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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

Promoting effective competition in UK defence procurement: the case of UK Maritime Patrol

Thursday June 18th, 2015 01:09:25 PM info@centreforum.org (Tom Frostick)
Toby FenwickJune 2015 This paper updates CentreForum's July 2014 interim report, and our further work found greater evidence of the importance of effective and transparent competition in defence procurement.  Our case study is the Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) capability deleted in the 2010 Defence Review, as MPA is likely to be reinstated under the current ...

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 ...

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British Future

British Future wins ‘One to watch’ at Prospect Thinktank of the Year awards

Wednesday July 1st, 2015 10:51:21 AM BFTemp
British Future picked up the "One to Watch" award at the 2015 Prospect Thinktank of the Year Awards The post British Future wins ‘One to watch’ at Prospect Thinktank of the Year awards appeared first on British Future.

Walk Together

Monday June 29th, 2015 01:00:16 PM BFTemp
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The Identity Hustings with Lib Dem Leadership Candidates

Monday June 29th, 2015 12:01:09 PM BFTemp
British Future invite you to an "identity hustings" with the Liberal Democrat leadership candidates, at which Tim Farron and Norman Lamb will debate the big questions of identity in politics today. The post The Identity Hustings with Lib Dem Leadership Candidates appeared first on British Future.

Centre for European Reform

Week in Westminster - Radio 4

Monday June 29th, 2015 09:41:23 AM Kate
Media Url:  https://soundcloud.com/cer_london/week-in-westminster-with-charles-grant Thumbnail:  charles_grant_2011.jpg Charles Grant speaks on the 'Week in Westminster' discussing the Greek crisis and the eurozone.Author information ...

Rem Korteweg discusses the TTIP deal on Share Radio

Wednesday June 17th, 2015 04:16:52 PM Anna
Media Url:  https://audioboom.com/boos/3264787-tomorrow-europarl-votes-on-ttip-what-do-we-know-about-the-deal-so-far-cer_korteweg-explains Thumbnail:  rem_korteweg_2013_sm.jpg Rem Korteweg talks to Share Radio ahead of the European ...

Why TTIP negotiations face a slowdown - Interview with Rem Korteweg

Wednesday June 17th, 2015 03:42:09 PM Anna
Media Url:  https://audioboom.com/boos/3286543-why-ttip-negotiations-face-a-slowdown-interview-with-cer_korteweg Thumbnail:  rem_korteweg_2013_sm.jpg Rem Korteweg discusses the TTIP negotiations with Share Radio.Author information ...

Centre for Policy Studies

Welfare Dependency Falls But Still Much Further To Go

Monday June 29th, 2015 11:00:00 PM
Over half of all UK households are still receiving more from the state than they pay in...

The Poodle Bites Back: Select Committees and the Revival of Parliament

Wednesday June 17th, 2015 11:00:00 PM
Andrew Tyrie MP, Chairman of the Treasury Select Committee, argues that despite the ‘anti-politics’ mood in the UK, the House of Commons is achieving notable success in reforming itself into a more effective...

The Case for an Office for Inter-generational Responsibility

Wednesday June 17th, 2015 11:00:00 PM
Michael Johnson responds to the OBR’s latest annual Fiscal Sustainability report, warning that UK debt is snowballing with frightening momentum – and it is the young who will be hit...

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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 ...

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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 ...

If the government wants to get big projects right, it needs to become agile by default

Monday June 29th, 2015 11:21:22 AM nicole.valentinuzzi
IfG Programme Director Daniel Thornton argues that despite the fact that the civil service adapts rapidly to reshuffles and changing policy priorities, it continues to make "little use of agile project management".

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IEA

The systemic risk of international financial regulation (Part 2)

Wednesday July 1st, 2015 12:33:33 PM Kristian Niemietz
Harmonisation of regulation is a recipe for herding and making mistakes on a big scale. We are in danger of creating a less diverse system in which the behaviour of institutions is likely to be more similar. This means that, when a random shock does come, it will ...

The tax and benefit system is highly redistributive: Look at the net effects

Tuesday June 30th, 2015 11:00:14 AM Kristian Niemietz
Nothing is certain in life but death and the annual claim that the poorest fifth of households pay the highest proportion of their incomes in taxes. Yet a few seconds’ thought about what the figures actually mean shows this claim is tosh. Gross income (the ...

Price deflation is not a disaster, but a blessing

Monday June 29th, 2015 11:58:13 AM Kristian Niemietz
Deflation is widely considered as the worst case scenario. The Economist claimed that deflation is “the world´s biggest economic problem”. Christine Lagarde called deflation an “ogre.” But is the deflation phobia really justified? Is ...

Joseph Rowntree Foundation

JRF response to changes to the Child Poverty Act

Wednesday July 1st, 2015 04:03:26 PM daniel.wigglesworth
Responding to the statement made today by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on changes to the Child Poverty Act, Julia Unwin, Chief Executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) said: "JRF agrees that raising educational attainment and getting people into work are central to addressing poverty, ...

How much do families rely on tax credits?

Wednesday July 1st, 2015 11:40:19 AM Julia Unwin
Reducing in-work support without increasing take-home pay first will mean low-earning families fall even further short of a decent living standard, says Julia Unwin. Last week, David Cameron's speech about a 'higher wage, lower tax, lower welfare society' was seen as a signal that the £30 billion spent on tax credits will be cut in the forthcoming Budget. New ...

LOCAL GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION ANNUAL CONFERENCE AND EXHIBITION 2015

Monday June 29th, 2015 10:53:29 AM stewart.lee
30 June 2015 - 9:00am - 2 July 2015 - 5:00pm Dr Jim McCormick, Scotland Adviser for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation will be speaking on the ‘Clash of the think tanks: the future for devolution’ panel session on Wednesday, 1 July 2015, 9.15-10.10am  Speakers include: Chair: Chris Tighe, North East ...

Policy Exchange


Progress

The Miliband-Milburn dream-team

Wednesday July 1st, 2015 10:30:26 AM Jacqui Smith
Promoting both economic and social mobility together is what Labour is for I want you to imagine that Ed Miliband and Alan Milburn get together and ‘father’ a policy programme. Stop screaming – I think I am onto something. What we need from a new Labour leader is a commitment to both the economic mobility …

Harman takes off at PMQs

Wednesday July 1st, 2015 10:20:05 AM Kamella Hudson
While most of us are enjoying the summer weather, David Cameron was looking increasing uncomfortable as Harriet Harman ratcheted up the heat at today’s prime minister’s questions. The Davies report, published today, unanimously backs a new third runway at Heathrow, providing a clear, unambiguous recommendation to expand the United Kingdoms’s hub airport ...

The trade unionist who helped save the Labour party

Wednesday July 1st, 2015 10:15:45 AM Dianne Hayter
When the full history of trade unions and the Labour party gets to be written, one of its unsung heros will surely be included. Bill Sirs (January 1920-June 2015) was general secretary of Iron and Steel Trades Confederation, one of the ‘triple alliance’ which, in concert with the miners and the train workers, supplied the …

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