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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

A labour of love?

Friday March 27th, 2015 11:54:20 AM info@centreforum.org (Tom Frostick)
Tom Frostick and Chris ThoungMarch 2015 If the Labour party enters government in May 2015 it plans to reduce the undergraduate tuition fees cap in England from £9,000 to £6,000 a year. It also wants to increase maintenance grant support for students from lower income backgrounds. This analysis finds that the negatives of the proposal – judged by what Labour ...

The route to employment

Friday March 27th, 2015 11:54:19 AM info@centreforum.org (Tom Frostick)
Holly Taggart and James KemptonMarch 2015 Moving from economic inactivity into work can be challenging for someone with a mental health problem. But recovery colleges can help people make this transition. This report examines the role of these unique institutions, and suggests ways that their effectiveness can be enhanced.  Initial evidence points to the uniquely ...

The liberal case for aviation

Tuesday March 24th, 2015 12:00:01 AM info@centreforum.org (Tom Frostick)
Tom Papworth and India Keable-Elliott with Patrick Day and Josh ThomasMarch 2015 This paper considers questions of UK airport expansion from within a liberal tradition. Airports have both benefits and disbenefits, and balancing these so as to maximise individual freedom and social progress is the challenge faced by liberals of all parties. On the positive side, ...

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British Future

Who were the Windrush Poles?

Friday March 27th, 2015 07:35:58 AM BFTemp
Few know about the Polish passengers who came to Britain on the Empire Windrush in 1948 to be reunited with family members who had fought with the allies in WW2 The post Who were the Windrush Poles? appeared first on British Future.

Record number of ethnic minority MPs to be elected in May 2015

Monday March 23rd, 2015 07:59:43 AM BFTemp
More ethnic minority MPs than ever before will sit in the next parliament, according to new research from British Future, published in the report "The race for representation: how ethnic diversity became the 'new normal' in British politics". The post Record number of ethnic minority MPs to be elected in May 2015 appeared first on British Future.

“Everyone forgets to talk to us about politics”

Monday March 16th, 2015 07:14:02 PM BFTemp
On the most southerly leg of the Voice of a Generation tour Helen reports on her time spent with young people in Devonport, the heart of the Plymouth docklands. The post “Everyone forgets to talk to us about politics” appeared first on British Future.

Centre for European Reform

Video interview on 'Frozen: The politics and economics of sanctions against Russia'

Monday March 16th, 2015 10:34:00 AM Anna
Media Url:  https://vimeo.com/122211508 Thumbnail:  download.png Ian Bond and Christian Odendahl discuss Western sanctions against Russia and the findings of their latest policy brief. Author information Author:  ...

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 ...

Centre for Policy Studies

The Red Herring of Departmental Cuts

Sunday March 22nd, 2015 11:00:00 PM
Conservative plans for departmental spending cuts are only half those implied by the...

Central Planning with Market Features: how renewable subsidies destroyed the UK electricity market

Tuesday March 17th, 2015 11:00:00 PM
Rupert Darwall shows that recent energy policy represents the biggest expansion of state power since the nationalisations of the 1940s and 1950s – and is on course to be the most expensive domestic policy disaster in modern British history....

Britain is Taxed Enough Already

Sunday March 1st, 2015 11:00:00 PM
Higher taxes are not the solution to the challenges facing the UK...

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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

A new public realm: Notes from urban India

Friday March 27th, 2015 10:35:08 AM AnyaPearson
For anyone with a feel for recent British history, it was a heart-breaking scene: a brand new estate of social housing blocks, sat on the edge of city. The residents newly ‘decanted’ miles from their jobs and social networks, with very little public transport. And a school, purpose built for the community, which the parents... Read more »

Public opinion and the EU

Wednesday March 25th, 2015 01:34:37 PM AnyaPearson
With the prospect of an in/out referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union (EU) looming in the next few years, you might expect the issue to be exercising voters ahead of May’s election. On the face of it, however, we do not appear overly concerned about the EU; looking at data aggregated over the... Read more »

Farewell to Marcus Roberts

Tuesday March 24th, 2015 09:57:05 AM AnyaPearson
The Fabian Society is sad to announce that our deputy general secretary Marcus Roberts has decided to leave the organisation after the general election to take up an exciting new position. Marcus has been with the Fabians for 3 ½ years and has led a transformation in our research activities and made an outstanding contribution... 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

How to build an effective government

Thursday March 26th, 2015 12:31:28 AM andrew.murphy
A set of decisions made soon after our next government is formed will help decide whether it can deliver on its policy ambitions, says the Institute for Government: here’s our recipe for success.

IfG: Next government must build on existing Whitehall reforms

Wednesday March 25th, 2015 07:57:44 PM andrew.murphy
The next government faces repeating a common mistake of over-promising on the campaign trail and under-delivering in office, the Institute for Government cautions in a new paper. In All in it Together, the independent think tank says that a new administration can hope to break this cycle by building on the existing long-term reform initiatives – which are only ...

Learning from the front line

Wednesday March 25th, 2015 03:38:30 PM andrew.murphy
Government policy is often criticised for being formed in the ‘Westminster bubble’, far removed from the realities on the ground. Today, a group of policymakers and practitioners report back on their experience of working together to burst that bubble. Frontline delivery workers and civil servants, working together as part of a unique programme, have today ...

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IEA

Energy price controls have failed all over Europe

Friday March 27th, 2015 11:35:03 AM Kristian Niemietz
If wholesale prices increase, the sector might operate at a loss, which could well lead to the government covering the shortfall in one way or another. That would effectively mean taxpayers picking up the tab, and paying the higher prices a prize freeze has supposedly ...

How and how not to devolve power

Thursday March 26th, 2015 12:41:30 PM Kristian Niemietz
Too often, devolution has been treated as being purely about questions of identity, with no implications for conventional economic issues. Too little attention is paid to the differences between the devolved institutions that help make Switzerland such an enduring ...

The internet is not a utility, and should not be regulated like one (Part 2: unbundling and platform regulation)

Wednesday March 25th, 2015 03:14:47 PM Kristian Niemietz
The dynamics of a natural monopoly that provide the rationale for unbundling regulation are simply not there. Yes, Google has established itself as the dominant search engine. But this decidedly does not preclude competitors from entering the search market. The high ...

Joseph Rowntree Foundation

The economic circumstances of cohorts born between the 1940s and the 1970s

Friday March 27th, 2015 03:34:23 PM craig.barton
Profound economic and social changes mean that people born at different times face radically different economic environments. Due to sustained economic growth in the post-war period, many assume that successive generations will be better off than the last. But is this true? This study: Uses household survey data collected over the last 50 years to look at the ...

Retirement in the 21st Century

Friday March 27th, 2015 03:11:37 PM craig.barton
Just as the face of employment is changing, so is the nature of retirement. The number of people working into later life generally fell for three decades from the 1960s, but then began to climb in the 1990s. What has contributed to these change over the past 50 years? This study: looks at the factors contributing to this growth in employment, including changes ...

Local leadership on the Living Wage is an important step in tackling in-work poverty

Friday March 27th, 2015 09:45:51 AM Josh Stott
As six Yorkshire councils commit to paying the Living Wage, Josh Stott looks at the positive impact this could have in the region. Six councils across West Yorkshire and York have established a low-pay charter and committed to paying the Living Wage. Local leadership on this agenda marks an important step in tackling in-work poverty across the city region, where ...

Policy Exchange


Progress

Preparing for power

Friday March 27th, 2015 12:45:47 PM Mark Ferguson
The Labour party in government will urgently need to cultivate the seeds of movement politics it sowed in opposition, writes Mark Ferguson The Labour party is not a staid, safe and secure party ensconced in Westminster. It is not enshrined in a single man or woman. It is not hidden away behind bricks and mortar. …

The voice of all who care

Friday March 27th, 2015 12:37:29 PM Liz Kendall MP
Taken together the changes in care Labour has promised will be transformative At the start of the 20th century, life expectancy in Britain was under 50 years. Now, one in three new babies will live to 100. This change will transform our nation. Longer life is a blessing. Yet justice requires we do far more …

Make work pay

Friday March 27th, 2015 12:35:47 PM Rachel Reeves MP
Labour will restore the dignity of earning a day’s wage As a constituency member of parliament in Leeds, I see the impact of low pay on the families and communities I serve – the huge stress and the strain on people who put in the hours at work, but still struggle to make ends meet. …

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