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

How do we solve unemployment?

Thursday April 24th, 2014 06:00:30 AM tim

Small firms, giant leaps, and the elephant in the room

Wednesday April 23rd, 2014 12:41:03 PM sam
IPPR has recently released a detailed and thought-provoking report. In Small Firms, Giant Leaps, Spencer Thompson considers the contribution small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have made to Britain’s economic recovery since the financial crisis and the role they could play over the coming years – specifically in getting more people back into work.

Three steps forward

Wednesday April 23rd, 2014 10:01:10 AM sam
In today's City AM I outline a fairly simple growth agenda that would, I think, deliver very strong growth without requiring tax cuts (which are very important, but seem to be politically dead in the water right now). My three items are reform of planning, immigration and money (the 'PIMs', as I call them), by rolling back the green belt outside London, allowing ...

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British Future

‘Drinks on St George!’ – Would tax-free beer help bring the English together?

Wednesday April 23rd, 2014 12:00:23 AM BFTemp
More could still be done to make St George's Day a truly national event that brings everyone together to celebrate, writes Steve Ballinger.The post ‘Drinks on St George!’ – Would tax-free beer help bring the English together? appeared first on British Future.

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

Tuesday April 22nd, 2014 11:30:22 PM BFTemp
New 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 even higher price from Tories in 2015 appeared first on 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.

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

Retirement Savings Incentives

Sunday April 20th, 2014 10:00:00 PM
Retirement saving incentives are an ineffective, and inequitable, use of Treasury funds. They have failed to catalyse a broad-based savings...

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...

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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

Management info and leadership top departments list of concerns

Monday April 21st, 2014 11:00:00 PM mark.mistry
An assessment of Whitehall departmental improvement plans has revealed that management information and leadership skills top people's concerns, according to Civil Service World.

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.


The generation strain: Collective solutions to care in an ageing society - Publication

Thursday April 24th, 2014 12:00:00 AM
We need to transform our understanding of what ‘social care’ is in order to help people live decent lives, to put in place the right building blocks to prepare for an ageing population, and to reduce future demand for care.

North/South divide: does it exist? - Event

Tuesday April 22nd, 2014 03:04:08 PM
Is it really grim up North? Does London based decision-making mean that the North of England is often overlooked?

Can the radical right win in the North? - Event

Tuesday April 22nd, 2014 02:52:08 PM
The UK Independence Party is now one of the most talked about political parties in British politics. But what is their appeal and who are their supporters?


Was Cardinal Nichols right to speak out on welfare? (Part 2)

Wednesday April 23rd, 2014 12:19:09 PM Richard Wellings
Institutions of welfare should start from the family and move on to the extended family, the community, commercial and mutual institutions, unions, the Church, and so on. The state should not be a monopoly provider. But neither should the state be the partner, planner ...

The cost of living crisis isn’t over – but Ed Miliband still won’t solve it

Tuesday April 22nd, 2014 09:48:09 AM Richard Wellings
Overwhelming academic evidence suggests the key reason for high house prices is our planning system. Energy prices are inflated by the green agenda, and the regulation of childminders makes childcare more expensive. Yet Ed Miliband’s proposed solutions are more ...

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 ...

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 ...

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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

How to crack the dress code - TES

Thursday April 17th, 2014 12:00:00 AM
John Dunford quotes the Sutton Trust on research into the impact of school uniforms on academic achievement in The Times Educational Supplement.

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.

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