Policy progress: UK think tanks in 2020

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Today we publish the second annual think tank survey Policy Progress: UK think tanks in 2020. Whereas last year’s survey focused a lot on the overall health of public policy debate in the UK after a few years of political turmoil this survey shows that (unsurprisingly) Covid-19 has dominated the past year for the think… Read more »

The Care Commitment

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This report from UK think tank Demos proposes a new model of social care for England. In a new pamphlet, Conservative MP Danny Kruger – former Political Secretary to Boris Johnson and the author of a recent government review of civil society – is calling for a bold new idea to help solve the social… Read more »

How to be an effective commissioner

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This report from UK think tank the Institute for Government looks at how to help government-appointed commissioners succeed in their roles. Creating a new Migrants’ Commissioner was one of the key recommendations of Wendy Williams’ review of the Windrush scandal. But just creating a post, something governments have done with increasing frequency, does not guarantee… Read more »

The university of life

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This report from UK think tank the Sutton Trust looks at activities offered at university, to see how well they develop employability and essential life skills. Traditionally, there has been a focus on the academic side of university. But with more young people studying for degrees in an increasingly competitive job market, it is now… Read more »

Covid-19 and the university experience

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This report from UK think tank The Sutton Trust looks at the participation of undergraduate students in wider university life during the pandemic. University students have faced a challenging year, and the academic experience has been widely discussed. But higher education is much broader than just what happens in the lecture hall, with the benefits… Read more »

How nations succeed: analyses of national transformation

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This report from UK think tank the Legatum Institute identifies the building blocks of institutional, economic, and social wellbeing. Creating a pathway from poverty to prosperity is a goal for many national leaders, and the objective of public and private international development organisations. But what is needed to realise this common ambition, and who should… Read more »

Time to think again

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This report from UK think tank the Social Market Foundation looks at disability benefits and support after COVID-19. The benefits system for disabled people, and the support that accompanies it, are broken. Despite decades of reforms from successive governments, nearly half of all people in poverty in the UK are either disabled themselves or live… Read more »

How abusive lawsuits block accountability – and what we can do to fight back

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This briefing from UK think tank the Foreign Policy Centre looks at the intersection of the safety of journalists and anti-corruption. As part of our Unsafe for Scrutiny project, the Foreign Policy Centre (FPC) has started a new series of fortnightly articles focused on topics at the intersection of safety of journalists and anti-corruption. Our… Read more »