

#2. Rethinking Public Service Reform - The ‘Public Value' Alternative

#1. The Missing Billions: The UK Tax Gap

Touchstone Extras

Touchstone Extras #18. Welfare States: How generous are British benefits compared with other rich nations?

Touchstone Extras #17. Pay and Parenthood 

Touchstone Extras #16. Making the Case for Public Spending​

Touchstone Extras #15. Tracking the Labour Market Recovery

Touchstone Extras #14. Money to Burn? Driving energy efficiency in the commercial sector

Touchstone Extras #13. Equitable Full Employment: A Jobs Recovery For All

Touchstone Extras #12. Dismantling the Barriers to Social Mobility

Touchstone Extras #11. The Gender Jobs Split

Touchstone Extras #10. Job Creation: Lessons from Abroad

Touchstone Extras #9. Third Time Lucky: Building a progressive pensions consensus

Touchstone Extras #8. Where Have All the Wages Gone? Lost pay and profits outside financial services

Touchstone Extras #7. Generation Lost: Youth unemployment and the youth labour market

Touchstone Extras #6. All in this Together?

Touchstone Extras #5. Fairness and Prosperity

Touchstone Extras #4. In Sickness and in Health?: Good work - and how to achieve it

Touchstone Extras #3. Getting it in Proportion: Trade unions and electoral reform (updated 2016)

Touchstone Extras #2. Stemming the Flood? - Assessing the UK Government's policy on tax avoidance since Budget 2008

Touchstone Extras #1. Unfair to Middling: How middle income Britain's shrinking wages fuelled the crash and threaten recovery


Download Pay and Parenthood [PDF] An analysis of wage inequality between mums and dads There has been great progress in gender equality over the last few decades; access to education, labour market participation and attitudes towards gender roles have all moved in a direction of greater equality. But inequalities remain,...
25 April 2016
Download Making the Case for Public Spending [PDF] Since 2010 the UK has experienced a period of austerity unlike any in living memory. It has involved a massive fiscal consolidation borne almost entirely by cuts to spending on public services and working age social security. On current plans the squeeze...
06 April 2016
Download Welfare States (PDF) How generous is the UK social security system for people of working age compared to those of other wealthy nations? The question is complicated, partly because social security systems typically serve a range of different purposes. They provide protection for workers against risks to income from...
11 January 2016
Download Tracking the Labour Market Recovery [PDF] "Tracking the Labour Market Recovery" is a new report in the Touchstone Extra series, looking at how the UK labour market has changed since the 2008 global financial crisis. Some changes, such as the increase in part-time employment and the fall in productivity...
06 October 2015
Download " Young against old ?" (PDF) While there is no doubt that young people have seen significant falls in living standards, this pamphlet challenges the myth that these are the result of older people hoarding all the wealth. Drawing on new analysis, the pamphlet argues that young people’s deteriorating...
24 August 2015
Touchstone Extras #14 | Download Money to Burn? Driving energy efficiency in the commercial sector [PDF] Although there are many examples of businesses seriously improving their building’s ‘footprint’, this often happens despite, rather than because of, help from good government schemes. This Touchstone Extra sets out the need to improve...
13 February 2015
Touchstone Extras #13 | Download Equitable Full Employment: A Jobs Recovery For All [PDF] The TUC Touchstone pamphlet Equitable Full Employment: A Jobs Recovery For All shows that the recent rise in employment is being driven by fewer people leaving their jobs, rather than more people finding new work. The...
24 June 2014
In this paper, we ask if social mobility is going into reverse. What are the connections between social mobility and inequality? And what policies might help a recovery of social mobility? These answers are important, because stalled social mobility is at the heart of the modern battle of ideas.
13 May 2014