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Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism and home of Conservative modernisers, urges the Government to supplement but not abandon the current relative poverty measure. David Kirkby, Senior Research Fellow at Bright Blue, said: “The Government is right to broaden the definition and measures of poverty. The causes of poverty are multiple. In fact, there are more than the ones this Government have identified: it can also stem from poor education, low pay and loneliness. But money matters.…
Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism and home of conservative modernisers, today criticises the Government’s announcement of its intention to privatise the UK Green Investment Bank (GIB). Ben Caldecott, an Associate Fellow of Bright Blue and a former advisor to the UK Green Investment Bank Commission, said: "I admire the UK Green Investment Bank and what it has achieved so far, but the last thing we need is a publicly supported, but privately owned, asset manager using…
Sonya Sceats is Director of Policy and Advocacy at Freedom from Torture and tweets from @SonyaSceats The Prime Minister's announcement that he will boost refugee resettlement was a victory for Freedom from Torture and others calling for such a pledge as part of the UK's response to treacherous trips across the Mediterranean Sea by torture survivors and other desperate people. Now that we have won the argument in principle that Britain can do more to help, we need to get…
Bright Blue has launched a new report entitled Understanding how ethnic minorities think about immigration, outlining how ethnic minorities view the purpose of the immigration system, which types of immigrants should be let into the UK, the impact of immigration, and their views on the integration of immigrants.Commenting on the report, co-author and Director of Bright Blue, Ryan Shorthouse said:"Electoral support for the Conservative Party among ethnic minority groups is rising, but is still low in comparison to the Labour…
Commenting on the 2015 General Election results, Bright Blue's Director, Ryan Shorthouse, said: "Undecided and wavering UKIP and Liberal Democrat voters switched to the Conservative Party in the final moments of the election to give it a majority. But their impressions of the parties and their leaders were cemented long ago, and that's why they voted Conservative in the end. Conservatives have been seen to be broadly successful on sorting out the economy. David Cameron has long been seen as…
As Britain gloried under clear and warm Spring skies yesterday, David Cameron launched an equally sunny Conservative manifesto, glowing with optimism about our shared potential to build a 'brighter, more secure future'. Cameron made it clear that the sunlit national uplands he described were strong because of their underlying social structure - the 'good deeds and good humour' of Britain's families and communities. Arguing that the country thrived when these social institutions thrived, he set out a support package to…
Bright Blue has today launched a new report entitled A manifesto for immigration, recommending about 30 new policy ideas on immigration for the Conservative Party to adopt in its upcoming General Election manifesto.Bright Blue’s manifesto draws on four priorities for centre-right voters, opinion formers and decision makers that were identified in two earlier papers from its year-long immigration project: that the government competently manages the immigration system, that we build a contributory-based immigration system, that more integration of immigrants is…
Wednesday, 01 April 2015 11:53

Where are the swing voters?

RegistHERtoVote campaign team. With the short campaign now in full swing we need to ask ourselves - where are the swing voters? Who are they? And where is the new centre-ground? Looking at the statistics, women voters are absolutely UK politics’ centre-ground. The polling shows that women are more undecided about who to vote for, more open to political argument and less entrenched in tribal loyalty than men. However, women are also less likely to be certain that they are…
Dan Wilson Craw is a spokesman for Generation Rent After five years bearing the brunt of the coalition’s austerity programme, young adults have finally been treated to a cash giveaway by the government. The Help to Buy ISA is the latest in a string of policies aimed at helping people into home ownership, and is likely to have a much higher take-up than the existing mortgage schemes.Help to Buy mortgages have been in place for nearly two years, but are…
Monday, 23 March 2015 15:25

Meeting the childcare challenge

Sumi Rabindrakumar is Research Officer at Gingerbread, and tweets at @GingerbreadPA As most parents will be aware, it can be hard juggling work around caring responsibilities. This tends to be particularly difficult for single parents, who lack the option of ‘shift parenting’ that couple parents can use. This is why childcare affordability is so critical to making work a possibility for single parents. And it is why the significant rise in childcare costs over time is so concerning. Plans to…

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