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Friday, 16 January 2015 17:15

The importance of local welfare assistance

Megan Jarvie is London Campaign Coordinator at Child Poverty Action Group Maria is one of thousands of parents up and down the country who have received support from their council through local welfare provision funding. She was living with her abusive partner and her child, with no access to the household’s money, and no family in the country. When she took the brave step of fleeing her husband to a Solace Women’s Aid refuge, she was reliant on this funding…
Wednesday, 14 January 2015 16:32

How Conservatives differ on welfare

David Kirkby is a Researcher at Bright Blue All families disagree and when it comes to welfare, the Conservative family is no exception. Conservative voters view welfare differently, depending upon characteristics such as age, class and region. In Bright Blue’s report, Give and take, we explored how conservatives think about welfare, identifying ten views and principles held by conservatives: Inevitably however, acceptance of these views and principles exists on a spectrum. In practice, particular Conservative voters place different emphasis upon…
Bright Blue have found that nearly one in five grandparents rarely or never see their grandchildren, while one in four spend time caring for their grandchildren. In polling conducted by Survation for Bright Blue’s recent report, Give and take, it was found that nearly one in five grandparents rarely or never see their grandchildren. By contrast, one in four grandparents were found to have caring responsibilities for their grandchildren: • 18% of grandparents report that they rarely/never see their grandchildren.…
Wednesday, 07 January 2015 15:10

Why do people choose self-employment?

Austen Saunders is a Researcher at Bright Blue Bright Blue is currently undertaking some detailed research on self-employment for people on low-incomes. We’ll be publishing a report in the spring, but I wanted to take a moment to look at an important issue in this area: for most self-employed people, money isn’t the number one reason they become self-employed. About ten years ago the ONS asked self-employed people what their motivations were. Thirty per cent said that they’d chosen self-employment…
Tuesday, 16 December 2014 08:13

Single parents and benefit sanctions

Philippa Newis is a Policy Officer at Gingerbread We all want a welfare system that is fit for purpose; one where limited resources are used wisely to support unemployed people back into work. Checks and balances - or “conditionality” – is a long-standing component of welfare-to-work provision. Conditionality sets out what is expected of people who are preparing or looking for work. For over a decade, single parents have experienced increasing levels of conditionality. Tougher rules come with a heightened…
Austen Saunders is a Researcher at Bright Blue As Mary Poppins teaches, if you tell a child something’s a game they’ll work all day long with utter joy. Like Adam and Eve, being bitter about work is something we learn. Maybe that means we can unlearn whatever bad lessons have landed us with an economy of “bullshit jobs” and sour, unproductive desk drones (apologies to happy, productive drones). But salaries are going out of fashion. One of the most important…
Ryan Shorthouse is the Director of Bright Blue The Prime Minister's immigration speech was pragmatic not populist, rightly showing clear blue water with UKIP's anti-immigration agenda. Two important arguments were made. First, he argued strongly and passionately that immigration has been largely beneficial for Britain both economically and culturally. Second, he has recognised - after the failure to achieve the net migration target - that it is important to make promises on immigration that he can keep. Changing the EU…
Friday, 28 November 2014 09:29

How conservatives think about welfare

David Kirkby is a Researcher at Bright Blue Today, Bright Blue released its report, Give and take, exploring how conservatives think about welfare and offering policy recommendations to improve the effectiveness of the system and support for it. Public support for state welfare is at a historic low and amidst an unsupportive public, Conservative voters stand out as particularly unsympathetic to state welfare. In this report, we go back to first principles about how conservatives view the vulnerable and impoverished…
Alison Garnham is Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group Food banks have become a political football. Some say demand is driven by supply: if you build it, they will come. Others point to the rising cost of living, especially food price inflation, or benefit cuts as the key drivers of demand (or need). Yet, with the notable exception of a long-suppressed report for Defra, and regular figures on food bank use from the Trussell Trust, in-depth evidence on reasons…
Bright Blue is delighted to announce that award-winning journalist and author Matthew d’Ancona has been appointed its Chair. Commenting on the appointment, Director of Bright Blue Ryan Shorthouse said: “Conservatism is at a crossroads. It is vital that an optimistic, modern and compassionate conservatism has a strong identity and voice – for the long-term success of the Conservative Party and the country. We’re thrilled Matt is becoming the Chair of Bright Blue to help us articulate and champion liberal conservatism.…

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