Think-tanks

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

Early years: valuable ends and effective means

Tuesday July 15th, 2014 11:00:00 PM info@centreforum.org (Tomasz Frosztick)
Janet GraubergJuly 2014 This report sets out ways that early years policy can narrow the opportunity gap between disadvantaged children and their peers. The report urges government to be clearer about how progress towards narrowing the gap should be measured. It calls for greater focus on helping parents develop their children’s home learning environment. It ...

Mental Health Commission: Final Report

Monday July 7th, 2014 11:00:01 PM info@centreforum.org (Tomasz Frosztick)
CentreForum Mental Health CommissionJuly 2014 Chaired by former minister for mental health, Paul Burstow MP, the CentreForum Mental Health Commission concludes its 12 month study on the state of wellbeing in England by identifying five key priorities between now and 2020. The Commission's final report titled 'The pursuit of happiness' calls on policymakers to: • Establish ...

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British Future

Marking a century of Muslim service in British armed forces

Friday July 25th, 2014 03:03:48 PM BFTemp
An event has launched a new Armed Forces Muslim Forum, committed to deepening relationships between the armed forces and Britain’s Muslim communities, writes Sunder Katwala. The post Marking a century of Muslim service in British armed forces appeared first on British Future.

Sol Campbell gives Westminster lecture on racism in football

Wednesday July 23rd, 2014 02:38:04 PM BFTemp
Campbell's decision to tell his life story put his complaints about racism in football in context for this football-illiterate observer, writes Henry Hill. The post Sol Campbell gives Westminster lecture on racism in football appeared first on British Future.

The making of True Brits

Wednesday July 16th, 2014 02:55:49 PM BFTemp
New play True Brits explores two national events - 7/7 and the 2012 Olympics - and one man's journey of identity and integration between them, explains its writer Vinay Patel. The post The making of True Brits appeared first on British Future.

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Centre for Policy Studies

Abolishing the innovation poll tax

Thursday June 26th, 2014 10:00:00 PM
Adam Memon calls for supply-side reforms to the patent process which will reduce the barriers to innovation....

Keith Joseph - Four speeches that shook the world

Thursday June 19th, 2014 10:00:00 PM
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The Road from Serfdom

Tuesday June 17th, 2014 10:00:00 PM
Lord Saatchi, originator of proposals for a £10,000 income tax threshold, puts forward a new Policy, designed to have similar impact to 'Right to...

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Demos

Rethinking incapacity

Friday July 18th, 2014 09:00:00 AM
What does it mean to say that someone is 'incapacitated' – that is, they are not in paid work because of their ill-health or disability? This is no idle theoretical question; there are nearly a million incapacity tests (known as the Work Capability Assessment, or WCA) every year that determine whether people receive benefits, and nearly everyone (from government ...

The Commission on Apprenticeships - a strategy for construction

Monday June 23rd, 2014 03:51:00 PM
Demos is hosting a new cross-party Commission on apprenticeships in the construction sector. Demos will act as secretariat for this commission, providing research support and drafting the final report at the end of the 2014. The report, which will be shaped by guidance and feedback from commissioners, will make recommendations to the sector itself and for apprenticeships ...

Beyond jobs

Friday June 6th, 2014 04:40:00 PM
Over 13 million people in the UK need work that fits around other commitments in their life. They may be carers, living with an unpredictable medical condition, lone parents, partially employed or studying. Some are job seekers; wanting odd hours of employment that can fit around applications and interviews. There is also demand for irregular work. Cafes, shops, ...

Fabian Society

Review: Shredded – Inside RBS, the bank that broke Britain

Thursday July 24th, 2014 10:29:00 AM AnyaPearson
Last month I met up with author Ian Fraser to discuss his must-read new book Shredded – Inside RBS, the Bank that Broke Britain. Shredded, which documents the rise and fall of RBS, is a gripping story that every British taxpayer should read. Fraser considers the book a lens, through which the murky dealings of... Read more »

Business short-termism and the new inequality

Thursday July 24th, 2014 10:06:52 AM AnyaPearson
The British disease of business short termism is entrenched and takes many forms: the UK suffers from low levels of investment in capital and R&D, with companies hoarding cash and buying back shares; there are too many value-destroying acquisitions and restructures, arising from optimism-bias and boardroom hyperactivity; and equities are held for shorter ...

Reshuffles change nothing – our parliament is an emblem of inequality

Thursday July 17th, 2014 04:59:15 PM AnyaPearson
In David Cameron’s recent article for the Mail on Sunday on British values he wrote of his regard for selected ‘British’ institutions. He said: “We should be proud of what Britain has done to … develop these institutions – Parliamentary democracy, a free press, the rule of law’”. But the majority of senior figures in government,... 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

IfG statement on CEO/Civil Service job description

Monday July 28th, 2014 03:39:57 PM mark.mistry
Peter Riddell, Director at the Institute for Government, responds to the release of a job description for the newly-created position of chief executive of the Civil Service.

Policy implementation in the final year

Tuesday July 22nd, 2014 11:00:00 PM mark.mistry
Following the release of new IfG reports on policy implentation, senior researcher Emma Norris presents some top tips for success.  

Lessons from the London Challenge

Tuesday July 22nd, 2014 11:00:00 PM mark.mistry
IfG researcher Marc Kidson blogs for the New Statesman on how lessons learned from implementing the London Challenge could be adopted today.  

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IEA

Marjorie Seldon R.I.P.

Monday July 28th, 2014 09:31:41 AM Richard Wellings
Friends of the IEA will be saddened to hear of the death last month of Marjorie Seldon. Marjorie, who was 94, was the wife of Arthur Seldon, who was the first Editorial Director of the IEA for about thirty years from 1957. Arthur, with Ralph Harris, formed one of ...

‘Does good broadcasting require compulsion?’ The question the BBC won’t address

Friday July 25th, 2014 12:12:53 PM Richard Wellings
Heath’s essential arguments boil down to a defence of the status quo. Yet there is no evident ‘market failure’ in broadcasting and hence all the arguments in favour of the licence fee from Heath are ‘soft’ arguments about ‘what ...

The government is jeopardising competition in the energy market

Thursday July 24th, 2014 11:40:38 AM Richard Wellings
Britain is jeopardising competition and liberalisation at any stage of the market. Retail regulations are denying choice to the consumer; similarly, renewable and nuclear subsidies are shifting from market operators to the government the responsibility of making investment ...

Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Build more homes to strengthen families and reduce poverty

Friday July 25th, 2014 09:19:29 AM Tim Montgomerie
We need a political model that values social as well as economic growth, says Tim Montgomerie. In the war on poverty we need both capitalism and the state. We need the free market economy to create jobs and reward innovation. We need government to invest in public infrastructure and to provide a safety net. But in the great contest between the market and the ...

Should large families face benefit sanctions?

Thursday July 24th, 2014 01:45:45 PM Helen Barnard
As a leading think tank says parents should only be able to claim child benefit for their first four children, Helen Barnard questions what the move would actually achieve.  What’s the best way to save £1 billion? This week the Policy Exchange think tank proposed saving £1 billion over the next parliament by limiting child benefit to the first four ...

Getting just five per cent more single parents into work could save the government £436m

Tuesday July 22nd, 2014 09:08:14 AM Sumi Rabindrakumar
Employment must be made a viable route out of poverty for struggling lone parent families, says Sumi Rabindrakumar. Much has been made recently of the jobs recovery and the return to economic growth. The latest ONS figures show employment levels have once again risen. However, incomes tell a different economic story and, for single parents, it is a grim tale. New ...

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Resolution Foundation

Hangover Cure: Dealing with the household debt overhang as interest rates rise

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The UK is entering a period in which interest rates are expected to start rising again – with the first moves potentially coming later this year – having insufficiently dealt with the debt overhang. This leaves the UK economy vulnerable to even modest increases in interest rates. Our modelling suggests that even a relatively benign unwinding of today’s ...

All accounted for: the case for an ‘all-worker’ earnings measure

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Why the focus on earnings and the self-employed? The measures that we use to track earnings miss out the one in seven workers who is self-employed. Given continually rising self-employment and our knowledge that their earnings have taken a big hit in recent years, this briefing estimates what our most regular measure of earnings would look like with the self-employed ...

Mortgaged Future, Modelling household debt affordability and access to re-financing as interest rates rise

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One in ten of today's mortgagors risk being imprisoned by borrowing deals which are likely to make their repayments unaffordable as interest rates rise over the next four years. Around 770,000 households are both at risk of being 'mortgage prisoners' due to a limited ability to switch to better mortgage deals and therefore insulate themselves against future rate ...

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Sutton Trust

Parliament and Policy: July 2014

Monday July 28th, 2014 12:00:00 AM
July mentions of the Sutton Trust and EEF in Parliament and Policy.

More poor pupils applying to uni - Mail Online

Friday July 25th, 2014 12:00:00 AM
Sutton Trust reaction to new UCAS research on university applications was covered on Mail Online.

SUTTON TRUST WELCOMES GROWTH IN DISADVANTAGED STUDENTS APPLYING TO UNIVERSITY BUT WARNS SIGNIFICANT GAP STILL PERSISTS

Friday July 25th, 2014 12:00:00 AM
Dr Lee Elliot Major, comments new UCAS research on disadvantaged pupils applying to university.

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