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    Immigration policy will be the test of Theresa May’s “shared society”

Immigration policy will be the test of Theresa May’s “shared society”

The Prime Minister has a vision for a “shared society”. Yet, the Brexit vote revealed that large sections of the population have a vision for an old order. Tony Hockley writes that in this context, the government’s immigration policy is critical. He sees Brexit as an opportunity to shift norms of local identity, and draws on the Conservative Party’s […]

The end of austerity? Not for the most needy

The Chancellor’s 2016 Autumn Statement spoke of the ‘end of austerity’. It also announced the government’s aim to do more for those who are ‘just about managing’. Amidst all this, one might easily miss the crucial fact that austerity has just dramatically intensified for one particularly vulnerable group of people, write Alice Forbess and Deborah James.

Just before announcing that […]

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    Can data-sharing improve public services? Lessons for Parliament

Can data-sharing improve public services? Lessons for Parliament

The Digital Economy Bill, currently passing through Parliament, includes proposals for HMRC information on benefits recipients to be shared with the Department of Energy and Climate Change, in order to identify citizens living in fuel poverty. Sharing data between government departments for policy purposes is not as straightforward, explains Edgar Whitley, and outlines some of the key issues that […]

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    A Trump presidency would present an enormous challenge for the UK-US ‘Special Relationship’

A Trump presidency would present an enormous challenge for the UK-US ‘Special Relationship’

A victory for Donald Trump would pose uncomfortable questions for Britain about the future of the UK-US relationship. Tim Oliver writes that despite similarities in Brexit and the politics of Trump’s rise, and the Lazarus quality of the relationship to return to life after being pronounced dead, Trump presents so many unknowns that the core of the relationship could […]

What do we mean by the ‘underclass’?

Recent evidence points to the failure of the ‘troubled families’ programme launched by the Coalition government in 2011, a programme designed to intervene in the lives of the estimated 120,000 most behaviourally anti-social families in England and Wales. As John Macnicol argues, the concept of the ‘underclass’ underpinning this initiative has a long history, and has resurfaced in various […]

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    There is no such thing as the ‘will of the people’ – Brexit needs the involvement of parliament

There is no such thing as the ‘will of the people’ – Brexit needs the involvement of parliament

Theresa May has rejected calls for the UK parliament to have a vote on the terms of Brexit, however on 12 October she accepted that there will be an opportunity for parliament to debate the country’s strategy before Article 50 is triggered. Valentino Larcinese states that the argument against parliament having a strong role in the process rests on […]

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    Theresa May’s timeline for Brexit: Canny tactics or Brexishambles?

Theresa May’s timeline for Brexit: Canny tactics or Brexishambles?

Theresa May has stated that the UK will trigger Article 50 before the end of March 2017. Iain Begg writes that while her speech gave some indication of timing, there is still no concrete statement on what kind of relationship the UK would actually like to negotiate with the EU. In the absence of this level of clarity he […]

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    Government plans will reallocate nursery funding from poorer to richer children – and no one seems to notice

Government plans will reallocate nursery funding from poorer to richer children – and no one seems to notice

The government’s grammar schools plans have been covered widely. In contrast, plans to change the funding system for nurseries and pre-schools have received little attention. But these reforms actually pose a greater threat to social mobility than proposals to expand grammar schools, argue Kitty Stewart and Ludovica Gambaro.

Social mobility has been in the news in recent weeks. Announcing government […]

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