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Friday December 13th, 2013 04:17:51 PM
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13 December 2013
At the 2013 ALDE conference the European Liberal Forum, with the support of CentreForum and LIPA hosted a fringe event to discuss, ‘Growth and Competitiveness in Europe: Mission Possible’, chaired by Iliya Lingorski, President of the Organising Committee of Vrana Economic Council.
Wednesday December 11th, 2013 12:00:01 AM
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Sam Cannicott with James Kempton and Sean McDanielDecember 2013
Further education colleges are uniquely placed to be “engines of social mobility” as many of their learners come from disadvantaged backgrounds and have left school with poor literacy and numeracy skills.
This report maintains that, while their remit is unavoidably wide, colleges’ attention ...
Tuesday December 3rd, 2013 12:12:29 PM
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3 December 2013
CentreForum in association with the Electoral Reform Society, IPPR and Policy Exchange hosted an event in parliament on 25 November 2013. The title was 'Tomorrow’s Party: where next for Britain’s ailing political tribes?' and speakers included Stella Creasy MP, Tim Farron MP, Dr Sarah Wollaston MP, Richard Harrington MP and Matthew Taylor ...
Adam Smith Institute
Saturday December 21st, 2013 07:00:30 AM
We're being told about the wonderful success of Britain's solar power revolution:
Friday December 20th, 2013 02:43:36 PM
The last few months has seen a breathtaking rise in the price of Bitcoin. Starting around $15 at the beginning of the year, Bitcoin's price went from round $200 to a peak of over $1,200 just during November. Then from early December BTC's price began to falter, with a sudden drop and a low of $550 on the 18th: less than half its price just weeks before.
Friday December 20th, 2013 07:00:30 AM
The Economist carries a story showing why India desperately needs the supermarkets. The example is all about a staple of Indian cooking, the red onion:
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Tuesday December 17th, 2013 12:01:44 AM
On 1st January 2014, Britain opens its borders to Romania and Bulgaria. It is a moment being greeted not with fanfares of Beethoven’s Ode to Joy, but with the more reluctant mantra ‘we have no choice’, with a heated public debate polarising around two viewpoints.The post REPORT: EU migration from Romania and Bulgaria appeared first on British Future.
Monday December 16th, 2013 10:57:00 AM
I have been on a campaign for Christmas. It started many years ago, when I was at primary school. The school was located in West London and Jewish students were few and far between. I quickly realized there was something different about my family and myself. Namely when December rolled around, we would celebrate Chanukkah while everyone else would enjoy Christmas, ...
Friday December 13th, 2013 11:47:34 AM
Plenty of our favourite “foreign” foods are now being produced in the UK, showing that not only are globalisation and immigration changing our palates, they’re changing our catering industry too, writes Jemimah Steinfeld.The post Foreign flavours, British farms: the future for UK agribusiness? appeared first on British Future.
Centre for European Reform
Wednesday October 30th, 2013 03:39:57 PM
Stephen Tindale discusses his latest CER policy brief 'Europe should regulate to promote carbon capture and storage'.Author information
Thursday October 24th, 2013 02:57:21 PM
Charles Grant interviewed Minxin Pei, professor of government and the director of the Keck Centre for International and Strategic Studies at Claremont McKenna ...
Friday October 11th, 2013 10:02:11 AM
Charles Grant interviewed Fyodor Lukyanov, editor of Russia in Global Affairs and chairman of the Council for Foreign and Defence Policy, MoscowAuthor information
Centre for Policy Studies
Thursday December 5th, 2013 11:00:00 PM
Both global warming and air pollution can be mitigated by the responsible development and utilisation of shale...
Sunday December 1st, 2013 11:00:00 PM
Dominic Raab MP calls for a strategic pledge to cut the overall tax burden in the 2015-20...
Wednesday November 20th, 2013 11:00:00 PM
Leading pensions analyst Michael Johnson on the failure of governance in the local government pension...
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Monday December 16th, 2013 11:00:00 PM
Bitcoin is a decentralised peer-to-peer digital crypto-currency. It is unregulated, unguaranteed and can offer a high degree of anonymity. It is one of several digital currencies that rely upon secure, encrypted peer-to-peer exchange. Its trust, worth and constant use lie entirely outside of the ‘fiat’ of our conventional financial and institutional ...
Friday November 8th, 2013 03:41:00 PM
Some geographic regions and economic sectors of the UK are performing more strongly than others on apprenticeships. Similarly, some schools and colleges do a better job than others of alerting students to the opportunities of apprenticeships, while some employers give their apprentices the engagement that they deserve and others give them less focus. The UK as ...
Tuesday October 22nd, 2013 05:13:00 PM
How to define the limits of free speech is a central debate in most modern democracies. This is particularly difficult in relation to hateful, abusive and racist speech. The pattern of hate speech is complex, but there is an increasing focus on the volume and nature of hateful or racist speech taking place online. This short study aims to inform the discussion ...
Friday December 20th, 2013 11:56:40 AM
Historically, rural households have been the forgotten faces of fuel poverty. Hidden beneath the idyll of chocolate-box cottages and rolling countryside, households in rural areas are more likely to suffer from fuel poverty than their urban counterparts and schemes designed to tackle the problem are failing to make a real impact in rural locations. At... Read ...
Friday December 20th, 2013 11:13:43 AM
It’s been a great year for our Environment & Citizenship programme. In January 2013 the policy review under John Cruddas asked the Fabian Society to explore how Labour builds a popular environmentalism. In a packed Westminster Hall committee room over 130 people crammed in to hear the discussion. In June, the 2013 Fabian Society’s summer conference focused ...
Thursday December 19th, 2013 02:00:38 PM
2013 was the year in which things began to get better for the UK economy, with headline indicators of growth and employment moving in a positive direction. The government has felt empowered to claim its economic plan is working, and argue that now it must be allowed to finish the job. But 2013 has also... Read more »
Index on Censorship
Wednesday December 18th, 2013 12:05:41 PM
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A localised YouTube service will be available in Pakistan. But users are far from happy, says Zofeen IbrahimThe post Pakistan gets YouTube back. Sort of appeared first on Index on Censorship.
Friday September 6th, 2013 03:04:19 PM
'Chilling effect', 'seriously flawed', 'bureaucratic nightmare': Alex Stevenson looks behind the scenes of the UK's gagging billThe post The “nasty little bill” that could kill the Big Society appeared first on Index on Censorship.
Friday September 6th, 2013 12:13:44 PM
What right does a North London head teacher have to report an "anarchist" student blogger to the police, asks Padraig ReidyThe post Hampstead teacher: Leave those kids alone! appeared first on Index on Censorship.
Institute for Fiscal Studies
Thursday December 12th, 2013 08:10:00 AM
After the 2013 Budget, the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) forecast that general government employment (that is employment by central and local government) would fall by 1 million between 2010–11 and 2017–18. However, with the Chancellor choosing to pencil in further cuts to departmental spending in 2018–19, last week the OBR suggested that a further ...
Thursday November 21st, 2013 01:31:00 PM
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Now scheduled for December 5, the Autumn Statement is – for the third year in a row – set to be a “fiscal event” as the Chancellor George Osborne provides more detail on the giveaways announced during the party conference season. The data so far this year – including today’s public finance numbers – suggest that we can expect to see a welcome upwards ...
Thursday November 7th, 2013 04:27:00 PM
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There are 164 grammar schools in England, which select their pupils on the basis of performance in entry tests in Year 6. These schools educate 4% of the Year 7 pupils in England. They are concentrated in selective local authorities such as Kent, Buckinghamshire, Slough and Trafford, although a third of grammar schools are in non-selective local authorities (including ...
Institute for Government
Thursday December 19th, 2013 03:42:58 PM
Director of Research Tom Gash responds to Cabinet Office review of major contracts across government.
Monday December 16th, 2013 04:04:29 PM
Deputy Director Julian McRae responds to the Treasury's review of financial management in government.
Monday December 16th, 2013 10:39:27 AM
David Walker covers the IfG's recent report, Accountability at the Top.
Friday December 20th, 2013 04:49:30 PM
As Andrew Adonis argues, successful reforms are incremental and build on existing best-practice, rather than trying to reinvent the wheel.
Thursday December 19th, 2013 05:54:01 PM
As Juncture, IPPR's quarterly journal for rethinking the centre-left, goes from strength to strength, its co-editors pick out a few of the year's highlights from the many fascinating and valuable pieces published here, at Juncture's online home.
Thursday December 19th, 2013 03:55:44 PM
This IPPR/Local Government Ombudsman seminar will explore how we can provide citizens with greater forms of direct accountability and redress in the provision of public services.
Friday December 20th, 2013 12:30:24 PM
Are the more corrupt people among us inexorably drawn to government? Does government further corrupt with its lack of property rights and clear incentives? Is it all some downward vicious cycle? Or are the more honest among us simply repelled from first principle ...
Thursday December 19th, 2013 11:39:19 AM
I don’t have a ‘favourite blogger’ as such, but if I had to draw up a personal top-five list, it would definitely include Brendan O’Neill. If you are looking for an author who skilfully exposes the authoritarianism, the censoriousness, the ...
Wednesday December 18th, 2013 10:56:15 AM
Mutuals and co-operatives have been promoted as the acceptable side of business by both arms of the coalition. Nick Clegg has lauded the Waitrose and John Lewis model. Advisers to David Cameron, as well as Vince Cable, have argued that the banking sector would ...
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Tuesday December 17th, 2013 04:32:21 PM
At the end of JRF’s programme on how older people with high support needs can have a better life, Ilona Haslewood is inspired by the stories of people who have been involved.
After nearly five years of work and a stream of research and development projects, programme advisory groups, roundtable meetings and hard thinking and writing, it was time to bring people ...
Friday December 13th, 2013 01:11:35 PM
The health and social care sector must place greater value on its most important attribute – compassion, says Camilla Cavendish.
In the five months I spent researching and writing the Cavendish Review, only two people used the word “kindness”. One was Deborah Holman of St Christopher’s Hospice, which explicitly advertises for staff who are kind and reckons ...
Wednesday December 11th, 2013 03:28:43 PM
Despite the government’s rhetoric, there’s more to a healthy labour market than simply the number of people in work, says Adam Tinson.
This week’s Monitoring Poverty and Social Exclusion 2013 report is the first in a number of years to contain good news about the labour market. The unemployment rate is down on 2012, the number of underemployed people has ...
Tuesday December 17th, 2013 12:01:01 AM
On 21st November 2013, Policy Exchange held a roundtable discussion on ways to improve the emissions performance of London’s road transport, and how local and national government policy can develop to reduce pollution and improve public health. This publication is a summary of the remarks made at that event.
Monday December 16th, 2013 06:00:19 PM
Policy Exchange was delighted to host Matthew Perry, star of Friends and The West Wing and West Huddleston, the Chief Executive of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals in the US, for an evening event focusing on criminal justice reform. Perry, who has spoken frankly about his past addiction and substance abuse problems, is a leading advocate ...
Monday December 16th, 2013 04:40:02 PM
BusinessGreen editor James Murray reviews Policy Exchange report Going, Going, Gone: The role of auctions and competition in renewable electricity support in detail. The report shows how the UK could reduce the cost of decarbonisation if it introduces a Brazilian-style system of auctioning contracts for clean energy.
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Despite the improving fortunes of national output however, many are yet to feel the benefit in their pay packets and bank balances. With average wages failing to keep pace with inflation and with austerity measures continuing to bite, the hit to living standards is now into its fifth year. Yet the nascent recovery has been driven in no small part to date by a ...
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Almost three-quarters of Britain’s workers who were on low pay in 2002 failed to escape from it over the course of the following decade.
Both low pay and social mobility are recognised as serious concerns in Britain but much less attention has been given to how easy or hard it is for someone to work their way up the earnings scale. Who gets stuck on low ...
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A major expansion of newly built shared ownership could help low and modest income working families across the country onto the property ladder, while keeping their housing costs affordable.
One foot on the ladder , shows that shared ownership – where buyers purchase at least 25 per cent of the equity in a home and pay a low rent on the remaining ...
Social Market Foundation
Friday December 20th, 2013 01:10:00 PM
A recent Public Accounts Committee report puts the Treasury’s claims on reducing avoidance in perspective. The committee concludes that HMRC "massively over-estimated" how much unpaid tax it would collect from UK holders of Swiss bank accounts. HMRC has only managed to collect £440m so far against an estimate of £3.12bn given in the 2012 Autumn Statement. ...
Monday December 9th, 2013 05:31:00 PM
Last week’s Autumn Statement was the first ‘fiscal event’ in ten years that I’ve seen from outside the civil service. Usually it’s been the culmination of work I’ve done, or the confirmation that HM Treasury didn’t agree with it. This time, detached from the feeling of ‘winning’ or ‘losing’, I’ve been focusing on what questions it raises. ...
Friday November 29th, 2013 11:19:00 AM
Government manages its money in a way that no serious business would consider. It focuses mainly on current spending – the money it spends on services and benefits – and hardly at all on the value of what it owns. Network Rail undoubtedly has big debts. That’s why bringing it onto the Government balance sheet - if the Office for National Statistics decides ...
Friday December 20th, 2013 12:00:00 AM
The real problem for our schools is helping the majority who are left untouched by academic selection, writes Philip Collins for The Times.
Wednesday December 18th, 2013 12:00:00 AM
Sutton Trust publishes new report which examines the extent to which parents use money and information to boost their children’s chances of educational success in state schools admissions
Wednesday December 18th, 2013 12:00:00 AM
Research by the Sutton Trust shows how wealthier families are moving home, lying on application forms, feigning religion and paying for tutors to secure school places, writes Graeme Paton in The Telegraph.
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