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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

Broadcasting by consent

Tuesday February 24th, 2015 12:00:01 AM info@centreforum.org (Tom Frostick)
Jacquie HughesFebruary 2015 'Broadcasting by consent' identifies the need for a fresh and clear statement of public service broadcasting for the modern era. It argues that BBC Charter renewal in 2017 should provide to the corporation a clear instruction to transform itself over the next decade towards an operating base that is more closely aligned with a pluralistic, ...

Fit for growth

Thursday February 19th, 2015 12:00:01 AM info@centreforum.org (Tom Frostick)
Tom FrostickFebruary 2015 'Fit for growth: investing in a stronger skills base to 2020' looks at how policymakers can build a skills system that promotes choice and flexibility for individuals and is more responsive to employer demand. As well as proposing a revamped version of the professional and career development loan to widen access to lifelong learning ...

Retiring Trident

Monday February 16th, 2015 12:00:01 AM info@centreforum.org (Tom Frostick)
Toby FenwickFebruary 2015 This report recommends that the UK should replace its Trident submarines with an air dropped nuclear deterrent and save up to £13 billion for priority defence equipment spending. It finds that the Trident programme – which is due to be renewed after the general election in May –  is an “expensive and excessive” solution to ...

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British Future

“This is the first time someone has asked me about politics”

Monday March 2nd, 2015 04:17:16 PM BFTemp
The Voice of a Generation tour kicked off in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, hometown of Helen, our 19-year-old Voice of a Generation reporter. The post “This is the first time someone has asked me about politics” appeared first on British Future.

New immigration figures: “a quarterly reminder to the public of why they don’t trust politicians on immigration”

Thursday February 26th, 2015 10:04:01 AM BFTemp
Immigration figures have become a quarterly reminder to the public of why they don’t trust politicians on immigration, and will remain so until the government drops its failed net migration target for a more sensible measure The post New immigration figures: “a quarterly reminder to the public of why they don’t trust politicians on immigration” appeared ...

Final Scores on the net migration target, and no-one’s cheering

Thursday February 26th, 2015 07:00:28 AM BFTemp
Today is final score time in the Net Migration Cup, as the last set of ONS immigration stats are released before the election. It would be hard to pretend that the crowd is on tenterhooks, argues Sunder Katwala. The post Final Scores on the net migration target, and no-one’s cheering 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

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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Thursday February 19th, 2015 11:00:00 PM
Leading pensions expert Michael Johnson urges the Government to implement radical reform in order to avoid an impending...

The Shrinking Case for a Mansion Tax

Tuesday February 17th, 2015 11:00:00 PM
Any case for a Mansion Tax is now redundant as recent tax reforms have significantly increased the tax burden on higher value...

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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

Inequality 2030

Wednesday February 25th, 2015 12:01:04 AM Richard
The UK has faced almost 10 years of falling living standards. Projections say poverty and inequality are on the rise. And there is still a huge hole in the public finances which limits, for now, the scope for public spending to bring solutions. So it is easy to be gloomy. But too often politicians sound... Read more »

Is a constructive relationship with China possible?

Tuesday February 24th, 2015 12:00:37 PM AnyaPearson
China is now the world’s second largest economy measured by GDP. If measured on the basis of purchasing parity it is the largest. Its growth has slowed slightly, but in the last ten years it still on average exceeded 10 per cent per annum – a rate of change that countries in the West find... Read more »

Mind the justice gap: The abuses British companies get away with overseas

Monday February 23rd, 2015 02:38:55 PM AnyaPearson
Today the Global Law Summit opens in London. This high profile conference, backed by the government, brings together lawyers and business people to commemorate 800 years since Magna Carta – and to do a bit of public relations on behalf of British law firms. There’s been some criticism of the conference and you can read... 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

Central government in the local level: Haringey Council case study

Thursday February 26th, 2015 03:36:34 PM nicole.valentinuzzi
Since 2001, the centre of government has hosted a ‘delivery unit’: a team which, working for the prime minister, keeps up the pressure on government departments to deliver policies and coordinate their work. Now one London borough has set up its own version – and in this ‘InsideOut’ pamphlet, Institute for Government senior fellow Peter Thomas explains ...

Lib Dems must learn to 'just say no', says former minister

Tuesday February 3rd, 2015 07:57:08 AM andrew.murphy
Liberal Democrat MP Nick Harvey believes there are tough lessons the party must learn before entering into a coalition government again. In a new publication, After the Rose Garden, the former defence minister draws on his experience to explore how government adapted to the politics of coalition. While it may be more difficult for the smaller party in a coalition ...

Francis Maude to step down: our response

Monday February 2nd, 2015 02:37:34 PM nicole.valentinuzzi
Peter Riddell, Director of the Institute for Government, said: Francis Maude has made a major contribution to the reform of the Civil Service since 2010. While at times his style has been divisive with some fellow ministers and senior civil servants, his personal commitment and expertise have produced a concentration, and drive, in areas that have often been ...

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IEA

The Forgotten Depression

Monday March 2nd, 2015 12:04:32 PM Kristian Niemietz
Why was the 1920-21 recession over so quickly?  Because successive administrations did things that most 21st century economists would regard as disastrous.  Confronted with plunging prices, incomes and employment, the government cut spending and balanced ...

The Green interview – failed on style, but what about the substance?

Friday February 27th, 2015 11:48:42 AM Kristian Niemietz
The Greens have a radical policy agenda which would involve a huge transfer of power from the people to the state. Whereas David Cameron or Ed Milliband might plan two or three significant policy deviations from the status quo, Green leader Natalie Bennett proposes ...

GDP figures (Part 2): Cross-country comparisons and a total for the world

Thursday February 26th, 2015 11:27:51 AM Kristian Niemietz
The flaws involved in exchange-rate-based comparisons of GDP have long been recognised, while the use of PPP-based comparative data has been endorsed by national statistical offices across the world. Simon Walker, Director General of the (London-based) Institute of ...

Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Reducing tuition fees sounds progressive – but is it a bad use of £3 billion?

Monday March 2nd, 2015 02:27:21 PM Helen Barnard
There are better ways of using £3 billion for the benefit of disadvantaged young people than cutting university tuition fees, says Helen Barnard. Last week the Labour Party announced that it plans to cut the maximum that universities are allowed to charge in tuition fees from £9,000 to £6,000 per year. This sounds progressive – reducing the cost of higher ...

2015 Budget Representation to HM Treasury

Monday March 2nd, 2015 11:53:05 AM daniel.wigglesworth
This paper, submitted as part of the 2015 UK Budget process, contains several ideas for how the Government – within the broad confines of its economic plan - could do more to help people carve a path out of poverty. The recommendations cover a range of policy areas, including the cities agenda, housing, and welfare reform. A-Z Manual Override:  ...

10 facts you need to know before the general election

Thursday February 26th, 2015 02:06:51 PM Claire Ainsley
As we approach one of the most unpredictable general elections in recent history, one thing is certain. The facts behind the policy statements will be in dispute – and the public know it. This week’s NatCen poll for the UK Statistics Authority shows that while the public do trust official statistics, they just don’t trust the media or politicians to present ...

Policy Exchange


Progress

A future built on rock not sand

Monday March 2nd, 2015 03:33:16 PM Liam Byrne MP
Few have described the challenge of the future as well as Britain’s Royal Society: ‘unless we grow smarter’, says the society ‘we will grow poorer’. And that is why we need to fix the broken finances of our nation’s universities. As the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development warned last week, Britain faces chronic ...

Building a tax system that people can trust

Monday March 2nd, 2015 01:30:55 PM Shabana Mahmood MP
When citizens pay their taxes and hand over their hard-earned cash to the government, they do so on the basis that at some level they have faith in our system of democratic governance – a system in which government is entrusted to make decisions about how to use that money in the best interests of …

MI5 is not to blame for Jihadi John

Monday March 2nd, 2015 01:24:05 PM Jacqui Smith
Any parent of teenagers and many others will have felt their heart clench as they looked at the pictures of Shamima Begum, Amira Abase and Kadiza Sultana waiting at the Istanbul bus station before heading to the Syrian borders and into the clutches of Islamic State. While I was home secretary, the then director general …

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