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  • 12-February-2016

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    OECD Reviews of Health Care Quality: United Kingdom 2016 - Raising Standards

    Health systems in the United Kingdom have, for many years, made the quality of care a highly visible priority, internationally pioneering many tools and policies to assure and improve the quality of care. A key challenge, however, is to understand why, despite being a global leader in quality monitoring and improvement, the United Kingdom does not consistently demonstrate strong performance on international benchmarks of quality. This report reviews the quality of health care in the England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, seeking to highlight best practices, and provides a series of targeted assessments and recommendations for further quality gains in health care. To secure continued quality gains, the four health systems will need to balance top-down approaches to quality management and bottom-up approaches to quality improvement; publish more quality and outcomes data disaggregated by country; and, establish a forum where the key officials and clinical leaders from the four health systems responsible for quality of care can meet on a regular basis to learn from each other’s innovations.

  • 10-February-2016

    English, PDF, 304kb

    Low Performing Students: United Kingdom

    In 2012, 22% of students in the United Kingdom were low performers in mathematics (OECD average: 23%), 17% were low performers in reading (OECD average: 18%), 15% were low performers in science (OECD average: 18%), and 11% were low performers in all three of these subjects (OECD average: 12%).

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  • 4-February-2016

    English

    United Kingdom - Financing Democracy: Funding of Political Parties and Election Campaigns and the Risk of Policy Capture

    This case study presents the UK legislation, the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act, which controls the funding of political parties and campaigns. It also presents some key election statistics collected by the UK Electoral Commission.

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  • 3-February-2016

    English

    Database on instruments used for environmental policy

    This database provides information on environmentally related taxes, fees and charges, tradable permit systems, deposit refund systems, environmentally motivated subsidies and voluntary approaches used in environmental policy in OECD member countries and a number of other countries. Developed in co-operation between the OECD and the European Environment Agency.

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  • 28-January-2016

    English, PDF, 2,371kb

    Building Skills for All - A Review of England

    There are an estimated 9 million working aged adults in England (more than a quarter of adults aged 16-65) with low literacy or numeracy skills or both. This reflects England’s overall performance in the Survey of Adult Skills - around average for literacy, but well below average for numeracy relative to other OECD countries in the Survey (OECD, 2013).

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  • 14-January-2016

    English, PDF, 183kb

    Co-operative Research Programme Brochure for 2016-2020

    Agricultural research fellowship award grants and international conferences sponsorships of the Co-operative Research Programme (CRP): Biological Resource Management for Sustainable Agricultural Systems; advice for applicants for funding.

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  • 11-January-2016

    English

    United Kingdom: Ambassador, Permanent Representative to the OECD

    Biographical note of the United Kingdom's Permanent Representative to the OECD

  • 15-December-2015

    English

    Improving Schools in Scotland: An OECD Perspective

    This report examines the ongoing development of education policy, practice and leadership in Scotland, by providing an independent review of the direction of the Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) and emerging impacts seen in quality and equity in Scottish schooling.

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  • 3-December-2015

    English, PDF, 106kb

    Revenue Statistics: Key findings for the United Kingdom

    The tax burden in the United Kingdom declined by 0.3 percentage points from 32.9% to 32.6% in 2014. The corresponding figures for the OECD average were an increase of 0.2 percentage points from 34.2% to 34.4%.

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  • 1-December-2015

    English, PDF, 954kb

    Pensions at a Glance 2015: Highlights for the United Kingdom

    This 4-page online document presents the key findings from OECD Pensions at a Glance 2015 and why it is important for the United Kingdom. It also identifies two key pension policy measures which would help improve the performance of pension systems in the United Kingdom

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