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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

Reforming retail energy markets

Monday April 13th, 2015 01:00:01 AM info@centreforum.org (Tom Frostick)
Tom Papworth and Patrick Day with Josh ThomasApril 2015 Commissioned by comparethemarket.com, this report finds that confusing tariffs and badly presented billing information are stopping people from getting the best deal on their energy. It warns that rates of switching have been in decline since 2012, despite efforts by the coalition government and watchdog ...

Rethinking the Blair Doctrine

Thursday April 2nd, 2015 01:00:01 AM info@centreforum.org (Tom Frostick)
Nick TyroneApril 2015 On the 24 April 1999, Tony Blair gave a speech to the Economic Club of Chicago in which he outlined what he described as the 'Doctrine for the International Community', but quickly became known as the 'Blair Doctrine'. This paper argues that the former PM's rules of engagement remain a solid starting point for devising a liberal approach ...

A labour of love?

Friday March 27th, 2015 11:54:20 AM info@centreforum.org (Tom Frostick)
Tom Frostick and Chris ThoungMarch 2015 If the Labour party enters government in May 2015 it plans to reduce the undergraduate tuition fees cap in England from £9,000 to £6,000 a year. It also wants to increase maintenance grant support for students from lower income backgrounds. This analysis finds that the negatives of the proposal – judged by what Labour ...

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British Future

Ellie, 19, tells us why young people should use their vote

Friday April 24th, 2015 06:52:09 PM BFTemp
Ellie, 19, tells us why young people should use their vote - and why it's politicians responsibility to encourage those who don't The post Ellie, 19, tells us why young people should use their vote appeared first on British Future.

Voices of a Generation – Connie

Friday April 24th, 2015 06:00:37 AM BFTemp
Helen caught up with Connie, 17, from Barnsley while she was in London for British Future's Voice of a Generation event to see what she thought about politics and politicians. The post Voices of a Generation – Connie appeared first on British Future.

British Future is recruiting!

Thursday April 23rd, 2015 07:00:55 PM BFTemp
We are recruiting for an experienced project co-ordinator for the project “An Unknown and Untold Story – The Muslim Contribution to The First World War”, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund The post British Future is recruiting! appeared first on British Future.

Centre for European Reform

Video interview on 'Cleaning the neighbourhood: How the EU can scrub out bad energy policy'

Wednesday April 22nd, 2015 12:36:22 PM Kate
Media Url:  https://vimeo.com/125230401 Thumbnail:  515264050_150x84.jpg Stephen Tindale discusses how the EU should not buy electricity from countries with highly-polluting coal power stations in his most recent policy brief.Author ...

CER/UCL panel discussion on 'Britain & Europe: Pathways to EU reform'

Monday March 30th, 2015 11:09:46 AM Anna
Media Url:  https://vimeo.com/122525255 Thumbnail:  Britain and Europe UCL.jpg Panel discussion to launch UCL's 2-year series on Britain & Europe with Wolfgang Blau, Richard Corbett, Deirdre Curtin and Charles ...

Video interview on 'Frozen: The politics and economics of sanctions against Russia'

Monday March 16th, 2015 10:34:00 AM Anna
Media Url:  https://vimeo.com/122211508 Thumbnail:  download.png Ian Bond and Christian Odendahl discuss Western sanctions against Russia and the findings of their latest policy brief. Author information Author:  ...

Centre for Policy Studies

Competition can Crush Crony Corporatism

Thursday April 23rd, 2015 11:00:00 PM
Urgent policy reform is needed to reclaim popular capitalism from crony...

Real Finnish Lessons: The true story of an education superpower

Tuesday April 14th, 2015 11:00:00 PM
Gabriel Heller Sahlgren challenges conventional wisdom regarding the reasons for Finland’s remarkable education...

Is Public Borrowing Justified if for Investment Only?

Wednesday April 1st, 2015 11:00:00 PM
The idea has received renewed interest in the current election campaign and in the context of the ongoing deficit/debt reduction debate. But is it...

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Demos

Life to the full

Friday February 20th, 2015 12:18:00 PM
OverviewAt least 49,000 children in the UK have a life-limiting or life-threatening illness, and as many as 800,000 are living with a disability. During their lives, these children and their families can expect to need support for their condition from a staggering number of services – from health and care (including palliative care), to specialist equipment ...

CASM and Sunday Times: The Twitter election

Tuesday February 17th, 2015 11:29:00 AM
As the election campaigns get underway, there is a new battleground: Twitter. Tweets are the newest weapons in the political arsenal, and Demos CASM is partnering with the Sunday Times to cover this new digital side of politics and campaigning. The Centre for the Analysis of Social Media has been learning how to listen to huge numbers of Tweets for some time. ...

The Digital Democracy Series

Friday January 23rd, 2015 10:33:00 AM
The Digital Democracy Series: how technology can reconnect people with politics. Demos’ Centre for the Analysis of Social Media (CASM) and the Citizenship and Political Participation Programme are launching a new series of projects on Digital Democracy. Demos has started a large new series of work to scope and map the opportunities to begin to include ...

Fabian Society

Fifteen for 2015: Jess Asato – One of our own

Monday April 27th, 2015 10:00:45 AM AnyaPearson
The Young Fabians are proud to call Jess Asato one of our own. A long-standing member of the executive committee and Chair in 2003/04, Jess continues to support the organisation that became her first political home to this day- speaking at events, writing for Anticipations, and flying the Fabian flag as a member of the senior... Read more »

The challenge for labour: Digital opportunities for prosperity

Thursday April 23rd, 2015 03:00:39 PM DaisySrblin
The general election campaign has focused heavily on the state of the British economy, with debate centred on the scale and pace of deficit reduction as well as the fair distribution of the subsequent burden. This is as it should be: the next government will be under great scrutiny with regards to the deficit. But... Read more »

Of mandarins and ministers: Securing power, not just office

Thursday April 23rd, 2015 10:00:53 AM DaisySrblin
Ed Miliband’s Labour government will take office in the toughest of circumstances: our public services on the rack because of cuts, a weak economy with hesitant growth based upon personal debt, housing assets and consumer spending, and with a record trade deficit. Despite the constant Tory mantra, ‘it’s the deficit, stupid!’, all their targets on... Read ...

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 03:04:19 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

New data on the impact of coalition reforms by department

Tuesday March 31st, 2015 03:41:42 PM andrew.murphy
Every government department agreed a set of ‘impact indicators’ in 2010, designed to ‘help the public to judge whether policies and reforms are having the effect they want’. Five years later, we analyse the data to see how each indicator has performed. Every one of the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) indicators of success have moved in ...

We need to rewrite the political rulebook

Monday March 30th, 2015 09:23:19 AM nicole.valentinuzzi
As Parliament is dissolved and we face the prospect of another hung parliament, the Institute for Government learns the lessons of coalition, calls on overseas experience – and advocates reform The long-established two-party rule of UK politics has changed – possibly forever – and many aspects of the system need rethinking, argues a new paper by the Institute ...

How to build an effective government

Thursday March 26th, 2015 12:31:28 AM andrew.murphy
A set of decisions made soon after our next government is formed will help decide whether it can deliver on its policy ambitions, says the Institute for Government: here’s our recipe for success.

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IEA

If politicans are serious about house building targets, they must deregulate planning laws

Monday April 27th, 2015 12:11:16 PM Kristian Niemietz
Ed Milliband promises to build 200,000 more homes by 2020, but if he is serious about this, he must go a lot further, and advocate a total deregulation of planning laws. The aim should be to take the politics out of planning and reduce bureaucracy. ...

Income inequality: the facts

Thursday April 23rd, 2015 12:14:15 PM Kristian Niemietz
In the UK, the Gini coefficient rose from 30.0 to 36.8 between 1985 and 1990. Since 1990, it has ranged from 32.3 and 36.2. In 2012/13, the Gini coefficient was 33.2, which is the same as it was in 1987 and more than three points lower than the 1990 peak. Other standard ...

Transatlantic trade deal is ‎a step in the right direction

Wednesday April 22nd, 2015 11:11:04 AM Kristian Niemietz
Mutual recognition is preferable to harmonisation because it preserves regulatory competition while also reducing the compliance burden on exporters. It was the preferred mechanism to make regulations compatible between EU Member States until the 1990s – not ...

Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Wales’ new child poverty strategy will make a difference – but it still needs more clout

Thursday April 23rd, 2015 11:53:22 AM Frank Soodeen
With almost a third of children in poverty, Wales’ approach to tackling poverty must leave no stone unturned, says Frank Soodeen. The UK has a mixed record when it comes to developing anti-poverty strategies. There is a lot to welcome in the Welsh Government’s new Child Poverty Strategy 2015 but still more to be done around the detail. Following a lengthy ...

Liveable lives: Understanding everyday help and support in Glasgow

Monday April 20th, 2015 02:15:07 PM stewart.lee
19 May 2015 - 9:30am - 12:05pm JRF are holding an event to launch a new study. The report will focus on a better understanding how informal and formal support happens in local communities and to help organisations improve the support they offer. If you have an interest in neighbourhoods, community assets, ...

What future for Universal Credit?

Monday April 20th, 2015 12:42:31 PM Chris Goulden
Universal Credit can’t reduce poverty on its own, says Chris Goulden. New figures have been released, showing what’s happening with Universal Credit (UC), the Government’s flagship welfare reform. It is a policy that is generally supported in most manifestos – although with qualifications for some. The Conservatives would continue directly with the ongoing ...

Policy Exchange


Progress

Anonymity argument threatens to turn back the clock

Monday April 27th, 2015 10:40:42 AM Vera Baird
Vulnerable victims believe that the establishment covers up when highly placed men are accused of sexual abuse, and the Lowell Goddard inquiry seems to confirm that they are right. Ever more colour is added to their fears when each time a celebrity is acquitted of sex crimes the establishment calls, yet again, for rape defendants to …

Labour has a better plan to tackle extreme inequality

Sunday April 26th, 2015 09:00:08 AM Mary Creagh
This week marked the two-year anniversary of the Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh. 1,100 people died that day, crushed when their factory collapsed, many of them making clothes for the British high street. A report out this week by Human Rights Watch shows that disregard of garment workers’ rights in Bangladesh continues. Workers suffer physical …

The ramifications of Tower Hamlets

Friday April 24th, 2015 10:26:59 AM Sara Ibrahim
This election campaign has been criticised by some commentators as being relatively uneventful. However, some things worthy of being reported are not always evident at the time they happen. So it has proven with the hard hitting judgment of Electoral Commissioner Richard Mawrey QC, handed down in the High Court yesterday. Almost 11 months on …

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