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 at the 2014 party conferences

Friday September 27th, 2013 10:32:25 AM (Tomasz Frosztick)
A huge thanks to everyone who took part in our fringe programme this autumn. The 31 events we hosted at the Liberal Democrat conference in Glasgow were attended by over 1,400 people. Our activities sparked a lively discussion on social media and caught the attention of BBC News and The Telegraph among other media outlets. Among the highlights at the other major ...

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British Future

‘Poppy Headscarf’ launches to mark centenary of first Victoria Cross for Muslim soldier

Friday October 31st, 2014 12:01:53 AM BFTemp
A new ‘Poppy Headscarf’ launches today, backed by the Islamic Society of Britain, to raise money for the Poppy Appeal and offer British Muslims a new way to mark Remembrance. The post ‘Poppy Headscarf’ launches to mark centenary of first Victoria Cross for Muslim soldier appeared first on British Future.

Remembering Khudadad Khan, 31st October 2014

Friday October 31st, 2014 12:01:11 AM BFTemp
As we soon come together to remember all those whose lives have been lost in conflict, we wish today to highlight one man whose service exemplified the courage of many who served in the First World War. The post Remembering Khudadad Khan, 31st October 2014 appeared first on British Future.

Legacy of Sikh and Muslim soldiers of WW1 explored

Wednesday October 29th, 2014 02:15:39 PM BFTemp
British Future’s recent study into public attitudes to the First World War centenary showed that the single biggest increase in public knowledge about WW1 relates to the contribution of soldiers from the Empire and the Commonwealth who fought for Britain. Things Unseen produced two radio programmes looking at the contribution of Muslim and Sikh soldiers, why ...

Centre for European Reform

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 09:59:24 AM jordan
Event thumbnail:  labour2sm-1411642140.jpg Event Date information Event date:  Sun, 2014-09-21 17:00 - 19:00 Publish Date:  29 July 2014 Spotlight Image ...

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

Friday June 6th, 2014 09:43:38 AM jordan
Media Url: 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:  ...

Video interview on 'The consequences of Brexit for the City of London'

Thursday May 8th, 2014 10:02:30 AM jordan
Media Url: Thumbnail:  js_8may14.jpg John Springford talks about his and Philip Whyte's latest policy brief 'The consequences of Brexit for the City of London'.Author information Author:  ...

Centre for Policy Studies

Ed Miliband must get serious about labour market reform

Thursday October 30th, 2014 11:00:00 PM
If Britain’s employment success is to continue, politicians of all stripes must learn from Germany’s successful labour market reforms....

How Much Do We Use the NHS?

Monday October 27th, 2014 11:00:00 PM
In the wake of a further expected rise in NHS costs, Jesse Norman MP and Museji Takolia propose an innovative solution to curbing...

Why the Bank of England with be Wrong Again on Wages

Thursday October 23rd, 2014 11:00:00 PM
At the beginning of the year the Bank of England expected a return to real wage growth. The Governor of the Bank of England now forecasts that wages will grow in real terms by mid-2015. Is the BoE forecast...

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Review of Social and Emotional Skills: Call for Evidence

Monday October 27th, 2014 05:12:00 PM
The Early Intervention Foundation, Cabinet Office and the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission are conducting a review of the evidence base behind the skills variously referred to as Skills for Life and Work, character, social and emotional skills and non-cognitive skills, and what works to help young people develop these skills. A Glossary of the key ...

UpRising: Building a Monitoring and Evaluation Framework

Friday September 26th, 2014 05:52:00 PM
Demos is currently undertaking an evaluation of the organisation UpRising, which provides leadership training to young people from diverse backgrounds to help them achieve their ambitions and goals. This evaluation is part of the Cabinet Office Social Action Fund and Journey Fund, which aims to increase ‘social action’ among young people in the UK. ...

Next steps: young Muslims and the professions

Friday September 26th, 2014 05:41:00 PM
Levels of entry into professional/managerial occupations are one measure of how open a society Britain is becoming. With increasing focus on British Muslims over the past ten years, including claims by some of Islamophobia in British society, this project investigates whether British Muslims are underrepresented in the ‘higher professions’. Levels ...

Fabian Society

We have a golden opportunity to transform public services – let’s not waste it

Thursday October 30th, 2014 11:27:48 AM AnyaPearson
Everyone recognises that UK public finances are under great strain with at least £77 bn needed in savings by 2018/19 to get the deficit under control. As more public services will feel the impact of cuts to public spending, we need to make sure ‘cuts’ and ‘reform’ do not become synonymous. This must be avoided... Read more »

All on board: Miliband could be a trailblazer of people-powered public services

Tuesday October 28th, 2014 11:52:26 AM AnyaPearson
If you’ve ever had to use a jobcentre, you’ll know that the public sector is far from perfect. Walk in and you’re frequently humiliated by an overworked staff member pointing you to a machine full of minimum wage jobs without prospects. You’re nothing but a number. If you’ve ever spent time in a mental health... Read more »

City state of mind: Time for a serious offer for England’s cities

Tuesday October 28th, 2014 11:48:00 AM AnyaPearson
Variously burdened by economic sclerosis, political dysfunction and additional quandaries too global to handle alone, nation states across the West are stumbling. Mounting evidence suggests that they are no longer the most effective level at which to govern. In some cases, supranational and intergovernmental bodies are better suited. In most, however, power needs ...

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.

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Institute for Government

A constitutional balancing act

Tuesday October 28th, 2014 12:17:33 PM andrew.murphy
The ‘no’ majority in the Scottish referendum may have averted one vast constitutional upheaval – but new, competing plans for further devolution across the UK are likely to lead to substantial change across the union. Devolution has already created a very uneven landscape. “The distinctive thing about the devolution arrangements is how asymmetric they ...

Fiscal centralisation ‘constrains housing supply’

Monday October 27th, 2014 09:45:35 AM andrew.murphy
Limited fiscal autonomy for local government contributes to the under-supply of housing across England, according to an analysis undertaken for the Institute for Government.

Bracken: If retailers operated like government, they’d go bust

Friday October 24th, 2014 03:41:16 PM andrew.murphy
Digital director says civil service held back by big IT, manual, outdated processes and a ‘fetish’ for policy.

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The perils of Britain’s incoherent employment regulations

Thursday October 30th, 2014 11:01:08 AM Richard Wellings
Despite a remarkable reduction in employment tribunal claims, the system continues to throw up major problems for employers, with potentially disastrous consequences for business. Visibility:  Main ...

Defusing the debt time bomb: the challenge

Wednesday October 29th, 2014 10:52:51 AM Richard Wellings
Last week’s public-finance statistics were truly dreadful. They showed that despite a year of fairly robust economic growth, UK government borrowing since the start of the financial year 2014 to 2015 was actually 10 per cent higher than in the same period in ...

Still lovin’ it? McDonald’s shows why a minimum wage hike is no free lunch

Tuesday October 28th, 2014 10:40:37 AM Richard Wellings
McDonald's has been a major target for US protestors advocating a significant minimum wage hike. A multi-billion dollar company with a recognisable global brand, it has faced a high-profile campaign from those frustrated with low wage rates. ...

Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Leaders call for greater ambition on climate justice

Thursday October 30th, 2014 10:41:47 AM Julian Dobson
The Scottish Government, experts and academics urged participants at the third Glasgow Caledonian University ‘dialogue’ on climate justice to raise their game in influencing political and civic leaders. Julian Dobson reports. Britain’s former top climate diplomat has condemned the Coalition Government's growth model, describing it as based on ‘plunder’. ...

We need to talk about work

Tuesday October 28th, 2014 03:09:10 PM stewart.lee
14 November 2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am Joint fringe at SNP party conference between JRF and Scottish Business in the Community:  Speakers: John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth Katie Schmuecker, JRF Programme Manager, Poverty, Future labour markets Jane Wood, Chief Executive, ...

What will housing affordability look like in 2040?

Friday October 24th, 2014 02:19:53 PM stewart.lee
17 November 2014 - 10:00am - 1:00pm This is a Joseph Rowntree Foundation event and first in a series of seminars exploring how housing can offer both a spring board out of poverty and buffer against its worst effects. To target limited affordable housing resources effectively it is vital that we understand ...

Policy Exchange

The last word on Piketty

Tuesday November 11th, 2014 08:15:00 AM
Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century is easily the most talked about economics book of the year, if not the decade. In this public panel discussion, Policy Exchange brings together some of the leading voices on Piketty’s work to discuss what its lasting influence will be.

Markets for the Many? How Capitalism Changed the World

Monday November 10th, 2014 06:00:00 PM
Policy Exchange is delighted to host Professor Deirdre McCloskey for a speech on how capitalism has changed the world. Professor McCloskey argues that capitalism – or ‘market-tested innovation’, in her words – has increased the standard of living of the average worker by a factor of at least sixteen. The event will be chaired by Matt Ridley.

Liz Truss MP: The Way Ahead For Our Natural Environment

Tuesday November 4th, 2014 03:30:42 PM
Policy Exchange is delighted to be hosting Liz Truss, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for her first set-piece speech on environmental issues. She will set out her vision for the environment as well as making an important new policy announcement.

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