The impact of hate crime against disabled people is far reaching: police responses need to be more consistent

The numbers of hate crimes against disabled people seem to be growing although such crimes often go unreported. Sanah Sheikh looks at how some police forces are committed to tackling these crimes and changing their procedures accordingly. But there is a lack of consistency across police forces and information and learning is therefore patchy. Hate crime against disabled people needs […]

The government’s approach to reforming the House of Lords is 80 per cent of the way there. Nick Clegg needs to take courage and to go the rest of the way to a more democratic and coherent, wholly elected Senate.

After more than a century of constitutional reform debates, replacing the indefensible House of Lords with a decent elected Senate is now within sight. The government’s draft Bill is a vast improvement on previous Westminster-elite proposals. It needs only some achievable alterations to become a wholly desirable plan for reform. The key changes needed, Patrick Dunleavy writes, are fewer Senators, […]

The perceived breakdown in the legal regime of privacy protection can be addressed by certain amendments to the Human Rights Act

Following on from an Index on Censorship debate on privacy, free speech and a feral press at LSE, Andrew Scott reviews events of the ‘Privacy Spring’ and finds that while we do not need a new privacy law, some refinements to the Human Rights Act might be able to address the perceived breakdown in the legal regime of privacy protection. […]

By making ‘local’ and ‘more inclusive’ the focal point of our policies, we can achieve lasting social sustainability in our communities

The way we look at urban regeneration has undergone a transformation in the last 30 years; from a focus on the physical and economic renewal of places, to the building of vital and sustainable communities, in both the social and environmental sense. Andrea Colantonio and Tim Dixon argue that we need to build on  the achievements of previous policy on […]

The Higher Education White Paper is a good start at introducing real competition between universities for academic places

The Higher Education White Paper, released today, proposes to make student 85,000 places ‘contestable’ between universities over the next two years, allow institutions to take on more high achieving A-level students, and create up to 20,000 places for universities that charge a yearly fee of less than £7,500. Tim Leunig welcomes the White Paper and its proposals, but argues that […]

Ten years after tax, social security departments in the USA and elsewhere are moving cautiously online. The UK is pioneering ‘digital by default’ services and the advent of a universal credit at DWP could be an opportunity for breakthrough progress

Internationally, tax services are now building on solid progress in encouraging online take-up of their services. However social security services have not yet made this break through. Service Canada was the first to put employment insurance online in 2005 and they now have a 98 per cent take-up rate for new applications. The US Social Security Administration followed in 2009 […]

Nick Clegg’s proposals for reform of the House of Lords just don’t work

As part of our ongoing series on reform of the House of Lords, Lord Lipsey examines Nick Clegg’s recent proposals to reform the second chamber. He finds that the proposals will cost over £400million, lead to competition between the chambers, and are not even truly democratic. Reform is needed – but not these reforms. There are some compelling reasons why […]

Super-injunctions about the sex lives of celebrities are not in the public interest: the law should not be used to argue privacy in these cases

Super injunctions have been with us for some time. In the past, the University of Lincoln’s Barnie Choudhury has wondered whether the world had gone completely mad over the use and abuse of super injunctions. Now, after an MP let a Red Devil out of the bag, threats were issued to stop parliamentarians using a centuries old privilege and a […]

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