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


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This is the ninth in the series of Touchstone Pamphlets designed to inform and stimulate debate on the most pressing issues facing British policymakers. The Red Tape Delusion takes a forensic look at the reality of the relationship between regulation and growth – showing how fairer treatment at work could ensure both rising prosperity and reduced inequality.

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This is the eleventh in the series of Touchstone Pamphlets designed to inform and stimulate debate on the most pressing issues facing British policymakers. This pamphlet addresses head-on how housing and work interact, challenging the notion that home-ownership is best and arguing that our distorted approach to different types of tenure traps many in vulnerable work and unemployment.

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