Welcome to this week’s Talk Issues ‘Thinktank Roundup’ – your one-stop review of all the best publications, research, commentary and events from leading UK think tanks. Not surprisingly in the week of the Queen’s speech various thinktanks responds to their fears & hopes from the government legislative programme for the next 18 months.
Reports, Publications & Research
- The Joseph Rowntree Foundation publishes a report into how better staff development can enhance health and social care provision for older people in residential homes.
- With Capital Gains Tax looking like a potential stumbling block for the Coalition Government the Adam Smith Institute has a report looking the impact of CGT rises on revenues. Also from the ASI a paper from Eamonn Butler on why Britain needs an Economic Responsibility Act.
- Demos publish a fascinating pamphlet, Resilient Places, on what it terms our ‘heritage infrastructure’ – disused railways, old routeways and quiet canals from our industrial past – and how it can be harnessed to support future development in communities:
“In a world in which financial and material resources are short, this pamphlet examines detailed examples of how communities, businesses and local government have come together to make use of heritage infrastructure, and looks at lessons that they might hold more generally. The recession need not lead to a halt to development: it can prompt us to alter practice and behaviours.”
- The latest report in the IPPR’s Devolution in Practice series is now available to order with an executive summary available to view online.
- The Work Foundation has a “policy prospectus for the first 100 days of the new government”.
Briefs, Articles & Comment
- The Demos blog carries an interesting piece – Bitter Medicine – from Sonia Sodha on the first round of cuts announced last week and what pointers can be found for future cuts in spending.
- In the wake of Work & Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith’s announcement about reform of the welfare system Mike Brewer has a good short ‘Observation’ for the IFS on what can be done to simplify benefits and strengthen work incentives.
- Policy Exchange Director Neil O’Brien has an article examining the stability of the Liberal Conservative coalition.
- The New Local Government Network responds to the coalition’s Decentralisation and Localism Bill, urging the Government to “focus as much on local financial reform as political change”
Speeches & Events
- In anticipation of the coalition’s Great Repeal Bill the Institute of Economic Affairs are hosting a debate on which laws should be reformed, amended or completely repealed. The debate, at 18:00 on Thursday 3rd June at 2 Lord North Street, Westminster will be chaired by Mark Littlewood (director-general, Institute of Economic Affairs), speakers include Professor Philip Booth (Institute of Economic Affairs), Guy Herbert (general secretary, NO2ID), Shane Frith (director, classical liberal think tank Progressive Vision), author and historian Chris Snowdon, and Simon Clark (director, smokers’ lobby group Forest). More details here.
- On Wednesday 23rd June, following the coalition’s emergency budget, the IFS will host a lunchtime briefing at Senate House (near the IFS offices) in London – an opportunity to hear a considered view of the Chancellor’s announcements from Institute staff. The event isn’t free & registration is required – more details here.
- On 7th June The Kings Fund will hold a half-day conference exploring the implications of the changing policy and political environment for those working in the NHS and leading health care organisations.
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