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.


Mental Health Commission Launch

Thursday July 17th, 2014 01:45:47 PM (Russell Eagling)
“The Pursuit of Happiness: A New Ambition for our Mental Health” Tuesday 8th July 2014 The Royal Society Speakers: Rt Hon Paul Burstow MP (Commission Chair) Angela Greatley, Chair, Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust Dr Mike Shooter, President, BACP Professor Stephen Bevan, Director of the Centre for Workplace Effectiveness Dr Ian Walton, Sandwell ...

Promoting effective competition in UK defence procurement

Monday July 14th, 2014 11:00:01 PM (Tomasz Frosztick)
Toby FenwickJuly 2014 Using the UK’s maritime patrol requirements as a case study, this interim report sets out the criteria that government should use to run a competitive defence procurement process without compromising the UK’s security. The report expresses concern over suggestions that government could purchase American P-8 jets for maritime patrol ...

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British Future

Cross-party support for international students

Wednesday August 27th, 2014 11:58:31 AM BFTemp
Politicians across the political spectrum voiced support for the new joint report by British Future and Universities UK, ‘International students and the UK immigration debate’, released on Bank Holiday Monday. The post Cross-party support for international students appeared first on British Future.

Public “baffled” students included in government’s migration targets

Sunday August 24th, 2014 11:01:34 PM BFTemp
The British public do not see international students studying in the UK as “immigrants”, and do not want the number coming here reduced, even if this would make it harder to reduce overall immigration numbers, according to new research by Universities UK and British Future, writes Joe Cryer. The post Public “baffled” students included in government’s ...

100 years ago Britain welcomed Belgian refugees to our shores

Wednesday August 20th, 2014 12:01:00 PM BFTemp
100 years ago today, the first of many Belgian refugees fleeing the German invasion began to arrive in Britain. It was to become the largest ever single refugee flow from one country to the UK, with over 250,000 Belgian refugees, many of them children, arriving on our shores, writes Joe Cryer. The post 100 years ago Britain welcomed Belgian refugees to our shores ...

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Centre for Policy Studies

Introducing the Lifetime ISA

Sunday August 3rd, 2014 10:00:00 PM
Michael Johnson suggests the Chancellor’s new ISAs do not go far enough to kick-start a savings culture....

Abolishing the innovation poll tax

Thursday June 26th, 2014 10:00:00 PM
Adam Memon calls for supply-side reforms to the patent process which will reduce the barriers to innovation....

Keith Joseph - Four speeches that shook the world

Thursday June 19th, 2014 10:00:00 PM

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Rethinking incapacity

Friday July 18th, 2014 09:00:00 AM
What does it mean to say that someone is 'incapacitated' – that is, they are not in paid work because of their ill-health or disability? This is no idle theoretical question; there are nearly a million incapacity tests (known as the Work Capability Assessment, or WCA) every year that determine whether people receive benefits, and nearly everyone (from government ...

The Commission on Apprenticeships

Monday June 23rd, 2014 03:51:00 PM
Demos has launched a new cross-party Commission on Apprenticeships. Demos will act as Secretariat for this Commission, providing research support and drafting the final report in late 2014. The report, which will be shaped by guidance and feedback from Commissioners, will make recommendations to local and national policymakers, employers, training providers and ...

The contestable policy fund: older people's housing

Friday May 30th, 2014 03:25:00 PM
For decades, there have not been enough homes to meet the needs of our growing and ageing population. The number of households in England is projected to increase 10 per cent from 2011 to 2021, but the highest increase is projected to be for households headed by someone between 55 and 64 years old. As life expectancy increases, more people will need support to ...

Fabian Society

We all have a responsibility towards victims of religious persecution

Tuesday August 26th, 2014 09:44:44 AM AnyaPearson
The last fortnight has seen the issue of religious persecution hit the headlines once more. Whilst there is sadly nothing new with discrimination towards religious minorities, what has been palpably different this time is the British public’s attitude towards people who have found themselves in such a dreadful situation simply because of their beliefs and... ...

Climate policy is worth a speech

Tuesday August 12th, 2014 11:53:36 AM Richard
At last, a member of the shadow cabinet has given a speech about climate change. Maria Eagle, the shadow environment secretary, went to WWF’s headquarters in Woking yesterday and talked about the choice on offer to the electorate next May: David Cameron, who wants to “cut the green crap”, or Ed Miliband, who “gets” climate... Read more »

The acid test for international justice

Wednesday August 6th, 2014 02:47:15 PM Richard

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.

Hampstead teacher: Leave those kids alone!

Friday September 6th, 2013 11:13:44 AM Padraig Reidy
What right does a North London head teacher have to report an "anarchist" student blogger to the police, asks Padraig Reidy The post Hampstead teacher: Leave those kids alone! appeared first on Index on Censorship.

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Institute for Government

The costly trail of British government IT and 'big bang' project disasters

Wednesday August 20th, 2014 03:37:30 PM andrew.murphy
From e-borders to the NHS, the billions spent tell a cautionary tale – but have lessons been learned for universal credit? The list of reasons for failure quickly becomes familiar to those who follow these things, such as Tom Gash, the director of research at the Institute for Government. "There are some patterns here we've seen in a lot of other failed projects," ...

UK business chiefs turn down new Whitehall post

Wednesday August 13th, 2014 11:00:00 PM andrew.murphy
Whitehall is struggling to recruit its first chief executive, with several business leaders having turned down approaches from headhunters less than three weeks from the closing date for applications.

IfG statement on CEO/Civil Service job description

Monday July 28th, 2014 03:39:57 PM mark.mistry
Peter Riddell, Director at the Institute for Government, responds to the release of a job description for the newly-created position of chief executive of the Civil Service.

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There are a wealth of benefits to be had from energy exploration

Friday August 22nd, 2014 09:17:23 AM Camilla Goodwin
Prime Minister David Cameron’s “all-in” push for developing the UK’s shale gas reserves continues to generate what seems to be strong public backlash. While vocal protesters receive much publicity, they do not represent the views of most of ...

Bitcoin: the Money of the Future?

Wednesday August 20th, 2014 09:00:00 AM Camilla Goodwin
Proponents of Bitcoin like to suggest that it will be the money of the future. Critics point to its price volatility, the evidence of a Bitcoin bubble and other problems. Both sides make valid points. Bitcoin is a crypto-currency, a highly anonymous, self-regulating ...

We could do worse – follow Germany

Tuesday August 19th, 2014 10:39:51 AM Camilla Goodwin
For the last five years, politicians of all shades have been banging on about how we should adopt this or that aspect of German economic policy. George Osborne argued in 2011: "We want to learn the lessons of the successful Mittelstand model, which has operated ...

Joseph Rowntree Foundation

National Skills Academy for Construction Client Based Approach: Tackling poverty through public procurement

Wednesday August 27th, 2014 07:34:34 AM keith.bremner
3 October 2014 - 9:30am - 12:30pm This event will provide an excellent opportunity to hear how the National Skills Academy for Construction client based approach works and the benefits this can bring to clients, contractors and to local communities.  This event will also explore evidence from a recent ...

Career ladders or career canyons? What is the future for job progression in UK cities?

Wednesday August 27th, 2014 07:23:59 AM keith.bremner
4 September 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm In cities across the country, the landscape of employment is changing. This is not simply about having, or not having, a job. It’s also about what kind of job and what the opportunities are. Increasingly, cities are home both to more lower-skilled, lower-paid jobs and ...

Reducing poverty in the UK: a collection of evidence reviews

Tuesday August 26th, 2014 11:01:00 PM craig.barton
To help build the evidence for JRF’s anti-poverty strategy, we commissioned researchers to carry out reviews of existing policy and research on a wide range of social issues that are related to poverty. The 33 studies in this collection are the findings of those reviews, and there are links to more detailed reports by the research teams, where available. The ...

Policy Exchange

The Too Difficult Box: The Big Issues Politicians Can't Crack with Charles Clarke

Monday September 15th, 2014 05:30:00 PM
Policy Exchange is delighted to welcome former Home Secretary Charles Clarke to discuss his new book, The Too Difficult Box. The book brings together a cast of heavy hitters from the worlds of politics, academia and public service, to write expansively and persuasively on some of society’s most insidious problems, too often kicked into the long grass because ...

The Annual Education Lecture with Doug Lemov, in association with Teach First

Wednesday September 10th, 2014 05:30:00 PM
Policy Exchange is delighted that Doug Lemov will be joining us to deliver our first annual lecture on education. Lemov is author of Teach Like A Champion and the Managing Director of Uncommon Schools, a group of charter schools across New York, New Jersey and Boston with a mission to close the achievement gap and prepare deprived students to go to and graduate ...

Future of the City: Assessing the future of UK financial services and professional services

Tuesday September 2nd, 2014 01:00:53 PM
Policy Exchange is hosting a major conference on the issues surrounding growth and the financial sector in the UK. The conference will assess the key issues surrounding the future of the financial services sector in the UK.

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Resolution Foundation

World Class, What does international evidence tell us about improving quality, access and affordability in the English childcare market

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A new Resolution Foundation report by leading childcare experts, Kitty Stewart of the LSE and Ludovica Gambaro of the Institute of Education, sets out a path for reform for the UK, offering the best ideas from abroad. Central to getting greater value for the £5.5 billion we already invest in childcare as well as future investment is to do what other countries ...

Housing pinched: Understanding which households spend the most on housing costs

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Close to 1.6 million UK households – the housing pinched – are spending more than half their disposable income on the ongoing costs of housing each month. Of the 1.6 million housing pinched, retired households and working age households in which nobody works account for just over a third (7 per cent – 110,000 households – and 30 per cent ...

Hangover Cure: Dealing with the household debt overhang as interest rates rise

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The UK is entering a period in which interest rates are expected to start rising again – with the first moves potentially coming later this year – having insufficiently dealt with the debt overhang. This leaves the UK economy vulnerable to even modest increases in interest rates. Our modelling suggests that even a relatively benign unwinding of today’s ...

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Sutton Trust

Parents pay half a million in housing premium for state school education - The Independent

Tuesday August 26th, 2014 12:00:00 AM
Jonathan Owen quoted the Sutton Trust in his Independent and i newspaper report on a survey showing the housing premium near good schools.

Are law firms doing enough to encourage diversity? - The Guardian

Friday August 22nd, 2014 12:00:00 AM
Alex Aldridge in the Guardian highlighted Sutton Trust programmes including Pathways to Law in an article on diversity in the legal profession.

Taste of university life leads to full-time experience for 23 new students (LSE website)

Friday August 22nd, 2014 12:00:00 AM
Pathways to Law was featured on the London School for Economics website.

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