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.


Justice Minister addresses CentreForum and the Prison Reform Trust

Wednesday November 19th, 2014 11:19:41 AM (Tom Frostick)
19 November 2014 Rt Hon Simon Hughes MP, Minister for Justice and Civil Liberties, delivered a speech to CentreForum and the Prison Reform Trust which outlined a liberal approach to reforming criminal justice and penal policy. The full text of the speech is below.

A place of sanctuary? Creating a fair and efficient asylum system

Thursday November 6th, 2014 12:00:01 AM (Tom Frostick)
Alasdair MurrayNovember 2014 This paper shows how government can make the UK’s asylum system fairer and more efficient. It argues that the current system is anachronistic in that it was designed to manage a large influx of asylum seekers at the turn of the millennium. Asylum numbers have fallen sharply since then and, while the overall debate about migration ...

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British Future

Free movement: a conundrum for Cameron, and for UKIP too

Friday November 21st, 2014 12:15:36 AM BFTemp
As victory for Mark Reckless in Rochester and Strood gives UKIP its second MP, it also confirms that immigration and the EU look set to remain near the top of David Cameron’s “things to worry about” list The post Free movement: a conundrum for Cameron, and for UKIP too appeared first on British Future.

How to talk about immigration

Wednesday November 19th, 2014 12:01:32 AM BFTemp
British Future’s new report 'How To Talk About Immigration' sets out the challenges for all sides when it comes to discussing and regaining trust on one of the most hotly contested issue in British politics. The post How to talk about immigration appeared first on British Future.

Let the poppies return to the Tower in 2018

Saturday November 8th, 2014 10:08:34 AM Sunder Katwala
Would it not be enormously popular and poignant to see this fantastic installation recreated once again in 2018, in the run up to the centenary of the 1918 armistice itself? The post Let the poppies return to the Tower in 2018 appeared first on British Future.

Centre for European Reform

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:  ...

Video interview on 'The consequences of Brexit for the City of London'

Thursday May 8th, 2014 10:02:30 AM jordan
Media Url: Thumbnail:  js_8may14.jpg John Springford talks about his and Philip Whyte's latest policy brief 'The consequences of Brexit for the City of London'.Author information Author:  ...

Centre for Policy Studies

Answering the West Lothian Question

Sunday November 16th, 2014 11:00:00 PM
Andrew Tyrie MP urges the government to finally answer the West Lothian...

Pink Planning – diluting the red tape

Thursday November 6th, 2014 11:00:00 PM
Leading economist Keith Boyfield, together with top public lawyer Daniel Greenberg, propose a simple solution to Britain’s planning...

Ed Miliband must get serious about labour market reform

Thursday October 30th, 2014 11:00:00 PM
If Britain’s employment success is to continue, politicians of all stripes must learn from Germany’s successful labour market reforms....

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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. ...

Next steps: young Muslims and the professions

Friday September 26th, 2014 05:41:00 PM
Levels of entry into professional/managerial occupations are one measure of how open a society Britain is becoming. With increasing focus on British Muslims over the past ten years, including claims by some of Islamophobia in British society, this project investigates whether British Muslims are underrepresented in the ‘higher professions’. Levels ...

Fabian Society

Fabian Commission on Food and Poverty

Wednesday November 19th, 2014 02:24:22 PM Richard
The rise of the ‘food bank’ has grabbed the headlines in recent months, as more and more people are struggling to put food on the table in the UK. Yet recent research has shown that emergency food use is just the tip of the iceberg – many more people do not have access to the... Read more »

Let’s not overlook older women on the next Equal Pay Day

Friday November 14th, 2014 01:01:20 PM Richard
It’s that time of year again – women have now essentially ‘stopped earning’ due to the 15.7 per cent gender pay gap. While the gap narrowed by around a third between the late 90s and 2010 in the UK, it is escalating once again and this year Equal Pay Day arrived three days earlier than... Read more »

Miliband’s consensual leadership style is a challenge to orthodoxy

Thursday November 13th, 2014 11:26:24 AM Rebecca Staddon

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

Whitehall must up its game to cope with continued austerity post-2015

Monday November 17th, 2014 09:34:44 AM andrew.murphy
Whitehall must up its game to cope with continued austerity post-2015, says new Institute for Government data report The Institute for Government has today, Tuesday 18 November, published its second Whitehall Monitor annual report. The report uses government’s own open data releases to build up a comprehensive picture of government in the UK in 2014, using ...

IfG welcomes PASC quangos report and Cabinet Office’s Review of Public Bodies Classification

Monday November 10th, 2014 04:07:56 PM andrew.murphy
Today’s PASC report on the accountability of arm’s-length government rightly highlights the “confused” and “opaque” system of arm’s-length government in the UK which results in inefficiency and undermines public trust. These findings are in line with the Institute’s previous research.

Why it's so hard to understand what the Chancellor is doing

Tuesday November 18th, 2014 03:29:16 PM andrew.murphy
You may think any story on the government is hard to understand, and you're not alone - even trained researchers can't find some of the data they need. The most thorough survey of the workings of Whitehall has found what we have all long suspected - it's almost impossible to understand what the Chancellor is doing.

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Liberating the housing market through fiscal decentralisation

Thursday November 20th, 2014 11:57:53 AM Richard Wellings
In August, BBC News launched an online calculator which enabled people to work out whether their house was earning more than they did. On the basis of the postcode and some basic information about the property type, this tool calculates the likely annual increase ...

The financial crisis saw the UK become more equal. That was nothing to celebrate

Tuesday November 18th, 2014 10:40:17 AM Richard Wellings
‘The rich keep getting richer’. If you’ve been watching Channel 4 over recent weeks, you will likely have been subjected to unsubstantiated claims such as this. Viewers of last week’s ‘How Rich Are You?’ programme probably came ...

Keynes’s disastrous contribution to economic theory

Monday November 17th, 2014 11:49:34 AM Richard Wellings
Keynesian economics is based on the nonsensical notion that spending on anything will create jobs and growth. How such a fantastic belief ever captured the entire economics community would require an investigation into the role of authority and much else. But unless ...

Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Modern Slavery Bill: 2nd Reading Briefing (House of Lords)

Thursday November 20th, 2014 12:17:45 PM stewart.lee
This briefing outlines some practical ways that the Modern Slavery Bill could be used to help bring down the number of cases of forced labour that are unrelated to human trafficking A-Z Manual Override:  Set the A-Z title automatically A-Z Highlight:  ...

Initial evaluation of the JRF poverty and ethnicity programme

Monday November 17th, 2014 02:39:04 PM craig.barton
This evaluation looks at JRF’s Poverty and Ethnicity programme to date, exploring how the programme can maximise its influence and impact. The programme aims to increase understanding of the relationships between poverty and ethnicity and use this to develop more effective ways of tackling poverty across ethnic groups. Phase 1 of the research programme, which ...

Soaring rent rises to leave nearly 6 million private renters living in poverty by 2040

Friday November 14th, 2014 10:36:00 AM stewart.lee
The current generation of primary school children face paying private rents that are 90% higher than the cost of renting at the start of the recession.   Forecasts for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) show how rents will rise twice as fast as incomes and without action now, more people will be ...

Policy Exchange

The Colin Cramphorn Memorial Prize, awarded to ex-NYPD Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly

Monday November 24th, 2014 05:30:11 PM
Policy Exchange is delighted to award the Colin Cramphorn Memorial Prize to former NYPD Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly. Kelly is the longest serving Commissioner of the New York Police Department in its history - and one of the best known and respected policemen in the world. He was the first person to hold the post for a second, separate tenure.

Specialisation and technology can transform the modern day GP surgery

Wednesday November 19th, 2014 03:41:18 PM
Thomas Cawston, Policy Exchange's Head of Health, argues that technology and stratification are the key to improving general practice. Allowing patients to hold their records and interact with medical professional online could reduce the need for face-to-face appointments. And GPs should stop trying to be all things to all people and specialise instead - the ...

Ministers and policymakers have accepted that “one size fits all” is no longer suitable in today’s NHS

Friday November 14th, 2014 04:45:46 PM
Thomas Cawston, Policy Exchange's Head of Health, sets out why a national approach may not be the most effective way to deliver coordinated health and care services. In a system based on local innovation, and local leadership and ownership of change, Ministers and policymakers need to accept that "one size fits all" is no longer suitable in today's NHS. 

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