Spotlight is the New Statesman’s series of highly focused policy reports, asking parliamentarians, academics, business leaders and experts to shed light on specific areas. Recent contributors include Sadiq Khan, Andy Burnham and George Osborne.

Information has always been equated with power, but never before has it been so easy to disseminate, to misdirect, and to steal information on a global scale. Cyber security is now one of the fastest-moving areas of policy, affecting everything from our national infrastructure to the US Presidential election.
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The area between Liverpool, Sheffield and Newcastle forms a triangle with a population and an economic potential roughly equivalent to the Netherlands. With the right investment and infrastructure, the cities of a revitalised north could rebalance our economy.
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The gap between the UK’s productivity and the other G7 economies is now at its widest since records began; the GDP per hour of German workers is 36 percentage points ahead. While employment continues to rise, the quality of work is a more significant – and more urgent – question.
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Home ownership in the UK is now at its lowest for 30 years. The median house price in London is 12 times the median income. With some estimates putting the number of new homes needed at 300,000 per year, there has never been a greater need for new ideas and intelligent housing policy.
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In the New Statesman you’ll find expert weekly analysis of the UK and global economy; Spotlight goes into more detail on the risks and opportunities for your money.
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The NHS is a great source of national pride, but it is also approaching at potentially perilous tipping point as a result of huge cuts to social welfare, growing demographic pressures, skills shortages and mismanagement. For a country in which a tiny minority are privately insured for health, the end of universal free may soon become the defining political issue.
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