‘Demos is a think-tank focused on power and politics’
‘Our unique approach challenges the traditional, ‘ivory tower’ model of policymaking by giving a voice to people and communities, and involving them closely in our research.’
Demos thinktank: http://www.demos.co.uk
Here are some of the ‘people and communities’ that Demos have ‘involved’ -‘closely’ in their research:
Risk, responsibility and reward Rebalancing Risk and Responsibility, a think piece launched today, argues that Government needs to use ‘nudge’-style policy instruments to reward those who take responsibility. The provocation paper launches a new research project which is being discussed at the party conferences and will report later in 2012. Read the pamphlet.
This time it’s personal: Welfare reform and the personalisation agenda
- 5th October 2010, 09:00AM
- Conservative Party Conference. Jurys Inn, Birmingham – Room 102
Lord Freud, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Welfare Reform
Trevor Philips, Chair, EHRC
Marco Forato, Unum UK Chief Marketing Officer
Sam Fleming, Economics Editor, The Times (Chair)
This invitation-only roundtable seminar aims to flesh out the Coalition’s responsibility and personalisation agendas, and their impact on long-term welfare reform.
Building on ongoing research by the Progressive Conservatism Project at Demos, the event will ask how far Government can and should expect individuals and employers to take responsibility for welfare provision, how an insurance-based model might work and to what extent compulsion or opt-out mechanisms could work in building a culture of personal welfare provision in the UK.
This is a private event held under Chatham House rules at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham.
‘Of Mutual Benefit’ Launch
- 10th March 2011, 08:30AM
- Portcullis House, House of Commons
On Thursday 10 March, we launch Of Mutual Benefit, a new Progressive Conservatism Project report on welfare reform.
- Lord Freud, Minister for Welfare Reform
- Rt Hon. Frank Field MP
- Jack McGarry , CEO of Unum UK
- Kitty Ussher, Director of Demos (Chair)
Of Mutual Benefit: Personalised welfare for the many looks at how radical reform to incapacity benefits could provide more generous, secure coverage for individuals whilst saving the taxpayer billions. The report argues for reform to encourage and incentivise greater take-up of private welfare solutions such as personal income protection.
This is a private, invitation-only roundtable taking place under Chatham House rules in the Wilson Room, Portcullis House, House of Commons, SW1A 0AA. For more information on the project, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In case you were wondering …..
DEMOS IS FUNDED BY:
Barclays Bank, Chartered Institute of Taxation, Corporation of London, Deloitte, Deutsche Bank, Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, Lloyds TSB, London Stock Exchange, Luther Pendragon, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Provident Financial, The Co-operative Group, Unum
8% of their funding came from Fidelity Investments, Prudential, The Corporation of London and Unum.
Looking at the Project Income in their accounts – 18.79% income from 2010 came from Commercial Organisations = £122,642
The ‘big idea’ is to do away with public social security ‘welfare’ provision and for companies such as Unum to ‘replace’ it with ‘Payment Protection Insurance’
All well and good, you might think if you’re a high-earning executive or professional.
But in a land where the vast majority of people’s incomes are shrinking where millions of working families are only one push away from penury, how is that going to work out for us?
Then there’s the additional issue that even if you or your loved ones do get sick and become disabled there is no guarantee that Unum will pay out after you’ve poured all your blood, sweat and tears into that ‘protection plan’: Unum have been described by the Insurance Commissioner for California, John Garamendi, as an ‘outlaw company’ that has operated in an unlawful fashion for many years, running (disability) claims denial factories.”
It won’t ‘save the taxpayer billions’
It will bleed millions of taxpayers – we prefer the term ‘citizens’ or ‘people’ – dry with no certainty that it will pay out when you or one of your loved ones falls ill or become disabled.
Is that what Britain wants or needs?
It’s not just us as disabled people who need to be concerned about this.
This concerns every man, woman and child growing up in our country today.
We don’t recall ever being consulted about any of this. Do you?
Next time you read anything in the news about some ‘report’ or other by one of these supposedly ‘independent’ thinktanks ‘follow the money‘ and remember: The Tories, The Blairite Right of Labour, AtoS, Unum, Demos ~ THEY’RE all in it together!
~ Black Triangle Campaign
Get the data: The Bureau’s financial lobby database
The size and scale of Britain’s financial lobby has never been quantified – until now.
It took the Bureau’s Financial Lobby Team four months to map Britain’s financial services public affairs sector.
We sifted through policy consultations, registers and committee minutes, and contacted hundreds of people involved in lobbying.
Our study reveals 129 British-based organisations linked with financial services actively engaged in the UK policymaking and regulatory process. They spend a total of £92.8m and directly employ over 800 individuals.
The financial services lobby consists of public affairs staff at individual companies, public affairs consultancies, industry bodies, law firms, management consultancies, political donors, regulators and one local authority.
Our database divides into ‘Types of Organisations’ and provides a conservative estimate of the amount of money spent on public affairs engagement.
We also identify the number of people engaged with public affairs within a specific organisation and the political connections those organisations have.
There are a handful of organisations on our database which contribute to the public affairs debate but did not return calls, had no information on their website and did not file financial statements at Companies House.
We included these organisations as members of the financial services lobby but we did not attribute any financial information against their name.
We hope you find the Bureau’s Financial Lobby database useful.
We welcome your comments or suggestions.
With any database, names and situations change and positions come and go.
The Bureau is committed to quickly and accurately amend changes that may have happened since the database was compiled.
If you see anything that needs changing or that we have missed, please email email@example.com
This database is presented as a Google Docs spreadsheet. To download an editable version, select File > Download As.
Related article: How we calculated the size of the finance lobby
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