Centre Think Tank

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Centre Think Tank
Centrist think tank
Websitehttps://centrethinktank.co.uk/

Centre Think Tank is a centrist cross party think tank and pressure group based in the United Kingdom[1]. It supports a "...comprehensive welfare state alongside free markets"[2] by publishing papers, policies and articles on those subjects.

History

The think tank was set up as a company on the 16th of January 2020[1] but it was preceded by the organisations Liberal Leave, a section of Vote Leave[3], and New Liberals[4].

Campaigns

As a campaigning group it has supported calls such as being a part of an open letter in the The Sunday Times|Sunday Times calling for a Proportional Property Tax[5]. As part of this, the think tank was included in written evidence to the Treasury Select Committee[6].

Its members have also called for an end to Selective school|academic selection and the system of grammar schools and secondary moderns that remain in some areas of England and Northern Ireland[7]. This included their Director, Torrin Wilkins, writing to the Labour Party (UK)|Labour Party policy forum on the issue[8].

They also support UK membership of the European Free Trade Association, something highlighted in their interview with the leader of the Liberal Democrats (UK)|Liberal Democrats, Ed Davey[9] during the 2020 Liberal Democrats leadership election.

As part of their campaigns they have joined various coalitions and partnered with organisations such as Make Votes Matter[10], the Lift the Ban coalition[11] and the Liberal Conservatives[12].

Publications

The organisation has published several papers[13], the publication itself having an International Standard Serial Number[14]. Their fourth paper called for students to be able to use toilets' during lessons[15] which was covered by the Free Market Conservatives[16].

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Centre published two reports[17][18] proposing solutions for those excluded from the governments British government response to the COVID-19 pandemic|furlough scheme and the British government response to the COVID-19 pandemic|Self Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS). The latter of these on expanding furlough was covered by the The Yorkshire Post|Yorkshire Post[19] and received a response from HM Treasury[20].

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "CENTRETHINKTANK LTD - Overview (free company information from Companies House)". find-and-update.company-information.service.gov.uk. Retrieved 2021-02-15.
  2. "Centre Think Tank". Centre Think Tank. Retrieved 2021-02-15.
  3. "About the Campaign". Vote Leave. Retrieved 2021-02-15.
  4. "Our story". Centre Think Tank. 2021-01-02. Retrieved 2021-02-15.
  5. [email protected] "Letters to the Editor: Test us weekly — and let us hug our parents again". ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved 2021-02-15.
  6. "Written evidence submitted by Andrew Dixon (Founder at Fairer Share); Matthew Lesh (Head of Research at Adam Smith Institute); Torrin Wilkins (Director at Centre Think Tank)". committees.parliament.uk. Retrieved 2021-02-16.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. Bartley, Joanne (2020-01-20). "Why grammar schools should go". Comprehensive Future. Retrieved 2021-02-15.
  8. "Abolish selective education / Early Years, Education and Skills / Policy Commissions / Labour Policymaking". policyforum.labour.org.uk. Retrieved 2021-02-16.
  9. "Centre interviews the Liberal Democrat leadership contenders (Part 2: Ed Davey)". Liberal Democrat Voice.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. "Make Votes Matter - The PR Alliance - Proportional Representation". Make Votes Matter. Retrieved 2021-02-16.
  11. "Lift the Ban". Retrieved 2021-02-16.
  12. "Liberal Conservatives Partnerships".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  13. "Publications". Centre Think Tank. 2021-01-02. Retrieved 2021-02-15.
  14. "ISSN 2634-4696 (Online) | Centre Think Tank | The ISSN Portal". portal.issn.org. Retrieved 2021-02-15.
  15. "Bathroom Breaks". Centre Think Tank. 2021-01-04. Retrieved 2021-02-16.
  16. Conservatives, Free Market (2020-07-23). "The outdated rules on bathroom breaks in schools are in dire need of reform". Retrieved 2021-02-16.
  17. "Excluded to included". Centre Think Tank. 2021-01-04. Retrieved 2021-02-15.
  18. "Expanding furlough". Centre Think Tank. 2021-01-13. Retrieved 2021-02-15.
  19. "Paper provides options to ease anguish of those excluded from Government support - Greg Wright". www.yorkshirepost.co.uk. Retrieved 2021-02-15.
  20. "'Government must act to help up to 800,000 people who have been refused furlough'". www.yorkshirepost.co.uk. Retrieved 2021-02-15.

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