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.


Hypothecated taxation and the NHS

Wednesday December 24th, 2014 12:00:01 AM (Tom Frostick)
India Keable-ElliottDecember 2014 This report studies the merits of so-called 'strong hypothecation', where a particular tax funds an entire service, and 'weak hypothecation', where tax revenues are notionally earmarked for an area of government expenditure. It concludes that strong hypothecation is the more viable of the two because it promotes accountability, ...

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British Future

The Dulmial Gun – a ‘hidden history’ of Pakistan’s soldiers of WW1

Thursday December 4th, 2014 10:55:38 AM BFTemp
At the centre of a small village in the mountainous Salt Range region of Pakistan, sits a nineteenth century British cannon. Dulmial – known within Pakistan simply as ‘the village with the gun’ – was presented with the artillery piece in 1925 in recognition of the service and sacrifice of the village’s inhabitants prior to and during the First World ...

Parties need joint ‘British position’ to reform EU free movement

Friday November 28th, 2014 10:45:31 AM Sunder Katwala
David Cameron has set out his reform agenda on EU free movement. Securing support for reform across the European Union will require the British parties to work together. The post Parties need joint ‘British position’ to reform EU free movement appeared first on British Future.

Net migration target dead and buried – now what happens next?

Thursday November 27th, 2014 10:00:29 AM BFTemp
Meaningful figures, sensible targets and accountable government should be agreed upon by politicians as ‘common sense ground rules’ on immigration, argues British Future. The post Net migration target dead and buried – now what happens next? appeared first on British Future.

Centre for European Reform

Video interview on 'Unlocking Europe's capital markets union'

Friday December 12th, 2014 05:34:35 PM Anna
Media Url: Thumbnail:  Hugo_Dixon.jpg With Hugo Dixon, editor-at-large Reuters News and the founder of Reuters Breakingviews. Author information External Author:  ...

BfB/BNE/CER fringe event at the Labour Party conference: 'Can Britain lead in Europe? Will EU reforms deliver growth and jobs?'

Tuesday July 29th, 2014 09:59:24 AM jordan
Speakers included Peter Kellner, president, YouGov and Gareth Thomas MP, shadow minister for Europe Event thumbnail:  labour2sm-1411642140.jpg Event Date information Event date:  Sun, 2014-09-21 (All day) Publish ...

Video interview on 'The economic consequences of leaving the EU'

Friday June 6th, 2014 09:43:38 AM jordan
Media Url: Thumbnail:  js_6june14 2.jpg John Springford and Simon Tilford discuss the final report of the CER commission on the UK and the EU single market.Author information Author:  ...

Centre for Policy Studies

What Price Localism? A Case Study of the LGPS

Tuesday December 16th, 2014 11:00:00 PM
Without structural change, the Local Government Pension Scheme is in terminal...

Britain and the EU: A Solution

Thursday December 11th, 2014 11:00:00 PM
Reforming Britain’s relationship with the EU could boost trade, reveals Dan Hannan MEP....

The Autumn Statement: What lies Beneath?

Wednesday December 3rd, 2014 11:00:00 PM
Colossal? Maybe. Essential?...

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Wisdom of the Crowd

Tuesday December 2nd, 2014 11:00:00 PM
Social media could transform how we understand society. Social media platforms produce information about social life unlike anything we’ve had before – bigger, rich, and often in real-time. If we can hear what social media is saying, it could transform how we understand attitudes, our priorities, hopes, criticisms and fears. Current ways of listening ...

Review of Social and Emotional Skills: Call for Evidence

Monday October 27th, 2014 05:12:00 PM
The Early Intervention Foundation, Cabinet Office and the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission are conducting a review of the evidence base behind the skills variously referred to as Skills for Life and Work, character, social and emotional skills and non-cognitive skills, and what works to help young people develop these skills. A Glossary of the key ...

UpRising: Building a Monitoring and Evaluation Framework

Friday September 26th, 2014 05:52:00 PM
Demos is currently undertaking an evaluation of the organisation UpRising, which provides leadership training to young people from diverse backgrounds to help them achieve their ambitions and goals. This evaluation is part of the Cabinet Office Social Action Fund and Journey Fund, which aims to increase ‘social action’ among young people in the UK. ...

Fabian Society

Our essential books of 2014: Please, Mister Postman by Alan Johnson

Wednesday December 24th, 2014 10:00:03 AM AnyaPearson
When Emily Thornberry tweeted a picture of a house in Kent draped in St George’s Cross flags, it wasn’t just a momentary lapse in manners which led many to feel the episode was so damaging. The tweet gave life to a sense that our professional political classes are adrift from many expressions of civic and... Read more »

Our essential books of 2014: Revolution by Russell Brand

Tuesday December 23rd, 2014 12:02:02 PM AnyaPearson
If Thomas Piketty had been born in Essex and married Katie Perry he might have written a book like Revolution. Russell Brand’s first foray into political writing is part manifesto, part memoir, part polemic and a stand out contender for political book of 2014. Roughly chronological, Revolution follows Brand’s personal political journey from a teenager... ...

Our essential books of 2014: Revolt on the Right by Rob Ford and Matthew Goodwin

Tuesday December 23rd, 2014 11:58:33 AM AnyaPearson
2014 was the year that UKIP stopped being a sideshow and became the main event. They handily won the European elections, gained their first two elected MPs and troubled the counsels of the mighty in Labour and Tory HQs. Their rise to prominence has seemed, at times, unstoppable. When attention focused on the misdemeanours and... 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 02:04:19 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

More and better infrastructure – can government deliver?

Monday December 15th, 2014 02:25:53 PM andrew.murphy
The UK needs to make major infrastructure investments over the next few years, but government needs to change how it makes decisions about infrastructure policy if these are to be done efficiently.

Response to PAC Contract Management Report

Wednesday December 10th, 2014 09:22:52 AM nicole.valentinuzzi
"Both contractors and government departments must take responsibility when contracts between the private and public sector go wrong. While the government is trying to improve its management of private and voluntary sector suppliers, the PAC report shows there is still far to go."

IfG response to Autumn Statement 2014

Wednesday December 3rd, 2014 01:29:08 PM nicole.valentinuzzi
"Savings like this can only be achieved if there is real and fundamental change in the way the government operates..."

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Free trade, not sanctions, is the key to helping the world’s poor

Wednesday December 24th, 2014 02:19:32 AM Richard Wellings
The recent signals by the Obama Administration that they might wish to normalise relations with Cuba should be welcomed by freedom lovers everywhere. Unfortunately, we have already seen criticism from both sides of the political spectrum. On the right, a number of ...

Myths and straw men

Monday December 22nd, 2014 04:35:27 PM Chris Snowdon
In my new IEA monograph Selfishness, Greed and Capitalism, I discuss some of the most common straw men and myths about free-market capitalism. Some ideological disputes cannot be settled by evidence alone, but factual statements can be checked and, if wrong, soundly ...

Review: ‘Inequality and the 1%’ by Danny Dorling

Monday December 22nd, 2014 11:40:08 AM Richard Wellings
The book has unintended entertainment value. Ironically, while Dorling appears to spend most of his waking hours railing against free-market economics, he seems to know absolutely nothing about it. What he really rails against is a bizarre caricature he has created ...

Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Labour Party Work and Prosperity Review

Friday December 19th, 2014 12:28:18 PM stewart.lee
This is a submission for the Labour Party Work and Prosperity Review by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. It draws on JRF research about low pay, the future of the UK's workforce, how growth and poverty can be better connected and other relevant research areas. A-Z Manual Override:  Set the A-Z title automatically ...

The benefits cap: a few people got jobs (for now) or moved house; the majority just got poorer

Monday December 15th, 2014 04:13:12 PM Helen Barnard
The benefits cap is getting more people into work, says new research. Helen Barnard asks whether this is all good news. The much-maligned benefits cap has been back in the news today, with the publication of new research on its impact since being fully rolled out in late 2013. Iain Duncan Smith and Mark Harper have been claiming victory over those who predicted ...

Cities should be given incentives to tackle poverty locally – JRF report

Friday December 12th, 2014 12:16:14 PM stewart.lee
Calls have been made for local authorities and City Regions to retain savings made from tackling unemployment and poverty in their area, in a new report for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF). As the Northern devolution debate gathers momentum, figures for JRF by the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion ...

Policy Exchange

Can interconnectors help the UK meet its energy needs?

Wednesday January 21st, 2015 04:15:00 PM
Policy Exchange will be hosting a panel discussion on the role that interconnectors could play in helping the UK to meet its energy needs. The event follows the release of our report Getting Interconnected in June 2014 which made the case for increased interconnection to other European power markets to help cut carbon, improve security of supply and lower ...

A screening of The Fountainhead with The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP

Monday January 12th, 2015 06:15:00 PM
Policy Exchange is delighted to be hosting the first in a series of regular film screenings introduced by political figures, in conjunction with the Crossbench Film Society. Our first guest is The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, who will be providing some introductory remarks on King Vidor's 1949 adapation of Ayn Rand's ...

Opinion: Policy Exchange’s housing association report revisited

Wednesday December 17th, 2014 03:05:43 PM
Writing in 24dash Ian Fletcher, Director of Policy at the British Property Federation, backs the proposals made in our report Freeing Housing Associations for allowing Housing Associations to buy out of their government grant and start providing homes for market sale. Fletcher argues that housing associations that wish to build homes for market sale should ...

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