Fabian Society

The Fabian Society is an independent left-leaning think tank and membership organisation founded in 1884. We influence political and public thinking and provide a space for broad and open-minded debate. 

The society aims to promote: greater equality of power, wealth and opportunity; the value of collective action and public service; an accountable, tolerant and active democracy; citizenship, liberty and human rights; sustainable development; multilateral international cooperation. We publish insight, analysis and opinion; conduct research and undertake major policy inquiries; convene conferences, speaker meetings and roundtables; and facilitate member debate and activism across the UK.

We are one of the original founders of the Labour party and are constitutionally affiliated to the party as a socialist society. We have a stake in Labour’s democratic processes at local, regional and national level. But we are wholly independent of the party editorially, organisationally and financially.

We are a membership movement, active throughout Britain and open to everyone on the left, with over 7000 members. We don’t have organisational policy views but believe radical long-term goals are best advanced through empirical, practical, gradual reform.


Latest reports

Cost cutters

This report from UK think tank the Fabian Society sets out how the UK can address the poverty premium and make markets work for low-income families. The recent cost-of-living crisis and fall in living standards has been unprecedented in living memory. And while the rate of inflation may have fallen, families are still struggling to...

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When I’m 64: A strategy to tackle poverty before state pension age

This report from UK think tank the Fabian Society presents a strategy to tackle poverty before state pension age. People usually associate the years before state pension age with affluence, not poverty. But the UK is facing a hidden poverty crisis among 60 to 65-year-olds. A quarter of people aged 60 to 65 live in...

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Caring for carers

This report from UK think tank the Fabian Society offers policy options for carers' employment and financial protection. Carers make a massive contribution to society which all too often goes unrecognised, unsupported and unrewarded. The value of unpaid care has been estimated as almost equivalent to a second NHS, yet 44 per cent of working-age...

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Climbing the mountain

This report from UK think tank the Fabian Society looks at Labour's key battlegrounds at the next election. A new Fabian Society and YouGov survey shows Labour leading the Conservatives by 24 percentage points nationally. Even more concerning for the Tories, a sub-sample shows Labour leading by 34 percentage points in 150 marginal seats identified...

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Equal footing

This report from UK think tank the Fabian Society sets out why we cannot afford to ignore inequality. For a long time, the UK was viewed as a leader in promoting equality. Yet as this pamphlet explains, over recent years that reputation has been substantially diminished. On a rhetorical level, the Conservative government has never...

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Whatever the weather

This report from UK think tank the Fabian Society looks at a progressive strategy for climate resilience and adaptation. Climate change is already a major risk to our health, homes and infrastructure. Flooding, heatwaves and drought are more common than in the past, and they are projected to continue to become more frequent and severe....

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The final furlong

This report from UK think tank the Fabian Society looks at what the public wants from the next election. Almost four years on from Labour’s historic defeat in 2019, the party is now on the brink of power. There is an increasing expectation amongst the public that Labour will win the next election, and make...

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By the people, with the people

This report from UK think tank the Fabian Society looks at how the NHS can work with us to make us partners in our own health. Policy documents have, for decades, sketched out a more sustainable vision for our healthcare system – with an apparently clear consensus that this will be achieved by moving away...

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In tandem

This report from UK think tank the Fabian Society puts forward the case for coordinated economic policymaking. The daunting array of economic problems facing Britain – low growth, inadequate investment, stagnant productivity, accelerating climate change and suppressed wages – are closely connected. Yet since 1997, the institutions most responsible for addressing them, the Treasury and...

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Working Nein to Five

This report from UK think tank the Fabian Society looks at what the UK can learn from Germany about work-life balance. Poor work-life balance is bad for our health, bad for the economy and steals time we could spend with loved ones. Yet it is endemic in the UK: nearly half of the workforce said...

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Working nein to five

This report from UK think tank the Fabian Society looks at what the UK can learn from Germany about work-life balance. Poor work-life balance is bad for our health, bad for the economy and steals time we could spend with loved ones. Yet it is endemic in the UK: nearly half of the workforce said...

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Equality and empowerment

This report from UK think tank the Fabian Society looks at a progressive proposal for fiscal devolution and economic development in England. England is generally agreed to be the most centralised nation of its size in the developed world, with central government involved in almost all aspects of how local authorities operate. Despite the extensive...

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Plans for power

This report from UK think tank the Fabian Society looks at Fabian ideas for transforming Britain. Think tanks are not political parties. Most of the time we examine policy problems one by one. It is not our role or responsibility to construct comprehensive political programmes. But there are occasions when it is important to take...

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Leading the way

This report from UK think tank the Fabian Society looks at lessons for Labour from Europe. The Fabian Society and the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) asked politicians and activists from across Europe for words of advice for UK Labour. The responses bring together insights from as far afield as Galați in eastern Romania...

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Lawful and fair

This report from UK think tank the Fabian Society looks at building a better migration system. Migration policy in Britain is failing. It does not work for communities, it does not work for the economy, and it does not work for migrants themselves. The British public want a sensible, workable, middle-ground solution – a fair...

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