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In November 2016, the Prime Minister, Theresa May, highlighted how the UK is aiming to become the go-to place for innovators and investors, through a significant boost to research. At the Lord Mayor's Banquet, she laid out her plan for how Britain can lead in the transformed modern world.

“The government will be stepping up to a new, active role that backs business and ensures more people in all corners of the country share in the benefits of its success."

Prime Minister Theresa May, 21 November 2016

Lord Willetts, speaking at a Talk Big Data event at the University of Essex also in November 2016 highlighted how social researchers in the UK are still heavily reliant on the 1958 and 1970 cohort studies as there has been little useful data available in the last 30-50 years. Government researchers need access to other relevant data to effectively analyse and ultimately, help policy makers and society.

“Making intelligent research possible leads to a better understanding of society and may improve lives. One crucial cross-party challenge is around solving the social mobility debate. Recent voting outcomes both sides of the Atlantic have demonstrated the significant anxiety people have, that things are getting worse, and fears that children today will have less opportunities than they have.”  

Lord David Willetts, Executive, Resolution Foundation and former MP for Science and Universities, 28 November 2016

The Administrative Data Research Network securely enables highly specialised social and economic research that can help government departments now and in the future, with limited interference, and without the need for more resources. 

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Page last updated: 05/05/2017