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New figures from the Trussell Trust show that half a million emergency food parcels were distributed by their foodbanks in six months. Bright Blue is calling on the government to develop an alternative approach to welfare reform that is not dominated by cost-cutting. Commenting on Trussell Trust's foodbanks figures, Ryan Shorthouse, Director of Bright Blue, said: "The Trussell Trust's foodbanks…
Wednesday, 02 November 2016 00:00

Bright Blue comments on Client Earth court case

The government's plan for tackling UK's air pollution has been judged illegal in high court today. Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, found that four in ten local authorities are in breach of legal air quality limits and is campaigning for city councils to be enabled to establish low emission zones. Commenting, Sam Hall, Environment Researcher at…
Government statistics show that as many as 40% of local authorities in the UK breached legal air quality limits last year. Figures obtained by Neil Parish MP in a Written Parliamentary Question to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs reveal that as many as 169 local authorities (out of a UK total of 418) were found to be…
Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, believes the Government is wrong in refusing to take international students out of the net migration target. Bright Blue research shows that the overwhelming majority of the public, including Conservative voters, do not want less international students. Ryan Shorthouse, Director of Bright Blue, commented: "The Government is wrong to want to…
Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, is critical of the Government's u-turn on resits. Education secretary Justine Greening announced today that she will abandon statutory resits in year 7 on arrival. Commenting, Ryan Shorthouse, Director of Bright Blue, said: "The Conservative Government is wrong not to proceed with their manifesto commitment of requiring children who do not…
Commenting on the Department for Work and Pension's Universal Credit figures, Nigel Fletcher, Head of Research at Bright Blue, said: “The government’s stated aims for introducing Universal Credit are worthy ones– ensuring that work pays more than welfare, simplifying the system for claimants, and encouraging personal responsibility. But there are a number of specific concerns about the way the new…
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