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Justice Minister addresses CentreForum and the Prison Reform Trust

Wednesday November 19th, 2014 11:19:41 AM (Tom Frostick)
19 November 2014 Rt Hon Simon Hughes MP, Minister for Justice and Civil Liberties, delivered a speech to CentreForum and the Prison Reform Trust which outlined a liberal approach to reforming criminal justice and penal policy. The full text of the speech is below.

A place of sanctuary? Creating a fair and efficient asylum system

Thursday November 6th, 2014 12:00:01 AM (Tom Frostick)
Alasdair MurrayNovember 2014 This paper shows how government can make the UK’s asylum system fairer and more efficient. It argues that the current system is anachronistic in that it was designed to manage a large influx of asylum seekers at the turn of the millennium. Asylum numbers have fallen sharply since then and, while the overall debate about migration ...

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British Future

Scotland’s moderate majority on immigration

Monday November 24th, 2014 03:33:06 PM BFTemp
Scotland has a more liberal and welcoming public immigration debate than other parts of the UK and there is a broad political consensus on the benefits of immigration. The post Scotland’s moderate majority on immigration appeared first on British Future.

Labour needs to get over its allergy to Englishness

Friday November 21st, 2014 11:54:31 AM BFTemp
Labour needs to get over its allergy to Englishness. Too many Labour voices seem uncomfortable talking about English pride or patriotism., writes Matthew Rhodes The post Labour needs to get over its allergy to Englishness appeared first on British Future.

Free movement: a conundrum for Cameron, and for UKIP too

Friday November 21st, 2014 12:15:36 AM BFTemp
As victory for Mark Reckless in Rochester and Strood gives UKIP its second MP, it also confirms that immigration and the EU look set to remain near the top of David Cameron’s “things to worry about” list The post Free movement: a conundrum for Cameron, and for UKIP too appeared first on British Future.

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
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 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

The Airbnb Economy: A Battle Britain Must Win

Thursday November 20th, 2014 11:00:00 PM
Britain can be a global hub for peer to peer...

Answering the West Lothian Question

Sunday November 16th, 2014 11:00:00 PM
Andrew Tyrie MP urges the government to finally answer the West Lothian...

Pink Planning – diluting the red tape

Thursday November 6th, 2014 11:00:00 PM
Leading economist Keith Boyfield, together with top public lawyer Daniel Greenberg, propose a simple solution to Britain’s planning...

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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

Agents of change: To end workplace exploitation, Labour needs boots on the ground

Tuesday November 25th, 2014 10:55:55 AM AnyaPearson
Quick on the heels of his ‘fight back’ speech at Senate House, which was peppered with references to inequality, low pay, and zero-hours contracts, on Monday Ed Miliband returned to the subject of insecurity, exploitation and unfairness at work by setting out a plan to “crack down on cowboy employment agencies” and so “halt the... Read more »

Why Miliband should still just make it to Number 10

Monday November 24th, 2014 01:20:42 PM AnyaPearson
The Rochester & Strood by-election may not prove to have been especially damaging to Labour, despite the hoo-ha over Emily Thornberry’s tweet. The party’s disappointing but not humiliating third place was partly due to two different streams of defectors from Labour – to Tory to keep UKIP out, and to UKIP to help defeat the... Read more »

Klass war? Labour has more work to do in selling its mansion tax

Friday November 21st, 2014 11:18:06 AM AnyaPearson
Myleene Klass’s anti-mansion tax outburst on The Agenda is evidence that Labour still has a long way to go in persuading the middle classes of its credibility on tax reform. For some, Klass’s criticism of the mansion tax made her an ‘anti-tax Boudicca’, going ‘full Paxman’ on a visibly uncomfortable Miliband. For most, however, it was... 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.

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Institute for Government

Whitehall must up its game to cope with continued austerity post-2015

Monday November 17th, 2014 09:34:44 AM andrew.murphy
Whitehall must up its game to cope with continued austerity post-2015, says new Institute for Government data report The Institute for Government has today, Tuesday 18 November, published its second Whitehall Monitor annual report. The report uses government’s own open data releases to build up a comprehensive picture of government in the UK in 2014, using ...

IfG welcomes PASC quangos report and Cabinet Office’s Review of Public Bodies Classification

Monday November 10th, 2014 04:07:56 PM andrew.murphy
Today’s PASC report on the accountability of arm’s-length government rightly highlights the “confused” and “opaque” system of arm’s-length government in the UK which results in inefficiency and undermines public trust. These findings are in line with the Institute’s previous research.

What Works Initiative

Wednesday November 26th, 2014 02:11:48 PM nicole.valentinuzzi
Institute for Government Director Peter Riddell discusses evidence-based policy on What Works on BBC Radio 4 World At One programme (32.00 mins).

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NHS patients and taxpayers will benefit from TTIP

Wednesday November 26th, 2014 11:01:16 AM Richard Wellings
As negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the United States and the European Union progress, UK critics of this landmark trade deal have made a number of claims against it. Arguably the most prominent is that it would jeopardise ...

Ditch the structural deficit: Why Osborne has struggled to hit this moving target

Tuesday November 25th, 2014 09:41:53 AM Richard Wellings
Fall-out from the Autumn Statement next week is likely to focus heavily on the slowdown in deficit reduction. Borrowing has been £3.7 billion higher this year so far compared with last, and it looks unlikely that George Osborne will hit his fiscal target for ...

How much has government spending been cut?

Sunday November 23rd, 2014 11:39:11 PM Richard Wellings
Recent public finance statistics have suggested that the UK deficit has risen in the first seven months of the financial year 2014/15. The build up to the Autumn Statement has therefore seen much discussion about the likely upward revisions the Office for Budget Responsibility ...

Joseph Rowntree Foundation

There's more to reducing poverty than Universal Credit

Tuesday November 25th, 2014 04:39:25 PM Helen Barnard
Universal Credit must be made to work. But it can’t lower poverty unless it is part of a comprehensive anti-poverty strategy, says Helen Barnard. There were tetchy exchanges this morning about the government’s flagship welfare policy – Universal Credit. The policy will eventually affect 10 million people. As we have seen with the introduction of tax credits ...

Why the Modern Slavery Bill still needs more clout

Friday November 21st, 2014 10:36:32 AM Frank Soodeen
It’s a powerful piece of legislation, but it needs fine-tuning and time is running out, says Frank Soodeen. Earlier this week the House of Lords began to examine the Modern Slavery Bill. The Bill presents a unique opportunity to tackle the sad reality of modern slavery in the UK. For the many groups and individuals pushing for a move away from thinking about ...

Young, working and renting: Report reveals changing picture of UK poverty

Friday November 21st, 2014 10:11:19 AM stewart.lee
Today (24 November) the Joseph Rowntree Foundation reveals the changing picture of poverty in the UK with the launch of its annual report Monitoring Poverty and Social Exclusion written by the New Policy Institute (NPI). This is the most up-to-date and comprehensive guide to the state of the nation ahead of the General Election ...

Policy Exchange

How to Build a Smart City: Removing the policy barriers to Britain's smart urban future

Tuesday December 16th, 2014 08:30:00 AM

The Colin Cramphorn Memorial Prize, awarded to ex-NYPD Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly

Monday November 24th, 2014 05:30:11 PM
Policy Exchange is delighted to award the Colin Cramphorn Memorial Prize to former NYPD Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly. Kelly is the longest serving Commissioner of the New York Police Department in its history - and one of the best known and respected policemen in the world. He was the first person to hold the post for a second, separate tenure.

The Efford Bill would increase complexity in the health service

Friday November 21st, 2014 02:14:21 PM
Thomas Cawston, Policy Exchange's Head of Health, criticises Clive Efford MP's Private Members' Bill aimed at reversing the supposed "privatisation" of the NHS. Thomas points out that the NHS has made use of the private sector for years, and that only 6 pence in ever pound spent by the NHS goes to the private sector.

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