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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…
Bright Blue has responded to the PM's announcement of £20 million funding to provide more English language classes to combat social isolation. Ryan Shorthouse, Director of Bright Blue, said: "The Prime Minister is right to introduce stronger incentives for migrants to learn English. Being able to understand and speak English is critical to interacting with the community and securing employment.…
Bright Blue has responded to the range of social policy announcements in the PM's life chances speech today. Ryan Shorthouse, Director of Bright Blue, said: "The Prime Minister is right to highlight the growing evidence that shows the strength and diversity of an individual's social networks has a significant impact on life chances. People who have relationships with people from…
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