2002 saw a flurry of media stories questioning the motives behind large donations to political parties. These stories brought the funding of the parties into focus and have led to calls for reform of the current system.
This report aims to find areas of cross-party consensus and advocates some basic principles behind reform. 'This is a valuable and thought-provoking report. While not all of its conclusions will command acceptance, they should be thought about carefully by the Government before it proceeds to any reforms in the funding of political parties.'
-Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Brasenose College, Oxford.
Snakes and ladders: Tackling precarity in social security and employment supportAcross the country, people are trying to make ends meet, build financial security and pursue their aspirations. But, in a vicious cycle of snakes and ladders, many are being pulled down into poverty.
Making markets: The City's role in industrial strategyTo tackle climate change, we need a significant increase in public and private capital investment.
Broken hearted: A spotlight paper on cardiovascular diseaseProgress on cardiovascular disease was a significant driver of better health and prosperity in the latter half of the 20th century, however progress has recently stalled – with indications it may be in reverse.