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 at the 2014 party conferences

Friday September 27th, 2013 10:32:25 AM (Tomasz Frosztick)
A huge thanks to everyone who took part in our fringe programme this autumn. The 31 events we hosted at the Liberal Democrat conference in Glasgow were attended by over 1,400 people. Our activities sparked a lively discussion on social media and caught the attention of BBC News and The Telegraph among other media outlets. Among the highlights at the other major ...

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British Future

PM: ‘Islamic State’ name ‘an insult to Islam’

Thursday October 16th, 2014 12:33:52 PM BFTemp
Prime Minister David Cameron, speaking on ITV’s The Agenda on Monday about terrorist group ISIS, notably referred to the group as “so-called Islamic State, ”adding: “I don’t think we should call them that because it’s an insult to Islam”. The post PM: ‘Islamic State’ name ‘an insult to Islam’ appeared first on British Future.

Douglas Carswell, UKIP’s optimistic moderniser

Thursday October 9th, 2014 10:07:56 AM BFTemp
Douglas Carswell’s “Bright Purple” venture, to create a future-facing UKIP, may be the most audacious modernisation project in British politics, writes Sunder Katwala. The post Douglas Carswell, UKIP’s optimistic moderniser appeared first on British Future.

British Future are seeking a new Trustee

Monday October 6th, 2014 02:46:45 PM BFTemp
A new Trustee is sought to join a high-calibre Board and Executive Team in developing and executing our strategy. We are particularly keen to recruit a Trustee who can develop the organisation’s work on the effective public communication of the economics of migration, and so who has the experience and networks in this area to play significant leadership and ...

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
Event thumbnail:  labour2sm-1411642140.jpg Event Date information Event date:  Sun, 2014-09-21 17:00 - 19:00 Publish Date:  29 July 2014 Spotlight Image ...

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

Introducing Education Savings Plans

Sunday October 19th, 2014 10:00:00 PM
Henry Cobbe and Alexandra Grant propose encouraging prospective students to build assets to fund their fees and living costs....

NICs: The End Should Be Nigh

Sunday October 12th, 2014 10:00:00 PM
National Insurance Fund exhaustion could occur as soon as next year warns Michael Johnson....

There IS a Cost of Living Crisis

Sunday September 28th, 2014 10:00:00 PM
Leading economist Tim Morgan warns against any sense of complacency over Britain’s economic future despite the recent encouraging...

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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 ...

Having Their Say

Wednesday September 10th, 2014 05:22:00 PM
OVERVIEW Cynicism towards politicians and political parties has grown steadily in the past 30 years.  In 1986, only one in ten Britons said they ‘almost never’ trust governments to place the needs of the nation above the interests of their own party: in 2012 that had risen to one in three. Voting turnout has declined by an average of 10 per cent ...

Fabian Society

Fifty years on: Harold Wilson’s lessons for Ed

Friday October 24th, 2014 10:29:12 AM DaisySrblin
By the time Ed Miliband came into the world on Christmas eve 1969, Harold Wilson had been prime minister for five years, at the helm of only the second-ever majority Labour government. Fifty years on from Wilson’s first election, what lessons are there for Labour’s next prime minister? Britain’s place in the world, the size... Read more »

Time to rethink? A new drugs policy for Labour

Thursday October 23rd, 2014 03:13:42 PM Rebecca Staddon

Hanging together: How a progressive alliance could work in 2015

Wednesday October 22nd, 2014 10:25:41 AM DaisySrblin
The coming months will see an orgy of speculation about the prospects for Lib-Lab co-operation in another hung parliament. Labour insists it is on course for a working majority, but most commentators agree that there is a high probability that neither main party will win the general election outright and that despite their abysmal poll... Read more »

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

Bracken: If retailers operated like government, they’d go bust

Friday October 24th, 2014 03:41:16 PM andrew.murphy
Digital director says civil service held back by big IT, manual, outdated processes and a ‘fetish’ for policy.

Shortage of new housing linked to number of homeowners

Friday October 24th, 2014 08:17:19 AM andrew.murphy
New study tests the theory that levels of home ownership have a negative effect on housing planning decisions in England It is often assumed that homeowners oppose new homes being built in their area but do we know this for a fact? Following the publication of the Lyons Housing Review, a new paper published today by the Institute for Government tested the theory ...

IfG statement on PAC centre of government report

Wednesday October 22nd, 2014 10:54:20 AM andrew.murphy
The PAC’s new report rightly draws attention to the need for a strong, effective and coherent centre in which the constituent parts work well together. - See more at: The PAC’s new report rightly draws attention to the need for a strong, effective and coherent centre in which the ...

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Why childcare subsidies have been ineffective

Friday October 24th, 2014 10:00:29 AM Richard Wellings
The ostensible justifications for subsidising childcare and early education are twofold: to enable more mothers to return to work while their children are young, and to improve the educational performance of children from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds. ...

How should we fund higher education? With a free-market ‘graduate tax’

Thursday October 23rd, 2014 11:10:18 AM Richard Wellings
With no need for government funding, regulation can be significantly reduced and universities freed to expand and develop new and innovative courses and teaching methods. They could offer further education, develop apprenticeship programmes and build on this country’s ...

Caliphs and capitalism

Wednesday October 22nd, 2014 11:30:06 AM Richard Wellings
An overview of the practices of early caliphs shows they promoted innovative and dynamic economies. Would-be pretenders who wish to bear their mantle ought to keep in mind that the benefits from enlarged markets are far greater than those from rapine and intolerance. ...

Joseph Rowntree Foundation

What will housing affordability look like in 2040?

Friday October 24th, 2014 02:19:53 PM stewart.lee
17 November 2014 - 10:00am - 1:00pm This is a Joseph Rowntree Foundation event and first in a series of seminars exploring how housing can offer both a spring board out of poverty and buffer against its worst effects. To target limited affordable housing resources effectively it is vital that we understand ...

A credible plan to tackle poverty must go beyond election-friendly headlines

Monday October 20th, 2014 04:01:58 PM Helen Barnard
Alan Milburn this week warned that the parties were failing to address poverty. With poverty on the political agenda, Helen Barnard assesses where their plans need to go further. With an election looming, all the political parties are firing out policies and promises: competing to sound ‘tough’, ‘responsible’ and ‘fair’ and to show that they can improve ...

Festival of Economics

Thursday October 16th, 2014 01:40:27 PM stewart.lee
22 November 2014 - 3:00pm - 4:30pm The Festival of Economics brings together economists and other experts from the UK to debate with the general public on key economic questions.  It aims to provoke wider learner and debate about economics.  This year’s festival looks at money, the benefits ...

Policy Exchange

The last word on Piketty

Tuesday November 11th, 2014 08:15:00 AM
Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century is easily the most talked about economics book of the year, if not the decade. In this public panel discussion, Policy Exchange brings together some of the leading voices on Piketty’s work to discuss what its lasting influence will be.

Markets for the Many? How Capitalism Changed the World

Monday November 10th, 2014 06:00:00 PM
Policy Exchange is delighted to host Professor Deirdre McCloskey for a speech on how capitalism has changed the world. Professor McCloskey argues that capitalism – or ‘market-tested innovation’, in her words – has increased the standard of living of the average worker by a factor of at least sixteen. The event will be chaired by Matt Ridley.

"Teaching character education in schools is a waste of time"

Tuesday November 4th, 2014 12:45:10 PM
Both Nicky Morgan and Tristram Hunt have recently argued for schools to do more to teach ‘character, resilience and grit’. But are these skills really important, and most importantly can they be taught in an effective way which addresses the problems identified? This event will pit two sceptics of the role of formal teaching of character skills against ...

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