Contours of a new Conservatism

With media attention so focused on the Labour leadership race, something interesting is happening to Conservative politics at the moment. I think…

Posted by demos on August 11th, 2015

“The inherent right of every commoner” – changing how we petition Parliament

There is an idea that the presentation of a petition is an empty form – that it is ordered to lie upon…

Posted by demos on August 3rd, 2015

Making the Most of Online Health Data

The internet is changing people’s approach to healthcare. The last 10 years have witnessed a dramatic increase in the number of people…

Posted by demos on July 31st, 2015

Stealing Votes or Re-Engaging Voters? UKIP and the Fragmentation of the Far Right

Pundits frequently discuss the rise of radical politics in the UK but one underexplored question is what accounts for the recent demise…

Posted by demos on July 28th, 2015

Why the Green Deal Failed

The Government’s decision to end funding for the Green Deal early should not come as a surprise. Primarily offering loans to customers…

Posted by demos on July 27th, 2015

A Bold Step onto Rocky Ground

David Cameron’s speech yesterday was his boldest on the subject of extremism yet, and will undoubtedly move the debate on the causes…

Posted by demos on July 21st, 2015

A Glass Half Full?

We are used to media panics about alcohol and the social problems it causes. And indeed, very real problems remain for the…

Posted by demos on July 15th, 2015

Government shifts gear on planning reform

Before coming to power, and in the early years of the last Parliament, the Government made much of its commitment to localism….

Posted by demos on July 10th, 2015

Designing an Apprenticeships Levy that Works

One surprise announcement of the Summer Budget is the new apprenticeships levy. This is intended to help meet the government’s target of…

Posted by demos on July 10th, 2015

Demos Responds to the Summer Budget

The Chancellor’s Summer Budget was billed as bold and delivered on the promise. It marks a clear break with the Coalition…

Posted by demos on July 8th, 2015

Equality of Opportunity and the Productivity Puzzle

While the Budget announced today will be the first Conservative Budget since 1996, it will focus on the same old problems that…

Posted by demos on July 8th, 2015

The Terms of Trade

Sunday trading – set to feature in today’s Budget – is one of those political issues that can leave you between…

Posted by demos on July 8th, 2015

Mind the Gap

Ahead of the Chancellor’s Summer Budget, the majority of media attention has focused on where the Government’s foreshadowed £12bn in spending cuts…

Posted by demos on July 6th, 2015

The dilemmas of decentralisation

Yesterday was the final day of the Independent Living Fund (ILF). This money, which has been distributed by central Government to…

Posted by demos on July 2nd, 2015

Closing the Inequalities Gap on Character Education

“I have never visited a school that excelled academically, which didn’t also excel in extra-curricular activities. As top heads and teachers already…

Posted by demos on June 29th, 2015

English, Not Employment, Must Come First for Migrants

The ability to speak English is widely considered essential to integration into British society. Not only has this view been promoted by…

Posted by demos on June 26th, 2015

The Opportunities of Change

The new Government has wasted little time in making it clear that welfare policy will be high on the agenda for 2015,…

Posted by demos on June 24th, 2015

Overcoming the Barriers to Impactful Policy

On Tuesday evening, the Boston Consulting Group hosted a reception to formally launch their new Centre for Public Impact – an…

Posted by demos on June 18th, 2015

The Local Solution to Energising Democracy

The Government’s localism agenda has changed the planning system in a number of important ways over the last five years. Regional…

Posted by demos on June 17th, 2015

Squaring the Circle

There are no good elections to lose – but some are better than others to win. Yesterday demonstrated both sides of the…

Posted by demos on June 11th, 2015