Market Research RSS Feeds Research RSS FeedsSun, 23 Feb 2020 12:43:31 GMT lobal Poll Sees UK Rated Second Most Influential Nation After Germany This year's popularity poll by the BBC, where nearly 29,000 individuals were asked to rate the global influence of 16 major nations and the European Union, saw the UK take second place for the first time, and Germany voted top. The annual BBC World Service Country Rating Poll showed the countries who have the most positive views of the UK are the US (80%), Australia (79%) and Canada (69%). In total, positive views of the UK have risen from 53% in 2010 to 58% in 2011. Canada came third in the survey in terms of positive influence, followed by Japan, France, Brazil, the US, China, South Africa and India. Those surveyed gave the most negative rating to Iran at 59%, then North Korea at 55% and Pakistan at third last with 56%. A spokesperson for Globescan, the research company who carried out the poll, commented: 'We (the UK) are high profile as a successful, democratic, stable, developed country with relatively little baggage... In terms of lifestyle and its high-quality products, Germany has a successful image and doesn't have the baggage that countries like the US and China have, which can be seen as culturally controversial.' Poll Shows Public Support for UK Voting Reform on the Decline Public support is moving away from the suggested historic reform to the voting system, according to a Populus Poll for The Times newspaper released today. The results of the survey show a decrease in support for the alternative vote (AV) as a replacement for the first-past-the post system. Poll Finds Majority of Britons Support Leaving the EU An independent YouGov poll has provided the biggest indication yet that the majority of Britons, at 52%, would vote in a referendum for the UK to leave the EU. Survey Finds Increase in Public Support for CCTV Following August Riots A recent survey commissioned by the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has demonstrated a positive shift in the public's perception of CCTV following the August riots. Survey Indicates Government Plans to Raise UK Flight Taxes are Counterproductive As part of their campaign called 'A Fair Tax on Flying', ABTA has conducted a survey which shows that the majority of the public (69%) are dissatisfied with the exorbitant aviation taxes they have to pay when flying from the UK. Market Research Shows Anti-Social Behaviour Costing Britain Billions According to a study by RSA, the UK's largest insurer, yob culture is costing the country an alarming fortune ' last year alone, anti-social behaviour resulted in business losses of £9.8bn. Data Processing & Analysis Survey Shows Gaps in Government Communication A survey called 'Communicating with the Citizen' by YouGov and business analytics software provider SAS has found that the Government is missing out on valuable public feedback. Government Survey Helps to Tackle Bogus Student Visa Problem According to the latest government survey by the Home Office, a third of visas that have been given to overseas students should never have been issued as they "lack credibility". Survey Sees Drop in UK Crime Rates National market research has shown that despite the weak economy and less police officers on the streets of Britain, crime is at its lowest recorded level since 1986. Poll Finds Most Britons Opposed to Increased Government Snooping Government Survey Finds Majority of Britons Confused about Pensions Global Poll Measures Best and Worst Places for Quality of Living International Survey Measures Least and Most Corrupt Countries in the World Poll Finds Britons Want Wider Internet Coverage not Faster Broadband Speeds Poll Finds UK Drivers Baffled by Redundant Road Signs Opinion Poll Finds Small Businesses Unimpressed by UK Political Parties Research In To Apprenticeships Suggests Solution to Future Skills Shortages Following concerns over skills shortages forecast for the UK in coming 10-20 years, research carried out by learndirect and the Cranfield School of Management implies that apprenticeships are essential to help build a sustainable workforce and get more people into employment. The report, 'Nurturing Talent: Building the Workforce of the Future' indicates that 70% of UK firms surveyed have not taken measures to remedy the potential skills shortages in the labour market. However, encouragingly, the report highlighted that 21% of firms surveyed do employ apprentices - 32% of which say that the apprenticeship training schemes were effective in addressing shortages of technical skills. In addition, 7% of business leaders from companies employing apprentices, found it an easy task to find suitable young people for the roles. The report, to some extent, highlighted young people's lack of basic skills. Of the business leaders surveyed: New Market Research Reveals Fastest UK Service Sector Growth for Two Years Activity in the UK's service industry, which amounts for three quarters (75%) of the economy, has soared by the greatest amount for more than two years. Data from Markit and the Charted Institute of Purchasing and Supply recorded growth in the Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) of 54.9 to 56.9 between May and June of 2013. Any figure above the 50 mark indicates growth. Market Research Discovers Londoners' Trust in the Metropolitan Police Damaged A BBC London survey shows that two in five Londoners are less likely to trust the Metropolitan Police (The Met) following claims that undercover officers spied on the family of Stephen Lawrence ' who was murdered in a racist attack in 1993. In the ComRes telephone poll of 1,000 Londoners, a quarter believed The Met to be institutionally racist, including over a third (38%) of black and minority ethnic respondents. Survey Finds UK Firms Positive about Economy but Sceptical about Government Central Government Market Research has discovered that according to many leaders of FTSE 100 firms, the UK's political class is cumbersome and is hindering progress when it comes to the nation's businesses. Market Research Poll: MPs Right to Reject Syria Military Action In a recent market research study by ICM Research, almost three quarters (71%) of people believe MPs were right to reject UK military action in Syria. The poll also suggested that, among respondents, seven tenths (72%) did not think the move would damage the UK-US relationship ' and two thirds (67%) said they would not care if it did. European Commission Failing on Anti-Semitism A survey of discrimination and hate crimes against Jewish people in Europe, released to mark the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht, suggests that anti-semitism is on the rise, with three-quarters of those polled reporting an increase over the last five years. One in Five Dads Lose Contact With Children When Families Break Up, Says Survey According to new research it's been estimated that of Britain's 130,000 absent dads, one in five fathers lose contact with children from earlier relationships with more than one in five who live with second families never meeting the children born during earlier relationships. The research reveals that in total 129,000 fathers don't have any contact with their children and 300,000 do not pay any money to support them. Survey Finds 85 Percent of US Writers Concerned About Government Surveillance The majority (85%) of US writers are worried about government surveillance of Americans, with three-quarters (73%) citing that they have never been as worried about privacy rights and freedom of the press as they are today, according to a survey from the PEN American Center and the FDR Group. Government Survey Warns UK Companies Not To Underestimate Cyber Threats A new survey by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has revealed that a mere 14% of FTSE 350 firms are regularly considering cyber threats in their decision making. According to the findings, only a quarter (25%) of leading UK public companies consider cyber threats a top risk area, with only a fifth (17%) having set out clear guidelines to what they consider to be an acceptable level of risk. Just over half (56%) have cyber-attacks on their 'risk register'. Gay Weddings Survey: A Fifth Of Britons Would Not Attend Same-Sex Marriage New legislation allowing same-sex couples to marry comes into force this weekend, but research from BBC Radio 5 Live suggests that one in five Britons would not attend a gay wedding. Market Research Finds Drop in Violent Crime Research conducted by the Violence and Society Research Group at Cardiff University, shows that there were just fewer than 235,000 people who required hospital treatment after a violent incident in 2013, almost 33,000 fewer than in the previous twelve months. The total included an eighteen per cent drop in violence among youths. Survey Shows Female NHS Employees Feel Less Valued and Involved Than Males A new report, published by Hillcroft House UK Ltd, shows that female NHS employees, in England, feel less valued and included at work than males. Survey Shows UK Divided on Government’s Role with the Internet A survey conducted by KPMG and Censuswide has found that UK citizens are divided when it comes to the government's role in relation to the Internet. Majority of Hong Kong People Not Proud To Be Chinese Citizens, Study Shows A study with more than 1,000 Hong Kong residents has shown that just one third (33%) of its respondents are proud to be a national citizen of China, with more than six in 10 (62%) stating they are not proud. Survey Shows Crime Reduction in England and Wales The CSEW figures, published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), estimated there were 7.5 million crimes against households and adults in the year ending in December 2013 ' down 15% compared with the previous year's survey and the lowest estimate since 1981. Market Research Sends Mix Messages About Scottish Independence With fewer than four weeks to go until the referendum on Scottish independence takes place on 18th September, numerous opinion surveys are sending mixed messages about the likely outcome of the vote. Whilst polls have repeatedly found the pro-Union argument to be leading, the extent of that lead has varied wildly. Voters Express Difficulty in Finding Referendum Information, Survey Shows With the Scottish referendum around the corner, an Ipsos MORI poll has revealed that many voters have expressed difficulty when it comes to accessing the information they require to make an informed decision about which way to vote. The survey, which questioned 1,006 respondents aged 16+, discovered that just one fifth (20%) of its participants found it easy to unearth trustworthy information - around one sixth (16%) said 'fairly easy' and 4% said 'very easy.' In contrast, the majority (61%) said they found it hard to find trustworthy data - almost one third (32%) said 'fairly difficult' and around three in 10 (29%) said 'very difficult.' Similarly, less than one fifth (19%) said they found it easy to get their hands on impartial information to help decide on how to vote in the referendum - 3% said 'very easy' and 16% said 'fairly easy.' Almost two thirds (64%) stated it was either 'fairly difficult' (34%) or 'very difficult' (30%) to find unbiased information. Furthermore, two fifths (40%) expressed ease in finding helpful documents - one third (32%) said 'fairly easy' and just less than one in 10 (8%) said 'very easy.' Slightly more (44%), however, said they found it either 'fairly difficult' (28%) or 'very difficult' (16%) to locate useful guidance. And, finally, less than three in 10 ( 28%) of the survey's respondents said they found discovering factual information easy - just shy of one quarter (23%) said 'fairly easy' and one in 20 (5%) said 'very easy.' In contrast, almost three fifths (56%) conveyed difficulty when it came to unearthing factual documents on the referendum - one third (33%) said they found it 'fairly difficult' and around one quarter (23%) said 'very difficult.' Identity Should Remain Anonymous in Sexual Abuse Trials Unless Guilty, Brits Say According to a recent survey, the majority of Britons believe people who are accused of sexual abuse crimes should only have their identity revealed if they are found to be guilty. Of the 1,704 British adults questioned, six in 10 (61%) agreed with the above statement - age and gender appeared to have little effect on people's views. Around one quarter (26%) said people who are accused of sexual abuse crimes should have their identity revealed only if they are charged - 18 to 24-year-olds (18%) were least likely to agree with this, and 60+ year-olds (31%) were most likely to concur. Furthermore, less than one in 10 (7%) thought people who are accused of sexual abuse crimes should have their identity revealed once they are accused - UKIP voters (10%) and 60+ year-olds (11%) were most likely to hold this view. One in 20 (5%) responded by saying they 'don't know,' and 1% said people who are accused of sexual abuse crimes should never have their identity revealed - Liberal Democrat voters (3%) and Scottish residents (3%) were slightly more inclined to agree with this statement. When questioned about the BBC's recent coverage of police officers searching Cliff Richard's home following sexual abuse allegations made against him, more than seven in 10 (72%) of the survey's respondents said they were wrong to broadcast this coverage. Around one sixth (15%) said the BBC were right to air the coverage and 13% said they did not know. The research in this insight was conducted by YouGov. Majority of Brits Support Labour’s New Policies, Poll Shows A recently conducted survey has uncovered the public's opinion on several of the Labour party's new policies. Of the 2,141 British adults questioned, the majority (54%) said they would support the Labour party's initiative to freeze the level of child benefit until 2017 - one third (33%) said they 'tend to support' and one fifth (21%) said they 'strongly support.' In contrast, one third said they either 'tend to oppose' (21%) or 'strongly oppose' (12%). When asked about the Labour Party's policy idea to means-test the winter fuel payment for pensioners so it no longer goes to the richest 5% of pensioners, three quarters (75%) of the survey's respondents said they were in favour of this, compared to less than one fifth (18%) who were against it. Furthermore, around seven in 10 (72%) said they backed Labour's plans to introduce a new tax on properties worth over £2million - more than two fifths (42%) 'strongly supported' this, and three in 10 (30%) said they 'tend to support' it. At the other end of the spectrum, just under one fifth (18%) said they disapproved of this proposed policy - just over one in 10 (11%) stated they 'tend to oppose' and 7% 'strongly opposed.' And, finally, when questioned about the Labour Party's strategy to increase the top rates of income tax to 50p for income over £150,000, almost two thirds (65%) said they supported the proposed action - almost two fifths (38%) said they 'strongly support' the plan, and more than one quarter (27%) said they 'tend to support it.' Conversely, just under one quarter (23%) said they opposed the idea - around one sixth (15%) said they 'tend to oppose' and less than one in 10 (8%) 'strongly opposed.' This research in this insight was conducted by YouGov. Study Reveals Strains Among Scottish Police and Chief Superintendents A survey conducted last month, by the Association of Scottish Police Superintendents, discovered that one in 10 (11%) Scottish police superintendents and chief superintendents feel bullied in the workplace. The study's latest figure is an increase on the previous year's findings. Majority of Brits Want a Better-Balanced Economy, Research Shows Ahead of the general election campaigns, new figures have revealed voters are desperate for a rebalanced economy as well as a resurgence of British industry to be in the limelight. Survey suggests that 17,500 men in Northern Ireland pay for sex each year A study conducted by Queen's University, Belfast, has shown that approximately 17,500 men are paying for sex each year. Research shows that just 13 per cent think Ed Miliband is capable of being Prime Minister It has been abad week for Ed Miliband, as results of a new survey show only 13 per centbelieve he could be prime minister. Labour takes the lead in national opinion polls after Rochester by-election Lord Ashcroftclaims that Labour is 5 points ahead of The Conservatives in national electionpolls. This comes on the heels of the Rochester and Strood by-elections. Nearly three in five people in London don’t want Scotland to influence English decisions A new poll by YouGov has found that nearly three in five (58%) people in London want Scottish MPs to be exempt from English decision-making. Just 10 per cent believe that MPs want the best for the UK A recent study has found that just 10 per cent of people believe that politicians in the UK genuinely want to 'do their best for the country'. Housing should be the main priority for the next government, Newsbeat finds A recent survey ' commissioned by Newsbeat ' has gained an insight into what young people would like the next government to prioritise. Labour supporters most likely to reject their child for being gay, survey finds According to a survey - which examined attitudes towards LGBT individuals - a correlation has been found between which political party one votes for and their opinions towards LGBT people. Survey finds what voters think of UK politics A recent survey has found that some 80 per cent of UK voters are unhappy with UK democracy, as it stands. London UKIP voters least proud to admit support for the party, survey reveals A YouGov poll of 1,032 London adults has found that of the political parties, UKIP is party they are least proud to admit voting for. With just two days to go, Labour and Conservatives are in a deadlock The daily YouGov poll has found that the Conservative party and Labour are in a deadlock, with just two days to go until the general election. SMEs not as confident under the new Conservative government, survey finds According to a recent survey by Liberis, SMEs in the North West of England have indicated that they are not as confident about the future as they were before the new Conservative majority government. One third of Scots want to leave the EU, survey finds Research on behalf of think tank, British Future, has revealed that one third of Scottish people expect to vote against staying in the EU, in the upcoming referendum. Two thirds believe Corbyn won’t lead Labour to victory in 2020 election, survey finds According to the findings of a recent survey on behalf of The Independent, two thirds of people do not think that Jeremy Corbyn will lead the Labour party to victory in the 2020 general election. Voters believe Boris Johnson will replace David Cameron as Conservative leader, survey finds According to the findings of a recent survey, Boris Johnson is the favourite to replace David Cameron as the next Conservative party leader. Half of Brits think Cabinet should be able to lobby for or against Brexit A recent survey by Huffington Post UK has revealed that 55 per cent of British people feel that Cabinet ministers should be able to campaign for or against the Brexit, as they wish, whilst just 25 per cent said that the Cabinet had a responsibility to stick to the Government's line. 52 per cent of Scots plan to vote SNP in 2016, survey finds A recent survey has revealed that 52 per cent of Scottish people plan to vote for the Scottish National Party in the constituency section of the 2016 Scottish Parliament election, with Labour trailing behind, struggling to gain support. Survey finds 52 per cent of Brits want to see a Brexit following the Paris attacks A research survey, which was conducted on behalf of The Independent has revealed that more than half (52 per cent) of people are in favour of leaving the European Union in the wake of the Paris attacks. Survey finds digital skills gap present in UK Government The National Audit Office has revealed in a recent research report that there is a digital skills gap present within the UK Government, in Government departments and arm's length bodies. Government internet surveillance now supported by over 60% of Brits Around 63% of Brits are beginning to embrace the idea of internet surveillance carried out by the government; however fear of how personal details will be stored is still at the forefront of people's minds. Survey finds more than half of Scots would support independence after Brexit According to a recent survey, Scotland would vote for independence if Britain was to exit the European Union against the wishes of the majority of Scottish people. Survey reveals small businesses were disappointed with 2015’s budget According to a recent survey by business finance firm, MarketInvoice, the measures adopted as a result of the budget of 2015 had an insignificant effect on small businesses. Survey finds 2 in 3 banks fear the Brexit According to a recent survey of the leading industry lobby group, The British Bankers Association, most of the banks in Britain believe that they would be left worse off if the United Kingdom was to leave the European Union. Survey finds the public believe there’s no place in politics for religion A recent survey by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association has revealed that the public largely support the segregation of politics and religion. However, the survey revealed that most religious people are open to taking onboard non-religious ideas, whereas the majority of Muslims are not. Survey finds 59 per cent favour Scottish independence following Brexit A recent central government survey has revealed that approximately 59 per cent of Scottish people said that they would vote to leave Britain in a second independence referendum. Poll uncovers Donald Trump has lost supporters since his convention Poll uncovers Donald Trump has lost supporters since his convention: A recent poll of Americans has revealed that Donald Trump has lost supporters in the wake of the Republican National Convention. UN survey discovers E-government is an effective tool UN survey discovers E-government is an effective tool: According to the findings of a recent government survey by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, e-government is a powerful tool for facilitating integrated policies and public services, by promoting accountable and honest institutions. It was suggested that e-government could potentially assist the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Public do not believe the Government can secure personal data, survey finds Public do not believe the Government can secure personal data, survey finds: According to a recent survey by YouGov and the data-security firm, Covata, 57 per cent of the respondents admitted that they do not trust Government departments to share their personal data with other Government departments. This revelation came after the respondents were asked whether they believed that it would be more effective to communicate with the Government and utilise it services if its departments communicated personal data and information with one another. Survey finds young people do not understand Article 50 Survey finds young people do not understand Article 50: A recent survey has revealed that more than 25 per cent of young adults in the United Kingdom have little or no understanding of Brexit and the impact it will have on the country. Poll reveals half of Brits believe Government has done a ‘bad job’ of Brexit Poll reveals half of Brits believe Government has done a 'bad job' of Brexit: According to a recent Government poll, 48 per cent of the British public already believe that the UK Government has mishandled Britain's departure from the European Union. On the other hand, a further 37 per cent said that the Government has done a 'good job' and the remaining 15 per cent did not know. Obama will leave the White House at the peak of his popularity, survey finds Obama will leave the White House at the peak of his popularity, survey finds: According to a recent poll, President Barack Obama will exit from his position as the President of the United States at the peak of his popularity, with many of the survey participants preferring him to President-elect Donald Trump. Survey finds women MPs are treated badly by the public Survey finds women MPs are treated badly by the public: A recent central government survey by BBC Radio 5 Live has revealed that the vast majority of female Members of Parliament have experienced verbal and online abuse at the hands of the public and a further one in three have consequently considered resigning. Recent reports reveal MPs may have an extra-long holiday Around three quarters of UK adults support the ban of unpaid internships Majority of UK adults think the Government is focussing too much on Brexit Majority of UK adults think the Government is focussing too much on Brexit: In a poll taken by 1,509 adults shortly before the NHS winter crisis, three fifths (60%) of those surveyed believed that the ministers of Brexit have ignored 'important domestic issues.' More than half of female MPs polled have faced discrimination EU students less interested in UK study since Brexit, survey reveals EU students less interested in UK study since Brexit: Thirty-nine per cent of EU students are less interested in coming to the UK to study because of Brexit, a major survey of international students has found. The International Student Survey, by QS Enrolment Solutions, polled 67,172 prospective students from 191 countries ' with 28,000 thousand of them having considered studying in the UK. The findings revealed students from Italy, The Netherlands, Lithuania, Ireland and Spain had significant doubts over UK study because of the split with the EU. Their main reasoning being that Brexit has made it a 'less financially viable option'. Another thing turning students off the idea off higher education in the UK is confusion over fees. Almost a third (32%) of EU students polled were unaware the fees they will pay if they start in 2018-19 will be the same as UK students for the full length of their course, the survey revealed. Non-EU Students When it comes to students from outside the EU, only one in ten have been discouraged from considering UK universities because of Brexit. In fact, the drop in the pound's value has made studying in the UK appear a more attractive proposition for many students from countries including Pakistan (24%), Sudan (22%) and Ethiopia (20%) China (18%) and Hong Kong (19%). Being made to feel welcome One of the most important factors when choosing where to study according to students polled (69%) is how welcoming a destination is. Many prospective students (82%) said campaigns such as #WeAreInternational and #LondonisOpen have made them feel positive about coming to the UK to studey and have been effective in going against negative Brexit notions. . Patrick Whitfield, Director of UK & Europe at QS Enrolment Solutions, commented: 'Now is the time for the UK government to work with universities and sector stakeholders to champion the UK as a study destination for international students. 'With the current uncertainty in the sector as the UK prepares to exit the EU, any future proposals which help to make the UK a more attractive place to study from a financial perspective should be more widely publicised." Drugs delivered faster than pizza, Global Drugs survey reveals Drugs delivered faster than pizza, Global Drugs survey reveals: An international survey into recreational drug use has found cocaine is delivered more quickly than a pizza in England and Scotland. The survey polled 130,000 respondents, from 44 countries around the globe to learn more about drug use and the impact of drugs on health. It found drug users in Scotland used more cocaine in a single session than anywhere else in the world, with England not far behind. The poll also shed light on the length of time it takes to gets drugs delivered around the world with 36.8% of the 1,000 users surveyed in England saying they could get their order within 30 minutes. In Scotland, 37,4% of the 500 users polled could get cocaine delivered in half an hour, which places the countries in fifth and six positions in the world rankings. Globally, the figure stands at 30.3% - based on the 15,000 users polled, revealing a similar trend around the world. Faster than pizza delivery The survey revealed just 12.2% of people surveyed in England could get a takeaway pizza delivered to their door in 30 minutes. In Scotland, that figure was 19.8%, while globally, only 16.5% of cocaine users said a pizza would arrive within half an hour. Professor Alex Stevens, a criminologist at the University of Kent said the survey reveals the extent of the problem in England and Scotland. He told Kent Online:"This report shows again that the Government's ambition to create a 'society free of drugs' is completely unrealistic.' "It's time the Government followed the advice of countless expert groups and select committees and carried out a fundamental review of our drug laws," he added. Survey reveals impact of cost savings in UK schools Survey reveals impact of cost savings in UK schools: A recent survey by the Association of School and College Leaders has shed light on the extent of cost savings in UK schools. In the poll of 238 school business leaders, almost all questioned (99%) said their school had made cost savings over the last 12 months with 46 per cent saying these were up to £100,000. Others reported they have had to make larger cost savings, with 22 per cent saying the figure was upward of £150,000 and 9 per cent saying it amounted to more than £300,000. The effects of cost savings in UK schools Cost savings in the last twelve months have had a dramatic impact on school services and staff numbers, according to the survey. The largest area affected being support staff, with 77 per cent of respondents saying their school has had to make cuts. Forty-one per cent said they have also had to cut back on senior-level teaching staff, with 43 per cent believing they will have to do the same next year. Last year, 64 per cent of leaders said there was reduced spending on maintenance of the school, while 69 per cent said they had tried to save money by renegotiating service contracts. One in five respondents (20%) also revealed their school has had to turn to parents to ask for contributions for mainstream activities, something that a quarter (24%) are expecting to do in the coming year. When asked what impact the cost savings have had on their school over the past 12 months, 59 per cent said it had increased teacher workload, with just slightly less saying it had reduced individual support for children (56%) and reduced curriculum options (51%). Over the next twelve months, 58 per cent of leaders expect the teacher workload will again increase because of cost saving, with 65 per cent saying they expect there will be reduced support for pupils - an increase on lasy year. Fifty-four per cent believe there will be reduced curriculum opportunities in the next academic year ' which again is up on current figures. Just over half of respondents polled said that over the past 12 months classroom sizes had increased (52%), while 46 per cent said there were fewer enrichment activities available. Counselling and mental health services have also been impacted with 23 per cent saying they have had to make cost savings. These are areas that 31 per cent of leaders believe will face cuts over the next 12 months. In-year deficits Of all those surveyed, just under half said that their school is running with an in-year deficit on the current financial year (49.58%) with the same number saying they currently have no free reserves. Looking to next year, almost 60% said they believe they will be in deficit. Describing the survey findings as 'stark', Geoff Barton, the general secretary of ASCL, said the work of schools will be 'increasingly eroded' unless the government takes 'urgent action over the school funding crisis'. 'The ability to provide individual support to students ' working with often vulnerable young people to overcome barriers to learning ' will be further undermined. Hard-won standards are being put at risk by chronic government underinvestment,' he added. A fifth of grandparents have given up work or reduced hours to help with childcare, survey finds A fifth of grandparents have given up work or reduced hours to help with childcare: A survey of grandparents has found 21% have given up work or reduced their hours to look after their grandchildren and as a result, 27% have found themselves 'financially unstable'. The poll of 1,600 users of social network 'Gransnet' found just over half routinely look after their grandchildren (ages 0 -18) to ease the burden of childcare costs. As well as facing financial instability from reduced earnings, activities and other expenses also add to the strain, with 57% saying they spend up to £20 per day in term time and 67% spending that during school holidays. And for many, it's not only one child they take care of each week. Eight out of 10 look after one or two of their grandchildren every week, while 3% take care of four or more, to enable their parents to go to work. How much childcare? For most grandparents, the grandkids are dropped off once or twice a week (56%), but 7% say childcare is full-time, looking after them five days a week. Providing childcare is 'exhausting' for 12% of respondents, with some revealing it has had an impact on their physical health. It has also caused rifts in families, with 8% saying declining requests for childcare has led to family conflict and 5% revealed their relationship with their own children has become 'permanently strained' or even 'entirely estranged' as a result. As well as helping out with childcare, the poll reveals grandparents are also providing financial support for other things, with 25% saying they contribute to holidays or top up savings accounts for their children. Other areas they help out in include buying toys, games and school uniforms, dinner money and in some cases even help pay the mortgages of their children. Just 15% of Brits think Government has managed immigration ‘competently and fairly’, survey reveals Just 15% of Brits think the Government has managed immigration 'competently and fairly': A major survey conducted over the last two years has found that just 15 percent feel the Government has handled immigration in a competent and fair manner. The National Conversation on Immigration report, which polled almost 20,000 people at meetings around the UK is the largest public consultation on immigration to date, also found that only 17 percent trust the government to tell the truth when it comes to immigration. The research carried out by think tank British Future in collaboration with HOPE not Hate, an anti-racism charity also found some interesting insight into the public perception of immigration, which differed from some of the polarised debates online. Majority of people are 'balancers' Despite reservations about ministers' ability to manage immigration, the report found people had a more balanced outlook on immigration than the view often presented in the media. The report dubs these people 'balancers' and says the majority of those who responded on the citizen's panel can be described as such, seeing both the 'pressures and gains of immigration.' Findings also revealed 65 percent of respondents believed migrants were valuable to the UK bringing essential skills that could benefit the economy, while 59 percent said having a diverse society was good for British culture. Although overall, the people of the UK were more positive about immigration than not ' four in ten felt immigration had undermined British culture. The authored of the report are calling for a 'national conversation' in an official capacity about immigration to give the public an opportunity to speak about any concerns they have. Jill Rutter, one of the report authors, and director of strategy for think tank British Future said: 'The lack of trust we found in the Government to manage immigration is quite shocking. 'People want to have their voices heard on the choices we make and to hold their leaders to account on their promises." Review the full report: More people opposed to second referendum on Brexit than in support, survey reveals More people opposed to second referendum on Brexit than in support: A survey for the Daily Express has revealed 40% of respondents polled would be in favour of a second referendum on Brexit, however half (50%) said they would not support one. 6 in 10 Brits feel the EU has been harsh during Brexit negotiations 6 in 10 Brits feel the EU has been harsh during Brexit negotiations: A survey to gauge public opinion around Brexit has found nearly 6 in 10 (58%) believe the EU has been 'harsh towards the UK'. Three-quarters of new young voters would support Remain in second referendum, reveals poll Three-quarters of new young voters would support Remain in second referendum: As Brexit draws even closer and uncertainty shows no sign of abating, a new survey has revealed insight into the position of young people who were too young in 2016 to vote in the referendum. Latest YouGov Brexit poll reveals increase in support for 'People's Vote' Since Theresa May's Brexit deal was rejected in parliament for the second time, a YouGov poll has revealed increased support for a public 'People's Vote'. It also found that the public are losing faith in the government, with just 12% believing parliament is able to solve the issues faced when it comes to Brexit. Margaret Thatcher voted Britain’s greatest post-war Prime Minister in poll Margaret Thatcher voted Britain's greatest post-war Prime Minister in poll: A survey has revealed that more than a fifth of respondents polled believe Conservative Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, has been the greatest leader since the end of the Second World War. More than half of prison staff have been exposed to psychoactive substances, with 39% feeling ill as a result, according to poll More than half of prison staff have been exposed to psychoactive substances, with 39% feeling ill as a result: A revealing new survey of 1600 prison staff working at over 100 sites across England and Wales has found that more than half (53%) have been exposed to psychoactive drugs including spice while at work. It also found that more than a third (39%) have felt ill after being exposed to these substances. Majority of MPs believe dementia care should be funded by the state, according to poll Majority of MPs believe dementia care should be funded by the state: , Government should pay TV licence for over-75s, according to three-quarters of voters polled in survey Government should pay TV licence for over-75s, according to three-quarters of voters polled in survey: A survey by charity, Age UK has found that three-quarters of respondents believe that the Government should take back responsibility for paying the licence fee for pensioners over the age of 75 - and not the BBC. 58% of Conservative Party members in favour of death penalty for certain crimes, reveals poll 58% of Conservative Party members in favour of death penalty for certain crimes: A survey of Conservative Party members commissioned for Channel 4's Dispatches programme has revealed 58% wouuld be in favour of reinstating capital punishment for some crimes. A further 37% said that they would not be in support of bringing back the death penalty, which was abolished in Great Britain in 1965 and in Northern Ireland in 1973. Student support for the Labour Party has fallen, according to poll Student support for the Labour Party has fallen: According to a recent survey, support for the Labour Party amongst UK students has fallen by almost half over the past 18 months. The research suggests thats students are instead being drawn to Remain supporting political parties. 4 out of 5 MPs think social media has negative impact on politics, reveals survey 4 out of 5 MPs think social media has negative impact on politics: A poll asking MPs for their opinions about social media and politics found that 81% believe social networking platforms have changed public opinion about MPs for the worse. Two thirds of people in UK think Brexit deal is unlikely to be agreed by October 19, according to poll Two thirds of people think Brexit deal is unlikely to be agreed by October 19: A survey asking voters how likely they feel it is that a Brexit deal will be renegotiated and agreed on by the EU, by October 19, has revealed more than two thirds (67%) believe it is 'not very likely' (31%), or 'not likely at all' (36%). Biggest ever Brexit poll reveals majority are in favour of leaving the EU Biggest ever Brexit poll reveals majority are in favour of leaving the EU: The largest survey on Brexit since the referendum in 2016 has revealed that the majority of people are in favour of leaving the EU. More than half the people polled in Brexit survey think EU departure will lead to UK break-up More than half the people polled in Brexit survey think EU departure will lead to UK break-up: A new piece of research conducted by the University of Edinburgh and Cardiff University has found that more than half the people polled in England (52%) and Scotland (61%) believe Brexit will result in the breaking up of the UK, with slightly less than half (47%) saying the same in Wales. UK ranks second from bottom in global trust survey UK ranks second from bottom in global trust survey: When it comes to trust, a new global survey has found that UK citizens have a low level of trust of NGOs, business, government and media. Fewer than half those polled (42%) said they trusted insitutions would 'do what is right', meaning the UK ranked second from bottom in the Index, just above Russia with 30%.