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Latest news and publications from the following 22 leading think-tanks… CentreForum, Adam Smith Institute, Alliance for Useful Evidence, British Future, Centre for European Reform, Centre for Policy Studies, Compass, Civitas, Democratic Audit, Demos, Fabian Society, Institute for Fiscal Studies, Institute for Government, IPPR, IEA, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Policy Exchange, Progress, Resolution Foundation, Social Market Foundation, Sutton Trust and The Work Foundation.

CentreForum

CentreForum at the party conferences 2015

Tuesday July 30th, 2013 05:03:08 PM russell@russelleagling.com (Russell Eagling)
We are pleased to announce that our programme at the party conferences this Autumn has now been finalised.    

Schools Plus: education at the heart of communities

Tuesday June 30th, 2015 01:09:25 PM info@centreforum.org (Tom Frostick)
Ben Nicholls & Nikki SticklandJuly 2015 This report argues that recent efforts to raise school standards, important though they are, have arguably focused too narrowly on reforming the academic curriculum and qualifications, at the expense of the education of the whole child. Following a comprehensive review of existing efforts in the field of 'extended ...

Promoting effective competition in UK defence procurement: the case of UK Maritime Patrol

Thursday June 18th, 2015 01:09:25 PM info@centreforum.org (Tom Frostick)
Toby FenwickJune 2015 This paper updates CentreForum's July 2014 interim report, and our further work found greater evidence of the importance of effective and transparent competition in defence procurement.  Our case study is the Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) capability deleted in the 2010 Defence Review, as MPA is likely to be reinstated under the current ...

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British Future

Net migration at all-time high: reaction

Thursday August 27th, 2015 09:43:02 AM BFTemp
British Future responds to today’s publication of new ONS immigration statistics showing net migration to the UK at an all-time high of 330,000 The post Net migration at all-time high: reaction appeared first on British Future.

Net migration – what’s the plan, Cam?

Thursday August 27th, 2015 07:13:35 AM BFTemp
As the ONS releases new immigration figures, British Future and the Institute of Directors question why there is no current long-term plan to meet the Government's net migration target. They call for a 'Comprehensive Immigration Review' to examine and publicly debate what policies would be needed meet the target, and what their impacts would be. The post Net ...

A call for perspective on the Calais crisis

Friday August 21st, 2015 11:08:57 AM BFTemp
It is a curious thing when someone of a centre-right disposition, with similarly right-of-centre views on immigration, has cause to rail against the right-wing press, writes Drew Smith. However, speaking as someone whose role of late has been consumed by the migrant crisis in Calais, I have seen first-hand, and been alarmed by, the pervasive […] The post ...

Centre for European Reform

The Calais crisis: Discussion with Mark Reckless and Emily Maitlis

Thursday August 6th, 2015 11:42:51 AM Anna
Media Url:  http://bbc.in/1NaRTaV Thumbnail:  CaminoMortera.jpg Camino Mortera-Martinez discusses the Calais crisis with Mark Reckless and Emily Maitlis.Watch the debate here (17:40). Spotlight Image:  ...

Has Greece crisis created a two-speed Europe?

Wednesday August 5th, 2015 12:34:52 PM Anna
Media Url:  http://video.ft.com/4398223432001/Has-Greece-crisis-created-a-two-speed-Europe-/editorschoice Thumbnail:  CO_ft_2.jpg Aug 4, 2015 : Christian Odendahl talks to the Financial Times about the Greek crisis (4:48).Author ...

Behind the scenes at our 17th birthday party

Tuesday August 4th, 2015 12:26:03 PM Anna
Media Url:  https://vimeo.com/135341072 Thumbnail:  CER_Birthday_Party_2015-4550.jpg With a keynote speech by Joschka Fischer, German foreign minister and vice chancellor from 1998 to 2005. Hosted by HE Witold Sobkow, ambassador ...

Centre for Policy Studies

Corbynomics: A Path to Penury

Monday August 17th, 2015 11:00:00 PM
Corbynomics is based on the false premise that Britain is a free market nirvana. Britain needs much deeper pro-market reforms not a return to...

How to Privatise the High Street

Thursday July 30th, 2015 11:00:00 PM
The Government should enhance Business Improvement Districts and support locally-lead regeneration of Britain’s...

The Enterprise Right to Buy

Thursday July 30th, 2015 11:00:00 PM
The Government should extend Right to Buy to commercial tenants. This could increase development and help reduce the...

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Demos

Could Online User-Generated Content Revolutionlise Health Services?

Wednesday July 29th, 2015 11:05:00 AM
The last decade has witnessed a dramatic increase in citizens using the internet to find health advice and share health experiences, ranging from official accredited advice such as NHS Choices to un-moderated, citizen-led chat rooms and forums. They vary greatly from a helpful source of support, and advice for patients and citizens, to very dangerous and inaccurate ...

Life to the full

Friday February 20th, 2015 12:18:00 PM
OverviewAt least 49,000 children in the UK have a life-limiting or life-threatening illness, and as many as 800,000 are living with a disability. During their lives, these children and their families can expect to need support for their condition from a staggering number of services – from health and care (including palliative care), to specialist equipment ...

CASM and Sunday Times: The Twitter election

Tuesday February 17th, 2015 11:29:00 AM
As the election campaigns get underway, there is a new battleground: Twitter. Tweets are the newest weapons in the political arsenal, and Demos CASM is partnering with the Sunday Times to cover this new digital side of politics and campaigning. The Centre for the Analysis of Social Media has been learning how to listen to huge numbers of Tweets for some time. ...

Fabian Society

Being a member of a party means something – as a defector, I should know

Wednesday August 26th, 2015 11:15:46 AM EdWallis
It’s nearly ten years since I left the Liberal Democrat Party, and nine since I first voted Labour in an election. I’ve been a member for a comparatively modest five years – I was never eligible to be in Young Labour, don’t have a “where were you?” story from May 1997, and I’m completely in... Read more »

Under Corbyn’s electoral plan, prospects for victory look bleak

Thursday August 20th, 2015 03:17:18 PM EdWallis
In an interview with Labour List earlier this week, Jeremy Corbyn was asked to comment on the Fabian Society report The Mountain to Climb, which showed that Labour will need to win 106 extra seats and 40 per cent of the vote to gain power in 2020. Our analysis indicates that in the pivotal marginals... Read more »

Is it ever right to print money?

Thursday August 20th, 2015 12:00:44 PM EdWallis
We know that one of the key reasons why Labour lost the last two elections is because we were seen as economically incompetent. The Tories and the media have managed to convince many voters that the banking crash was a Labour profligate spending crash. Or at least, that Labour was cowed by the power of... Read more »

Index on Censorship

Finances threaten independent student media

Friday November 28th, 2014 04:05:32 PM Jennifer Janiak
As many campus media struggle to maintain a steady revenue, Index hears from two US university papers about their work and how they finance themselves independently The post Finances threaten independent student media appeared first on Index on Censorship.

Pakistan gets YouTube back. Sort of

Wednesday December 18th, 2013 12:05:41 PM Zofeen T. Ebrahim
A localised YouTube service will be available in Pakistan. But users are far from happy, says Zofeen Ibrahim The post Pakistan gets YouTube back. Sort of appeared first on Index on Censorship.

The “nasty little bill” that could kill the Big Society

Friday September 6th, 2013 03:04:19 PM Alex Stevenson
'Chilling effect', 'seriously flawed', 'bureaucratic nightmare': Alex Stevenson looks behind the scenes of the UK's gagging bill The post The “nasty little bill” that could kill the Big Society appeared first on Index on Censorship.

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Institute for Government

Statement in response to PACAC coverage

Wednesday July 22nd, 2015 12:21:20 PM nicole.valentinuzzi
The Institute for Government submitted evidence, both written and oral, ahead of the most recent meeting of the Public Administration & Constitutional

Statement in response to the Queen's Speech, May 2015

Wednesday May 27th, 2015 12:40:08 PM nicole.valentinuzzi
Peter Riddell, Director of the Institute for Government, said: “The legislative programme announced today in the Queen’s Speech contains some very ambitious policy commitments. While these are consistent with the Conservatives’ manifesto pledges, they can only be turned into action and positive change through effective implementation.  Too often in the ...

Statement in response to the appointment of Matt Hancock as Minister for Cabinet Office

Monday May 11th, 2015 04:47:30 PM nicole.valentinuzzi
Peter Riddell, Director of the Institute for Government said: “The Institute for Government welcomes the appointment of Matt Hancock as Minister for Efficiency and Civil Service Reform, following the extensive work and personal commitment of Francis Maude over the past five years. Political leadership is crucial to securing lasting changes to the way central ...

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IEA

The economics of Game of Thrones

Friday August 28th, 2015 11:06:36 AM Kristian Niemietz
House Greyjoy in Game of Thrones is the ultimate symbol of statist economics. Their family motto 'We de not sow' (meaning 'We do not produce wealth, we plunder it'), their contempt for voluntary exchange ('paying the gold price') and their ...

Review of 'More Human' by Steve Hilton

Thursday August 27th, 2015 02:07:40 PM Kristian Niemietz
Steve Hilton is not a Burkean conservative. In fact, in many respects he is barely a conservative at all. In this wide-ranging volume, he has produced a radical manifesto of revolutionary ideas which would see fundamental changes to everything from the structure of ...

No, leading economists are not supporting Corbyn’s far-left agenda

Tuesday August 25th, 2015 10:41:36 AM Kristian Niemietz
"Jeremy Corbyn wins economists’ backing for radical plan” thundered the Observer’s front page on Sunday. The newspaper was reporting a letter written by economists published in the Observer itself. Forty left-leaning economists can easily be ...

Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Work is good for your health – should we cheer or circle the wagons?

Tuesday August 25th, 2015 11:56:37 AM Helen Barnard
Encouraging more sick and disabled people to find work could be good for their health, Iain Duncan Smith said yesterday. But what does the evidence say? Helen Barnard takes a look. Iain Duncan Smith gave a speech yesterday about increasing the number of disabled people in work. He argued that work is good for our health and that the current Employment and Support ...

Boot camp for unemployed youths – the Marmite policy

Tuesday August 18th, 2015 01:06:50 PM Helen Barnard
Are three-week ‘boot camps’ the best way to help unemployed young people get a first step on the career ladder? Helen Barnard looks at the evidence. Yesterday’s announcement of a three week ‘boot camp’ for all unemployed 18 to 20 year olds is a real marmite policy. Many love its ‘tough love’ message, while others hate the underlying assumption ...

What the rest of Britain can learn from the way Wales is tackling homelessness

Tuesday August 11th, 2015 10:54:11 AM Brian Robson
People in Wales will be offered more help to avoid losing their home – but new laws could also undo that good work, says Brian Robson. There’s good news in the latest Crisis/JRF Homelessness Monitor Wales, published today. New Welsh legislation - the Housing (Wales) Act 2014 - has ushered in major changes by placing a much stronger legal emphasis on prevention ...

Policy Exchange


Progress

Politics first, economics second

Saturday August 29th, 2015 05:00:32 AM Conor Pope
The chancellor is comfortable encroaching on Labour territory, says Conor Pope How many Labour hearts sank at the words ‘national living wage’ in George Osborne’s recent budget? Never mind the economic connotations of the policy; the political ones are brutal for the left. It was so obviously the big moment of the speech, and the …

Parties at war

Saturday August 29th, 2015 04:00:26 AM Richard Angell
‘Now it’s open war’, screamed the Daily Mail headline on 18 June 2015. Not, this time, a comment on the Labour leadership race that was then getting into full swing, but the contest to come on the Treasury benches. The future race to be leader of the Conservative party, a vacancy David Cameron himself pre-announced …

Lonely leaders

Friday August 28th, 2015 11:15:20 AM Olly Parker
Why the Labour party needs outriders —If it was true that during the welfare reform and work bill Harriet Harman was ‘acting as her own outrider’ and deliberately making bold statements to try and take Labour’s policy on welfare closer to where the public are, then it is yet another sign of weakness in our nation’s left-leaning organisations. ...

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