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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

The role of finance in inclusive growth

Thursday January 29th, 2015 09:50:08 AM info@centreforum.org (Tom Frostick)
Tom PapworthJanuary 2015 The 21st century has so far delivered seven years of plenty followed by seven years of famine. The first seven years were a period of easy credit and rapid but unsustainable growth. Since 2007 we have witnessed a tightening of personal and (especially) business credit and sluggish growth. Meanwhile the financial services sector remains ...

On Blasphemy

Monday January 26th, 2015 12:00:01 AM info@centreforum.org (Tom Frostick)
Maajid NawazJanuary 2015 In this essay, Maajid Nawaz, chairman of counter-extremism organisation Quilliam, argues that only liberalism can "shine through the fog" of Islamist extremism and must be actively promoted across communities, cultures and borders. The essay warns that fear of causing offence has too often compelled Western liberals to keep quiet, or ...

Progress matters in Primary too

Wednesday January 21st, 2015 12:00:01 AM info@centreforum.org (Tom Frostick)
Chris Thoung, James Kempton and Harriet DavisonJanuary 2015 Under government plans announced in 2014, primary schools in England are set to be held to account by two new league table measures to replace the longstanding attainment measure. The present measure requires 65% of pupils in every primary school to achieve level 4 in their SATs exams at age 11. But ...

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British Future

A decade after 7/7, where is the Muslim integration debate headed?

Friday January 30th, 2015 01:42:07 PM BFTemp
Ten years on from the terrorist attacks in London, questions about the radicalisation of young British Muslims have been raised again after stories emerged of British citizens travelling to Syria and Iraq to join the so-called Islamic State (IS) group in 2014. The post A decade after 7/7, where is the Muslim integration debate headed? appeared first on British ...

New ethnic minority voters will take higher price from Tories in 2015

Wednesday January 28th, 2015 12:30:22 AM BFTemp
British Future research suggests Britain’s increased diversity could cost the David Cameron the 2015 election unless his party increases its appeal to minority voters, writes Steve Ballinger. The post New ethnic minority voters will take higher price from Tories in 2015 appeared first on British Future.

100 days out, public gives ‘thumbs down’ to all election contenders

Tuesday January 27th, 2015 12:01:44 AM BFTemp
What if they threw an election and nobody won? Overall, the British public think that ‘none of the above’ could well be the most appropriate outcome to the most unpredictable General Election for forty years. The post 100 days out, public gives ‘thumbs down’ to all election contenders appeared first on British Future.

Centre for European Reform

Video interview on 'Unlocking Europe's capital markets union'

Friday December 12th, 2014 05:34:35 PM Anna
Media Url:  http://vimeo.com/114337007 Thumbnail:  Hugo_Dixon.jpg With Hugo Dixon, editor-at-large Reuters News and the founder of Reuters Breakingviews. Author information External Author:  ...

BfB/BNE/CER fringe event at the Labour Party conference: 'Can Britain lead in Europe? Will EU reforms deliver growth and jobs?'

Tuesday July 29th, 2014 10:59:24 AM jordan
Speakers included Peter Kellner, president, YouGov and Gareth Thomas MP, shadow minister for Europe Event thumbnail:  labour2sm-1411642140.jpg Event Date information Event date:  Sun, 2014-09-21 (All day) Publish ...

Video interview on 'The economic consequences of leaving the EU'

Friday June 6th, 2014 10:43:38 AM jordan
Media Url:  https://vimeo.com/92860702 Thumbnail:  js_6june14 2.jpg John Springford and Simon Tilford discuss the final report of the CER commission on the UK and the EU single market.Author information Author:  ...

Centre for Policy Studies

Deteriorating Energy Security: Why MPs Should Save Fracking

Sunday January 25th, 2015 11:00:00 PM
An amendment to the Infrastructure Bill introduced today would effectively ban fracking on environmental grounds. If this amendment is passed it would reduce energy security and would be a disgraceful failure duty by MPs who are supposed to defend Britain’s economic well-being....

Voice and Veto

Wednesday January 21st, 2015 11:00:00 PM
Roger Gough and Andrew Tyrie MP have put ideology aside to develop a practical plan that both answers the West Lothian Question and buttresses the...

Transparency Begins at Home

Tuesday January 6th, 2015 11:00:00 PM
Many large charities are refusing to admit who funds them. Despite new government regulation urging charities’ to be transparent, the majority of Britain’s largest charities decline to...

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Demos

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 ...

Residential care for ex-service people

Monday January 12th, 2015 12:01:00 AM
The end of military operations in Afghanistan last year brings to a close over a decade of significant conflict in the Middle East. The human cost of that and other recent engagements has been great, not least in terms of the large number of Armed Forces personnel who have been wounded or are returning home with a disability. Back home, the thirteen-year course ...

Wisdom of the Crowd

Tuesday December 2nd, 2014 11:00:00 PM
Social media could transform how we understand society. Social media platforms produce information about social life unlike anything we’ve had before – bigger, rich, and often in real-time. If we can hear what social media is saying, it could transform how we understand attitudes, our priorities, hopes, criticisms and fears. Current ways of listening ...

Fabian Society

Not-for-profits and the NHS

Tuesday January 27th, 2015 04:04:47 PM AnyaPearson
As expected, Andy Burnham’s Ten Year Plan for Health and Care today confirmed that under Labour NHS institutions will be the ‘preferred provider’. The party is clear that if it wins power, the Lansley experiment is over and independent services will only play a supporting role. But the pledge that followed in the document was... Read more »

The link between ideas and action

Tuesday January 27th, 2015 12:55:04 PM AnyaPearson
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Breaking the cycle: How to make the case for radical prison reform

Monday January 26th, 2015 12:29:58 PM AnyaPearson
Against a backdrop of persistently high reoffending rates and the current mess being made of a world-respected probation service, steps in the right direction are emerging from the shadow justice team that should break into a confident stride come May. We have never needed it more. Academics, commentators and prison workers are sounding the alarm... 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

Baltimore’s murder rate – and what the UK can learn from it.

Thursday January 15th, 2015 09:51:27 AM nicole.valentinuzzi
As Mayor of Baltimore, Martin O’Malley achieved a big fall in the city’s notorious murder rate.

More and better infrastructure – can government deliver?

Monday December 15th, 2014 02:25:53 PM andrew.murphy
The UK needs to make major infrastructure investments over the next few years, but government needs to change how it makes decisions about infrastructure policy if these are to be done efficiently.

Response to PAC Contract Management Report

Wednesday December 10th, 2014 09:22:52 AM nicole.valentinuzzi
"Both contractors and government departments must take responsibility when contracts between the private and public sector go wrong. While the government is trying to improve its management of private and voluntary sector suppliers, the PAC report shows there is still far to go."

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IEA

We should liberalise children's employment

Friday January 30th, 2015 11:41:20 AM Richard Wellings
We worry a lot about the problems of getting young people into the workforce, as school leavers or even as graduates. While youth unemployment is thankfully much lower here than in most of Europe, it is still far too high. One reason could be that many new ...

Oxfam’s figures are as meaningless as its extrapolations are misleading

Thursday January 29th, 2015 12:09:07 PM Richard Wellings
Last week Oxfam published a report arguing that inequality is rising. What did not make the front pages was the fact that the share of wealth held by the richest 1 per cent is lower than it was 15 years ago and that Oxfam’s numbers for next year are an extrapolation ...

A tale of two claims: one Broadly right, the other by Peston broadly wrong

Wednesday January 28th, 2015 01:03:59 PM Richard Wellings
Fairly often the facts get in the way of a good meme. The cricketer Stuart Broad has angered a host of constantly-outraged egalitarians by tweeting that ‘I’ve heard if you earn minimum wage in England you’re in the top 10% earners in the World. #stay ...

Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Towards a devolved welfare system: challenges, risks and opportunities

Friday January 30th, 2015 10:52:49 AM stewart.lee
11 February 2015 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm This is a joint roundtable between JRF and IFG, looking at the future of the welfare system in the UK. This event will consider the future of welfare and related functions in the context of substantial devolution to national assemblies, city-regions and local government ...

The trouble with education is that politicians keep trying to fix it

Thursday January 29th, 2015 10:05:39 AM Helen Barnard
The debate about failing schools and league tables obscures the more significant issue of the gap between richer and poorer children’s results, says Helen Barnard. School League Tables are back in the news today. So too are all the debates about failing schools and the importance or not of their league position. This annual debate is important, but often obscures ...

Response to Welsh Government consultation WG23215

Wednesday January 28th, 2015 01:18:27 PM stewart.lee
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Policy Exchange

Fish Tank, presented by Jon Cruddas MP

Tuesday February 10th, 2015 06:30:11 PM
For the second screening from Policy Exchange and the Crossbench Film Society, Jon Cruddas MP will present Fish Tank (2009), an unflinching account of one girl’s tower-block life in Mr Cruddas’s own constituency.

Where Next for Welfare?

Wednesday February 4th, 2015 05:00:37 PM
To mark the launch of Policy Exchange's Welfare Manifesto, we are delighted to welcome The Rt Hon David Blunkett MP. Mr Blunkett will outline what he thinks a welfare state fit for the 21st century should look like, and what principles should underpin it.

Premier League

Friday January 30th, 2015 12:04:07 PM
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Progress

The Last Word: A Blairite writes …

Friday January 30th, 2015 03:05:14 PM Jamie Reed MP
Jamie Reed MP guest writes this week’s Last Word column What is a Blairite? Nearly twenty years since the 1997 election victory, the term defies precise definition. Nontheless, the meaning of the tem remains contested by self-confessed Blairites, anti-Blairites, neo-Blairites, post-Blairites and by some with a pathological obsession with the man himself. ...

Let it go

Friday January 30th, 2015 10:30:02 AM Liz Kendall MP
Politicians can no longer pretend we can fix everything from the centre Those of us on the left are advocates of the power of common endeavour to improve lives. Whether it is the NHS, social security or social housing, the history of social progress shows that it is through a common resource that individual needs …

People, not institutions

Friday January 30th, 2015 12:20:58 AM Liz Kendall MP
We need to listen to how public services impact on people, however uncomfortable that may be In an era of tight budgets and increasing demands, what does it take to ensure public services meet public needs? This collection of interviews is intended to help address this question by listening to those who are already answering …

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