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Rethinking NIMBYism

Researcher Charlie Cadywould explores whether financial compensation may stem local opposition to new energy and housing developments.

Amber Rudd, the new Energy Secretary, has set out her plans to fulfil the Conservatives’ manifesto commitment to end subsidies for onshore wind, and to give local communities the final say on new windfarm applications. Rudd, a junior Energy Minister in the last government under Lib Dem Ed Davey, is seen by many as a moderniser within the Conservative Party on climate change, compared to notable sceptics such as Owen Paterson. The new Government’s approach to give local authoritie...

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Demos Integration Hub Launches

The ground-breaking new online Demos Integration Hub has been launched, bringing together cutting-edge research and statistics on ethno-cultural integration and segregation in modern Britain.

Drawing on data from a wide range of public sources and leading independent research, the Hub provides a data-driven picture of the nation’s changing social and ethnic fabric, to encourage a more evidence-led debate about the integration and segregation of ethnic minorities, and the openness and cohesion of British society. The Integration Hub reveals a varied picture of modern Britain, in which many minority groups are benefiting from rapid upward social mobility, and others continue ...

Posted by Sophie Gaston on 21 May 2015
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The Tory To-Do List

Our Research Director, Duncan O'Leary, sizes up Cameron's new Government - and the big tasks ahead.

 If last week’s election results were a victory for small ‘c’ conservatism, so too was David Cameron’s first reshuffle of the new parliament. The immediate message was one of stability and continuity as the Prime Minister quickly reinstated key figures to the posts they held before the election. This belief in continuity is one of David Cameron’s strengths as a Prime Minister. For someone frequently derided as a ‘PR man’, he rarely succumbs to r...

Posted by Duncan O'Leary on 12 May 2015
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Welcome to Demos' 2015 Election Blog

Demos and our Centre for the Analysis of Social Media cover the 2015 General Election in real-time.

THE MORNING AFTER We saw an enormous amount of social media activity throughout the 2015 Election campaign, and here at Demos, it’s been fascinating to be able to monitor and explore it all over the past few months. The question has been asked many times: was this ‘the Social Media Election’? Looking at how strongly Labour was represented in the digital campaign, and the noise generated by its MPs and supporters, it may feel difficult to see the immediate relevance between...

Posted by on 06 May 2015
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Mili-Brand Not Such a Joke After All

Researcher Charlie Cadywould explains why the 'Mili-Brand' meeting is far from a joke.

Ever since Miliband was snapped outside Russell Brand’s home, there has been much furore at the sight of the Leader of the Opposition holding an audience with the man who says “don’t vote”. It is likely that Miliband’s visit intended to help is chances of persuading more young people to engage with the Election, but it was a gamble for a number of reasons. Not least of all, Brand has positioned himself as an anti-establishment crusader who would rather encourage...

Posted by Charlie Cadywould on 29 Apr 2015
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Labour and Conservatives Converge on Immigration

We compare Labour's 10-point plan for immigration with the policies set out in the Conservatives' 2015 General Election Manifesto.

Today, the Labour Party announced its 10-point plan for immigration, which includes tough new measures on people entering and leaving the country, and rules on the provision of benefits and to prevent the undercutting of British wages. We had a look at how these compare to the Conservatives’ own plans for immigration, as set out in their Election Manifesto – in doing so, we found a high level of convergence in the parties’ policy platforms: 1. Labour Plan: Recruiting an add...

Posted by Louis Reynolds on 28 Apr 2015
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The World Beyond

The 2015 General Election campaign has largely focused on the domestic sphere - until now. Sophie Gaston explores how the parties have been forced to look outwards.

In an election campaign unique for its distinct lack of foreign policy debate, last Friday marked a distinct shift of gear. For the most part, candidates’ attentions over the past few months have been much more firmly focused at home – not just because domestic policies inevitably, and understandably, tend to occupy a larger space in voters’ minds, but also reflecting the legacy of last year’s Scottish Independent Referendum, which has reignited a previously dormant in...

Posted by Sophie Gaston on 27 Apr 2015
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Fair Accounting

Ally Paget reacts to the Liberal Democrats’ Disability Manifesto.

It’s fair to say there’s been little love lost between the Coalition Government and disabled people as a group – and justifiably so; Demos and Scope charted the impact of welfare reform on disabled people for the first two years of the current Government. Even just considering the controversial Work Capability Assessment alone, there were problems with both implementation (with Atos, the company responsible for administering the assessment, ending its contract with DWP early...

Posted by Ally Paget on 24 Apr 2015
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Power Failure

The best response to the idea that some companies have too much power is not to centralise power in the hands of Government, writes Research Director Duncan O'Leary.

In a period dominated by big 'P' politics, there has been an important – and concerning – change to recent policy-making: the social partnership model of the Low Pay Commission (LPC) has begun to crack. This started with the decision made by the Coalition in March this year to ignore the LPC's advice on the apprenticeship minimum wage, by raising it higher than recommended. It continued with Labour's manifesto pledge to increase the minimum wage to £8.00 by ...

Posted by Duncan O'Leary on 23 Apr 2015
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On the Table

Food poverty is a blight on wealthy Britain, says Research Director Duncan O'Leary, proposing an innovative new model for tackling chronic dependence on foodbanks.

Foodbanks are in the news today, not for the first time in the election campaign. Food poverty has become a litmus test for the Government’s record on the economy and welfare reform, so attention will no doubt focus on the political impact of Full Fact’s examination of the figures.  This is understandable: that Trussell Trust statistics were raised with the Prime Minister in the first televised debate and made the front page of a national newspaper on Saturday. But there are ...

Posted by Duncan O'Leary on 22 Apr 2015
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