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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…
Bright Blue welcomes the Prime Minister’s progress on restricting EU migrant access to in-work benefits. Our Senior Research Fellow, David Kirkby said: “The Prime Minister appears to be winning support in Europe for restricting EU migrant access to in-work benefits, which is a key plank of his renegotiation strategy. This is encouraging and is an important step towards an immigration…
Bright Blue has launched the latest edition of its magazine Centre Write on ‘The future of work’, advocating that the UK should have a higher proportion of people in their late sixties and seventies in work to boost individual and national prosperity. The magazine includes contributions from a range of leading politicians and opinion formers, including the Secretary of State…
Bright Blue has responded to the latest figures on net migration, which shows that net annual migration from end of Q2 2014 to end of Q2 2015 was at a record 336,000. Commenting, Director of Bright Blue, Ryan Shorthouse, said: “The Conservative Government needs to develop a strong record of competence on managing our immigration system. That means new, deliverable…
Wednesday, 25 November 2015 17:06

Bright Blue's response to the Spending Review

Bright Blue has today responded to elements of the Government’s Spending Review. Tax Credits The Government will not proceed with the changes to the tax credit threshold and taper announced at the Summer Budget 2015. The tax credits income threshold will remain at £6,420 from April 2016 and the tax credits taper will remain at 41% of gross income. Commenting,…
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