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Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatives, has called for the Government to offer all parents income-contingent childcare loans. A new survey conducted by the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission has found that 6 in 10 working class parents have been deterred from working longer hours because of fears over childcare costs. In response Director of Bright…
Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatives, is calling for the Government to give more money to local areas to help them cope with higher numbers if the net migration target is not met. Bright Blue’s Director, Ryan Shorthouse, said: "It is not acceptable for the Government to repeatedly fail to meet its net migration target without facing…
Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, has today launched a new report calling for a new welfare settlement to support the growing proportion of the UK workforce that is self-employed. The report, entitled Standing alone? Self-employment for those on low income, provides a comprehensive overview of the characteristics of the UK’s growing proportion of the labour market…
Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, is calling on the Government to revise the unfair minimum income rule for British citizens wanting to obtain a visa for their spouse, following today's appeal by families in the Supreme Court. British citizens must currently earn more than £18,600 to obtain a visa for their non-EU spouse to live in…
Commenting on the UCAS January deadline statistical release, Bright Blue researcher James Dobson said: “Today’s UCAS statistics show that it is a myth that tuition fees deter young people with the necessary grades from applying to university. More people participating in higher education is good for individual and national prosperity. Universities are also benefiting substantially from this. It is time…
Bright Blue has criticised the Migration Advisory Committee’s recommendations to tighten access to Tier 2 visas for non-EU skilled migrants. Bright Blue Researcher, James Dobson said: "The Government should not implement the Migration Advisory Committee's recommendation to increase the minimum salary for obtaining Tier 2 visas to £30,000 for skilled non-EU migrants. It should also reject the proposal to increase…
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