Think Tanks

Children,Schools & Families

29 Oct 2009 12:22:00

The problems in assessing child poverty

Policy Exchange

"Poverty of Ambition - Why we need a new approach to tackling child poverty" (PDF)

Authors: Peter Saunders and Natalie Evans (Editor)

Publication date: 29 October 2009

The report is highly critical of the indicators used by the Labour Government to assess child poverty especially the reliance on income in defining poverty. The authors argue that this is problematic as much of the income data is incomplete and misleading and incomes fluctuate massively depending on economic factors. As a consequence it is extremely difficult to quantify whether child poverty has gone up or down during Labour's time in office. The report calls for the Government's child poverty targets to be replaced.

9 Oct 2009 16:43:00

Radical thinking on women's role in and out of the workplace


"What women want...and how they can get it" (PDF)

Author: Cristina Odone

Publication date: 9 October 2009

The author argues that while the UK has more women working than any other EU member state many of these women do not wish to work full-time and would prefer an alternative. The report is critical of Labour's gender quotas and single-earner couples being penalised in the taxation system. The paper calls for a more family-centred social policy from central government.

28 Sep 2009 13:53:00

Labour's failure in the teaching of science

Policy Exchange

"Science Fiction? Uncovering the real level of science skills at school and university"(PDF)

Author: Anna Fazackerley and Tom Richmond

Publication date: 28 September 2009

This report highlights the failure of the Labour Government to improve standards in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) and the negative impact it is having for employers in the UK. According to a recent CBI survey 92% of firms across all sectors require people with STEM skills but 59% are experiencing problems locating these people. The report criticises a lowering of standards in STEM subjects which have allowed the Government to make bold claims but done little to prepare STEM graduates for the world of work.  

13 Aug 2009 10:28:00

Cutting back on education quangos


"School quangos - A blueprint for abolition and reform" (PDF)

Authors: Tom Burkard and Sam Talbot Rice

Publication date: 13 August 2009

The report analyses the role of the leading quangos associated with education and details how the functions of these quangos can either be abolished, or transferred to the Department of Children,Schools and Families, or moved out of state ownership. The report calls for the abolition of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority and the Training and Development Agency.

31 Jul 2009 23:51:00

Reflecting the requirements of parents with young children


"Productive parents"

Authors: Thomas Cawston, Andrew Haldenby, Patrick Nolan, Laura Taylor and Elizabeth Truss

Publication date: July 2009

The report acknowledges that many parents struggle to find a healthy balance between family life and working life. The report calls for the State to do more to recognise this in the provision of maternity pay. The report argues that fathers should be encouraged to play a more active part in bringing up their children in the first few months rather than being treated as an irrelevance. In addition the report calls for maternity pay to be rebalanced towards low income families.

31 Jul 2009 11:40:00

Reforming family law and promoting marriage


"Every Family Matters - an in-depth review of family law in Britain"(PDF)

Authors: The Centre for Social Justice Family Law Review chaired by David Hodson

Publication date: July 2009

This report seeks to address issues surrounding family break-up and the consequential damage to society. It calls for a reform of family law to encourage the institution of marriage and fairer access to children in the event of divorce. The report calls for Government to recognise marriage in the taxation system and stresses that two parent families represent the best environment for children to be brought up.

30 Jul 2009 11:22:00

Labour's shameful record on poverty


"A House Divided" (PDF)

Author: Charlie Elphicke

Publication date: 30 July 2009

This report details that figures from the Office of National Statistics indicate that the poorest 5 million households in the UK are paying more in tax and receiving less in benefits than before Labour came to power. In addition, the report states that 400,000 more children are living in official poverty than in 2005 and the gap between the richest and the poorest in society is widening.

30 Jun 2009 23:30:00

An end to "ersatz A-Levels"


"A new level"

Authors: Dale Bassett, Thomas Cawston, Laurie Thraves and Elizabeth Truss

Publication date: June 2009

This report calls for an end to the "ersatz A-Levels" which have developed in the past two decades and argues for a return to a more intellectually rigorous examination system. The report recommends that as A-Levels are essentially university entrance examinations it is time that universities are put in charge of deciding the content and marking of A-Levels.

27 Apr 2009 12:56:00

A critique of European Family Law


"European Family Law - Faster Divorce and Foreign Law"(PDF)

Authors: The Centre for Social Justice Family Law Working Group chaired by David Hodson

Publication date: 27 April 2009

This report deals with complex family law issues when divorces take place between international couples who are both from EU member states. The report argues that European family law should place more emphasis on attempts of reconciliation and is critical of the speed by which divorce is granted in some European jurisdictions.