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 proposals to Budget 2014

Friday March 14th, 2014 12:00:01 AM (Tomasz Frosztick)
Adam Corlett, Toby Fenwick and Tom PapworthMarch 2014 In its formal submission to Budget 2014, CentreForum urges the government to scrap Class 2 National Insurance – a "poll tax" on self-employed people – to ease living cost pressures for the one in seven UK workers currently running their own business. It is estimated that half of these workers have annual ...

Tenth anniversary of the Orange Book – call for papers

Monday March 10th, 2014 10:39:20 AM (Tomasz Frosztick)
To mark the ten year anniversary of the Orange Book, CentreForum is commissioning a new publication ‘The challenges facing contemporary liberalism: 2015-2025’ which will be launched at a special conference in June. As part of this initiative, we are running an essay competition inviting participants to focus on a particular challenge confronting liberals ...

Character and Resilience Manifesto

Monday February 10th, 2014 12:00:00 AM (Tomasz Frosztick)
APPG on Social Mobility with CentreForum and Character CountsFebruary 2014 Chris Paterson, Claire Tyler and Jen Lexmond Why do some talented children grow up to fulfil their ambitions while others never realise their full potential? How do we create a country in which a person’s life chances are determined by their talent, not the circumstances of their birth? ...

Adam Smith Institute

HMRC is intending to sell anonymised tax data

Sunday April 20th, 2014 06:00:30 AM tim
It appears that HMRC is going to be selling anonymised tax data. Government plans to share taxpayers' data with private firms were condemned as "borderline insane" by a senior Conservative MP. Under the proposals, HM Revenue and Customs would be allowed to release anonymised information to third parties including companies, researchers and public bodies where ...

Something of a blow to one of Polly's pet peeves

Saturday April 19th, 2014 06:00:30 AM tim
We're all aware of one of Polly Toynbee's little foibles: her insistence that because the people who own successful newspapers aren't left wing therefore the true left wing nature of our society gets overlooked and overruled.

As I've been telling you for a couple of years now

Friday April 18th, 2014 06:00:30 AM tim

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British Future

Voice of a Generation: The final three

Thursday April 17th, 2014 04:58:53 PM BFTemp
The hunt for our 'Voice of a Generation' is almost over. Hundreds of entrants have been whittled down to three finalists: meet Chanté Joseph, Helen Whitehouse and Kieran Etoria-King as they visit the Daily Mirror offices for the final round.The post Voice of a Generation: The final three appeared first on British Future.

Marathon brings out best of London

Tuesday April 15th, 2014 02:34:49 PM BFTemp
Last Sunday I ran the London Marathon to raise money for Shelter. I increasingly loved training for it and enjoyed aspects of running the marathon itself, but it was the atmosphere in London on the day that really made the experience, writes Helena Stroud.The post Marathon brings out best of London appeared first on British Future.

Is Nigel Farage hurting the Eurosceptic cause?

Friday April 4th, 2014 10:38:39 AM BFTemp
As Farage makes the political weather, he worries pro-Europeans and cheers up those who would like Britain to get out of the EU. But should that be the other way around, asks Sunder Katwala.The post Is Nigel Farage hurting the Eurosceptic cause? appeared first on British Future.

Centre for European Reform

Keynote speech at the launch of 'How to build a modern European Union'

Wednesday March 5th, 2014 04:48:44 PM Kate
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Video interview on the way ahead for Ukraine

Friday February 28th, 2014 10:12:46 AM Kate
Media Url: Thumbnail:  ib_28feb14.jpg Video interview with Ian Bond, director for foreign policy at the CER on the way ahead for Ukraine. Author information Author:  ...

Video interview on 'The Great British trade-off: The impact of leaving the EU on the UK's trade and investment'

Monday January 20th, 2014 09:38:09 AM Kate
Media Url: Thumbnail:  st_20jan14.jpg Simon Tilford and John Springford discuss their latest CER policy brief 'The Great British trade-off: The impact of leaving the EU on the UK's trade and investment'.Author ...

Centre for Policy Studies

Deploying the Saudi Oil Weapon Against Russia

Tuesday March 25th, 2014 11:00:00 PM
The West should target a crucial vulnerability of Russia: its general economic weakness and its heavy dependency on oil revenue, writes Neil...

Not Paved With Gold

Thursday March 13th, 2014 11:00:00 PM
The widely held assumption that high government expenditure can have a positive impact on GDP growth is challenged by Brian...

Why every serious environmentalist should favour fracking

Thursday December 5th, 2013 11:00:00 PM
Both global warming and air pollution can be mitigated by the responsible development and utilisation of shale...

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Getting Out the Vote

Thursday April 3rd, 2014 11:28:00 AM
OVERVIEW Turnout in European elections is historically low, and is likely to remain so in those forthcoming. Political institutions are caught in a long decline of trust and confidence that has steadily undercut their ability to inspire and mobilise voters, and anti-establishment populist parties are beginning to fill the vacuum. Increasing voter turnout is ...

Below the radar

Thursday April 3rd, 2014 09:29:00 AM
Social media have generated enormous bodies of data that can tell significant stories about society and its interests. This project aims to use these datasets to shine a light on ‘below-the-radar’ (BTR) informal activity that takes place in the UK. A key finding of the recent Demos report Service Generation was that social media have created ...

Good jobs

Wednesday April 2nd, 2014 11:47:00 AM
The concept of ‘good jobs’ touches on a number of very current public policy questions. These include how to achieve higher living standards in an era of lower public spending, how to promote social mobility beyond the first twenty-one years of people’s lives, and how to ensure that people’s working lives contribute to their happiness ...

Fabian Society

Recruiting…Head of Partnerships and Events

Thursday April 17th, 2014 01:36:24 PM Richard

Gender flips: Will role reversal help us reverse sexism?

Wednesday April 16th, 2014 10:45:17 AM AnyaPearson
Laughing out loud is not my usual reaction to feminist activism, but Leah Green’s gender flip video for the Guardian, inspired by stories from Everyday Sexism, had just that impact. Green approaches men and repeats lines that women report have been said to them. The sight of Green completely straight faced asking if she can... Read more »

Women in the army: Fighting through the armoured glass ceiling

Tuesday April 15th, 2014 09:38:22 AM AnyaPearson
Last week the head of the British army, General Sir Peter Wall, boldly suggested that the army may allow women to serve in frontline combat roles in the near future. This is a far cry from the army’s traditional stance and it could be a turning point in the fight for female emancipation within the... 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.

Institute for Fiscal Studies

Death to the death tax?

Friday April 4th, 2014 08:51:00 AM,
Last week the Prime Minister, David Cameron, stated that he would like to increase the inheritance tax (IHT) threshold, reviving memories of the 2010 Conservative Party manifesto pledge to increase the threshold to £1 million. Such a reform would leave IHT affecting few estates and bringing in little revenue, perhaps raising the question of whether it was worth ...

No new money, yet more generous support for childcare

Tuesday March 18th, 2014 01:51:00 PM,,
Last year’s Budget announced several major changes to the way in which the government proposed to support childcare for working families. After considering the responses to the public consultation on these proposals, the Government has today announced more details on its new Tax Free Childcare scheme and the way in which childcare will be supported in Universal ...

Scotland's fiscal position worsened in 2012–13 as North Sea revenues fell

Wednesday March 12th, 2014 04:00:00 PM
Today, the Scottish Government published the latest version of its annual Government Expenditure and Revenues Scotland (GERS) publication covering 2012–13. The IFS will be publishing a full report on these figures and the last pre-referendum update of our assessment of Scotland’s fiscal position next month. But what are the key findings that jump out of the ...

Institute for Government

Britain's idle Parliament

Friday April 4th, 2014 11:00:00 PM mark.mistry
The Economist notes that MPs have more time on their hands as a result of little parliamentary activity.  

Special advisers: focus on quality, not quantity

Friday April 4th, 2014 09:23:04 AM mark.mistry
Peter Hoskin reviews Nick Hillman's essay on the role of special advisers in Whitehall and Westminster.

IfG welcomes new Civil Service think tank

Thursday April 3rd, 2014 08:19:10 AM mark.mistry
Peter Riddell welcomes the launch of GovernUp, a new think tank aimed at improving the Civil Service.


Small firms, giant leaps: Small businesses and the road to full employment - Publication

Friday April 18th, 2014 12:00:00 AM
This report explores the role that small and medium-sized businesses can play in promoting full employment and helping people to overcome barriers to work, and the support they need to achieve this.

Why UK Plc must back its tortoises rather than its hare - Article

Thursday April 17th, 2014 05:04:30 PM
Last week Labour leader Ed Miliband gave a speech in Birmingham which set out plans to create “hundreds of thousands of high-skilled, high-paid private sector jobs” in cities outside London.

Politicians beware: public should not be patronised in debate on devolution - Article

Wednesday April 16th, 2014 12:00:59 PM
Future of England survey shows people hold strong views on provision of services and can see failings of centralised control.


Was Cardinal Nichols right to speak out on welfare? (Part 1)

Thursday April 17th, 2014 10:55:15 AM Richard Wellings
The Cardinal said that the safety net had been torn apart. He did not say that the safety net had holes in, but that it no longer exists. This is simply not true. People may be falling through the net; however, with £200 billion being spent on cash welfare benefits ...

What Britain can learn from Canada and Australia

Wednesday April 16th, 2014 10:10:22 AM Richard Wellings
As Britain's short term growth prospects improve, pressure for further economic reforms recedes. Over the past two years Parliament has enacted few structural reforms, and the pace is likely to slow even further up until the next election. Perhaps it is time to ...

A quiet revolution in the case for tax cuts

Tuesday April 15th, 2014 09:55:13 AM Richard Wellings
Recognising that the models used by the OBR and the Institute for Fiscal Studies tend to underestimate the full impact of tax rate changes, Osborne has encouraged the use of modelling – dynamic scoring – that accounts for the positive long-term effects ...

Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Why are essential social care workers so undervalued?

Thursday April 17th, 2014 08:45:59 AM John Kennedy
Ahead of BBC’s ‘Protecting Our Parents’ series, John Kennedy highlights the demanding and often undervalued nature of social care work. Tonight BBC 2 will be showing Protecting Our Parents, the first of three programmes highlighting the challenges we face in caring for our parents and grandparents. The programme will look at the perspectives of older ...

Julia Unwin receives Honorary Doctorate

Friday April 11th, 2014 03:00:46 PM stewart.lee
Chief Executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation Julia Unwin CBE, is to be awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of South Wales on Monday 14 April, as part of the University’s celebrations to welcome its new Chancellor Lord (Rowan) Williams.  Lord Williams’s first duties as Chancellor ...

How to close the stark employment gap between young people from different ethnic backgrounds

Thursday April 10th, 2014 10:18:56 AM Ceri Hughes
Young people from Black and some Asian ethnic backgrounds continue to face the biggest challenges in the job market, a new report has found. Ceri Hughes looks at what can be done. Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups often experience disadvantage in the labour market. The Work Foundation’s new report highlights this disadvantage using data from the 2011 ...

Policy Exchange

What should the political parties promise on education in 2015?

Saturday June 7th, 2014 08:00:00 AM
As we approach the next General Election, Policy Exchange is hosting a high profile one day Education Conference to discuss what the political parties should commit to in their manifestos for 2015. We are delighted that the Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove, and the Shadow Secretary of State for Education, Tristram Hunt, have both agreed to give ...

Cities 2030: The future for post-industrial cities - lessons from the UK and US

Tuesday June 3rd, 2014 07:45:05 AM
Policy Exchange and the Manhattan Institute are delighted to invite you to a major one day conference in London on the future for post-industrial cities. Speakers include a range of academics, politicians and officials with direct experience in how to make cities more beautiful, safer and economically vibrant places, with a particular emphasis on lessons from ...

Unleashing Innovation with Matt Ridley, Author of "The Rational Optimist"

Tuesday May 13th, 2014 05:15:00 PM
As part of our upcoming Road to 2015 series, Policy Exchange is delighted to host Matt Ridley, renowned writer and thinker, for his inaugural lecture as Visiting Scholar at Policy Exchange. Ridley will discuss the link between innovation and economic growth – and why this should be the key theme at the next General Election.

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Resolution Foundation

Zeroing In

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The use of zero hours contracts should be reformed to ensure that flexibility can be maintained and workers' rights strengthened to help eradicate misuse. This report makes a number of recommendations that respond to these concerns and seek to strike a better balance, providing protection and choice for workers while ensuring flexibility is maintained for employers: To ...

Have we lost our bouncebackability?

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In the light of latest OBR forecasts and the 2014 Budget, this paper considers where anticipated growth can come from. In the absence of widely-shared wage growth, can the UK economy grow above trend without a surge in credit? Or, must we resign ourselves to a period of subdued recovery? After years of disappointment, economic growth in 2013 surpassed ...

Analysing the impact of increasing the personal tax allowance to £10,500 in 2015

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A rise in the personal tax allowance expected in Wednesday’s Budget would lift roughly 200,000 people out of income tax and result in a modest reduction in income tax for 25 million workers earning between £10.5k and £121k at an annual cost of £1.4 billion. The Chancellor is expected to announce that the tax threshold will rise to around ...

Social Market Foundation

Self-employment: not just for the downturn

Wednesday April 16th, 2014 11:56:00 AM
Today’s ONS figures show the self-employed account for just under 15% of total employment, the highest it has been in two decades. The numbers in self-employment have grown by over 7% in year, compared to growth of just 1.6% in the number of employees. SMF Chief Economist Nida Broughton asks whether this a good thing or not?....

From the SMF Archive: Economist On Economist Violence

Friday April 11th, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Don’t underestimate consumer power

Tuesday April 8th, 2014 01:10:00 PM
As the economy is starting to recover, there has been a ferocious debate about the cost of living and the squeeze this has forced on middle-income families. Ed Miliband’s speech today was full of references to households’ worries about bills and rising prices. But how households actually react to and cope with the squeeze is discussed much less.....

Sutton Trust

A Taste of Honey 50 years on - Times

Tuesday April 15th, 2014 12:00:00 AM
Carol Midgley referred to Sutton Trust social mobility research in a Times article on Salford since the 1950s.

Top stories from around the world - Sunday Times

Sunday April 13th, 2014 12:00:00 AM
The Sutton Trust/IFS research featured in the Sunday Times weekly big data round up.

Intelligent reforms of student loans - Guardian Letters

Saturday April 12th, 2014 12:00:00 AM
Letter writers to the Guardian responded to the Sutton Trust/IFS report.

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