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This week, IPPR has launched the interim report of its flagship Condition of Britain study. Back in the mid-1990s, IPPR ran the Commission on Social Justice, whose report was very influential in shaping the social policy thinking of the Labour … Continue reading

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While Ed Miliband dominated the conference season, Labour was exposed on one critical area of policy: education. Hemmed in by internal debates, Labour has failed to project a clear and compelling agenda on what was once its signature policy issue. … Continue reading

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Since the publication of the Barker report in 2004, there has been a growing recognition among policymakers that the UK needs substantially to increase its housing supply. Almost 10 years on, we are nowhere near to achieving the required levels … Continue reading

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When it comes to discussions of planning reform, the issue of ‘landbanking’ is never far from the surface. Indeed, it has become the standard concern of those who are sceptical of our developers. When a minister argues the case for … Continue reading

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By chance, on the weekend that Ed Miliband was extolling the virtues of George Cadbury’s commitment to his workers in a speech on the economy, a new history of the Barrow Cadbury Trust – the grantmaking foundation that bears the … Continue reading

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The story about Newham council seeking to house 500 families in Stoke and other parts of the country because of insufficient affordable housing in the borough has reignited the debate about the government’s housing benefit cuts, amid accusations of ‘social … Continue reading

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During my stint as a special adviser to David Blunkett in the Home Office, I had the good fortune to work with the late Bernard Crick. Bernard had been appointed to advise the home secretary on the development of policies and … Continue reading

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As the government gives way to Ed Miliband’s call for a public commission of inquiry into the English riots, I thought it would inform the debate to collate some useful pieces of research and writing on riots, social disorder and … Continue reading

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The writer Peter Ackroyd – whose own name means ‘dweller in the oak forest’ – located the origin of the English imagination in the forest glades: ‘The mark or symbol of the hawthorn tree is to be found in the … Continue reading

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Next week, the Localism Bill gets its second reading in the House of Commons. In all the furore about spending cuts, relatively little attention has been paid to this bill’s radical proposals for creating directly elected mayors in 12 big … Continue reading

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