Fairness and Equality

Women and gender in the 2019 party manifestos

Claire Annesley, Francesca Gains, and Anna Sanders offer an overview of manifesto pledges concerning women. They conclude that, while most parties are taking the diversity of women and their interests seriously, it is difficult to judge the value of their offer. 
Half of the electorate are women. Research has consistently shown that women are more likely to be floating voters […]

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    ‘Free’ childcare: the party manifestos and the extensive privatisation of childcare

‘Free’ childcare: the party manifestos and the extensive privatisation of childcare

The three main party manifestos contain pledges for ‘free childcare’, yet what is missing is a policy of ensuring that families receive equal access to the same high standard of regulated childcare, argue Antonia Simon and Helen Penn.

The government has said it plans to spend £3.6 billion next year supporting ‘free’ childcare and education for three and four year […]

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    The prospects of the next government solving the social care crisis are poor

The prospects of the next government solving the social care crisis are poor

The launch of the three main party manifestos reveals scant understanding of social care issues, poorly developed proposals, a limited focus that is almost exclusively about older people, and reliance on building consensus for a long-term solution, writes Melanie Henwood. She discusses whether any of the proposals have anything substantive to offer.

At the last General Election in 2017, […]

The ABCD of social mobility: four game-changing policies

How can social mobility be improved? Lee Elliot Major and Stephen Machin write that merely tweaking existing policies will not transform society. They outline four major changes that have the potential to actually do so.

Talking social mobility is easy; addressing it is hard. In our book, Social Mobility and Its Enemies, we argued that the prospects for social mobility […]

Is it time for businesses to report on race?

At a time when businesses’ role within local communities, and society more broadly, is being reimagined to provide greater social value and impact, Siobhan Morris argues that it is time for employers to consider reporting on race.
Tackling structural inequalities in the UK is fundamental to social cohesion and to enabling economic growth to benefit all. And the case […]

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    A ‘Right to be Queer’: centring LGBT+ youth in debates over inclusive relationships and sex education

A ‘Right to be Queer’: centring LGBT+ youth in debates over inclusive relationships and sex education

In recent months, proposed reforms to Relationships and Sex Education in England have been a source of intense controversy. In particular, there has been strong opposition to the inclusion of LGBT+ identities within any new curriculum. Ben Kasstan and Peter Dunne consider how this complex debate may develop under Johnson’s government.

The debate over LGBT+ affirmative relationships and sex education […]

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    The current constitutional crisis is neither uniquely British nor uniquely about where sovereignty lies

The current constitutional crisis is neither uniquely British nor uniquely about where sovereignty lies

While the Supreme Court has signalled its determination to defend established constitutional principles in the prorogation case, a problem underlying recent crises is the idea of national sovereignty, argues Marinos Diamantides. This idea is at odds with the reality of governing nation-states.

Secular liberal constitutionalism rests on postulates replete with inevitable contradictions and paradoxes. Thus, in the UK the rule […]

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    Supreme Court judgment: in law, reason still matters, facts are relevant, and nonsense doesn’t work

Supreme Court judgment: in law, reason still matters, facts are relevant, and nonsense doesn’t work

The Supreme Court decision is a telling illustration of why all populist authoritarians need to dismantle the independent judiciary, writes Conor Gearty. He discusses the importance of the case.

Without question, the Supreme Court decision on prorogation is the finest moment in the annals of the UK’s judicial history. Building on the work of their Scottish colleagues, the Court has […]