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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

Moving beyond Mansion Tax

Friday May 15th, 2015 01:00:01 AM info@centreforum.org (Tom Frostick)
India Keable-Elliott and Tom Papworth with Tom Frostick and Nikki SticklandMay 2015 This report argues that the Council Tax band system in Britain should be abolished and replaced with a flat rate levy set by individual local authorities. Revenue from homes valued at £2 million or below would be retained by councils to pay for local services, while revenue ...

Unbiased capital: making tax work for business

Thursday April 30th, 2015 01:00:01 AM info@centreforum.org (Tom Frostick)
India Keable-Elliott and Tom PapworthApril 2015 Equity investments are taxed four times – through Stamp Duty, Corporation Tax, Income Tax and Capital Gains Tax – while interest payments on debt are treated as a business expense and are thus tax deductible. This 'debt bias' stifles innovative SMEs in the early stages of their development, preventing them ...

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 ...

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British Future

New research shows ethnic minority votes increasingly up for grabs

Monday May 25th, 2015 06:00:34 AM BFTemp
New research shows ethnic minority votes are increasingly up for grabs, with Conservatives closing the gap on Labour. The post New research shows ethnic minority votes increasingly up for grabs appeared first on British Future.

High net migration needs practical response, not distractions

Wednesday May 20th, 2015 06:39:30 PM BFTemp
Tackling illegal immigration may reassure the public, but it won't distract them from the high net migration figures. A more practical response is needed. The post High net migration needs practical response, not distractions appeared first on British Future.

Scots still 50/50 on independence in next decade – new poll

Sunday May 17th, 2015 06:00:44 AM BFTemp
A new poll from British Future finds only 52% of Scots think independence will come in the next ten years - while 73% back new powers for Scotland. The post Scots still 50/50 on independence in next decade – new poll appeared first on British Future.

Centre for European Reform

ECFR's the world in 30 minutes: Riga summit

Friday May 29th, 2015 02:09:46 PM Kate
Media Url:  https://soundcloud.com/ecfr/ecfrs-world-in-30-minutes-riga-summit?in=ecfr/sets/ecfr-special Thumbnail:  ian_bond_july13_sm.jpg ECFR's director Mark Leonard speaks to Ian Bond, director of Foreign Policy at the CER, ...

Ian Bond on Latvian Public Broadcasting: В Риге открываетса саммит "Восточного партнерства"

Friday May 22nd, 2015 11:54:06 AM Anna
Media Url:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7E7bhjsjb4 Thumbnail:  ian_bond_july13_sm.jpg Ian Bond speaks to Latvian Public Broadcasting about his low expectations of the Riga Summit (2:18).Author information Author:  ...

UK - Road to EU renegotiation for re-elected British PM

Tuesday May 12th, 2015 04:13:53 PM Anna
Media Url:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-F3ld-cBCI&feature=youtu.be Thumbnail:  ian_bond_july13_sm.jpg Ian Bond speaks to France 24 on how Cameron will seek to re-negotiate with the EUAuthor information Author:  ...

Centre for Policy Studies

A Suggestion for the Housing and Planning Minister

Monday May 18th, 2015 11:00:00 PM
Keith Boyfield and Daniel Greenberg urge Brandon Lewis to seize the opportunity of a new Government to tackle Britain’s housing...

Some suggestions for the new pensions minister

Thursday May 14th, 2015 11:00:00 PM
Pensions analyst Michael Johnson urges new pensions minister Ros Altmann to continue with the bold reforms that her predecessor...

Unleashing the Sharing Economy

Sunday May 10th, 2015 11:00:00 PM
The Government should go further and faster to promote the Sharing...

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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

Shattering the glass ceiling: Fabian Women’s Network Mentoring Programme

Tuesday May 26th, 2015 11:22:48 AM DaisySrblin
As a mentee from the second cohort of the Fabian Women’s Network (FWN) Mentoring Scheme, I had the honour of speaking at the launch of the FWN Cracks in the Glass Ceiling report in Portcullis House last year. It’s an evening that in many ways I would not have had the pleasure, skills or nerve... Read more »

News: Labour leadership election and the Fabians

Thursday May 21st, 2015 03:37:46 PM AnyaPearson
The Fabian Society is affiliated to the Labour Party and all full members of the society are eligible to vote in the forthcoming election for Leader and Deputy Leader. If your address is in Greater London you are also eligible to vote in the Mayoral Primary. Associate members are not eligible to vote (ie Fabian... Read more »

The UK should be proud to help refugees where it can

Wednesday May 13th, 2015 04:56:38 PM AnyaPearson
Theresa May has rejected the new EU scheme that seeks to distribute refugees fairly across the EU. Much like the UNHCR scheme to resettle Syrian refugees, the UK will not take part. However, unlike the UN scheme, the EU scheme is addressing a situation caused by their own policy. According to the Dublin Regulation, refugees... Read more »

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

Statement in response to the Queen's Speech, May 2015

Wednesday May 27th, 2015 12:40:08 PM nicole.valentinuzzi
Peter Riddell, Director of the Institute for Government, said: “The legislative programme announced today in the Queen’s Speech contains some very ambitious policy commitments. While these are consistent with the Conservatives’ manifesto pledges, they can only be turned into action and positive change through effective implementation.  Too often in the ...

Statement in response to the appointment of Matt Hancock as Minister for Cabinet Office

Monday May 11th, 2015 04:47:30 PM nicole.valentinuzzi
Peter Riddell, Director of the Institute for Government said: “The Institute for Government welcomes the appointment of Matt Hancock as Minister for Efficiency and Civil Service Reform, following the extensive work and personal commitment of Francis Maude over the past five years. Political leadership is crucial to securing lasting changes to the way central ...

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 ...

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IEA

The risks of lifting the minimum wage

Thursday May 28th, 2015 09:47:17 AM Kristian Niemietz
Why is it a moral imperative for employers to pay whatever the living wage happens to be when the level of the living wage is largely controlled by government policy? If the government decides to be more liberal with planning policies and reduce alcohol taxes, the ...

'Chavismo' is not just an economic failure - it's a social failure too

Wednesday May 27th, 2015 11:13:52 AM Kristian Niemietz
Only last year, Owen Jones touted Chávez’ “key strategy [of using] oil riches to fund social programmes.” Well, it turns out even that was a mirage, as a ground-breaking report from Caracas-based think tank CEDICE shows. Using ...

Thatcher started the regulatory tide

Tuesday May 26th, 2015 10:52:27 AM Kristian Niemietz
Big Bang was not a simple act of deregulation. It involved the government restricting independent regulatory institutions (mainly the Stock Exchange) that had evolved within the market and then – shortly afterwards – replacing them with statutory regulation ...

Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Social Policy Association Annual Conference

Thursday May 28th, 2015 11:50:08 AM stewart.lee
6 July 2015 - 9:00am - 8 July 2015 - 5:00pm JRF’s Chris Goulden, Head of Policy and Research, is attending this event and is also one of the judges for the SPA awards.  Mary O’Hara, Award-winning journalist based in Los Angeles (writer on health, poverty and social justice in the US and the UK) ...

JRF responds to the Queen’s Speech

Wednesday May 27th, 2015 02:41:07 PM daniel.wigglesworth
Julia Unwin, Chief Executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, said: "Today’s Queen’s Speech highlighted the Government’s eagerness to increase productivity and boost living standards. But it won't bring costs to taxpayers down unless there is real progress on providing more homes for rent, decent jobs which ensure ...

Queen’s Speech needs to tackle drivers of the benefits bill to reduce spending

Tuesday May 26th, 2015 03:01:02 PM Katie Schmuecker
Cutting welfare is false economy without better jobs and more affordable homes, says Katie Schmuecker. Two defining areas for this government will be its record in reducing poverty and reducing spending on benefits. This can only be achieved through actions to tackle the root causes of poverty, and tomorrow’s Queen’s Speech is its first opportunity to set ...

Policy Exchange


Progress

Don’t get angry, get organised

Thursday May 28th, 2015 11:30:26 AM Felicity Slater
In his first queen’s speech of the new term, as expected, David Cameron set Britain en route to a referendum on its membership of the European Union. While the full terms of the referendum are still to be confirmed, we know that pro-Europeans are in for the fight of our lives. Our only task must …

True blue, not blue collar

Thursday May 28th, 2015 11:25:35 AM Roy Rickhuss
David Cameron went all out at his first cabinet meeting this month to portray the Conservative party as the ‘real party of working people’. Yet the first act of this government, shown in the queen’s speech, is to restrict the rights of working people and bring in the most regressive union laws in Europe.  This …

The referendum starting gun has been fired

Thursday May 28th, 2015 11:20:38 AM Catherine Stihler MEP
The European Union referendum starting gun has been fired. Sometime between now and the end of 2017 we will vote on whether or not Britain should remain in the EU. It is likely it could be held next year in order to avoid it taking place while the UK holds the EU presidency and there are …

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