The Upside to the Downsize

Lynda Blackwell of the Financial Conduct Authority, the UK’s financial markets regulator, came under fire last week for describing Britain as having…

Posted by demos on October 1st, 2015

Family Matters

Welfare reform dominated the Chancellor’s Summer Budget, and one of the most significant areas pinpointed for an overhaul is Child Tax Credit…

Posted by demos on September 30th, 2015

Viral Power

A single man, alone, against a column of Chinese tanks. The Stars N’ Stripes half-raised above Iwo Jima. Phan Thj Kim Phuc…

Posted by demos on September 22nd, 2015

Clegg’s Eurovision

The EU isn’t perfect, said Nick Clegg at a Demos fringe event last night, and pro-Europeans shouldn’t pretend that it is….

Posted by demos on September 22nd, 2015

Web forums and the ‘core self’ of mental illness experience

The House of Commons Health Committee’s 2014 report highlighted the need for mental health services to keep up with the…

Posted by demos on September 3rd, 2015

Fit for Purpose

The key focus of Iain Duncan Smith’s speech yesterday addressed sickness benefits, and how Government judges if people are fit for work. There…

Posted by demos on August 25th, 2015

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

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

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