is the leading progressive think-tank in the UK
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. It produces research and policy ideas committed to upholding values of social justice
Social justice generally refers to the idea of creating a society or institution that is based on the principles of equality and solidarity, that understands and values human rights, and that recognizes the dignity of every human being. The term and modern concept of "social justice" was coined by...
, democratic reform
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and environmental sustainability. IPPR is based in London
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and IPPR North has branches in Newcastle
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It was founded in 1988. The founding director was James Cornford. ] The current director is Nick Pearce http://www.ippr.org/uploadedFiles/pressreleases/Nick%20Pearce_ippr%20interview.pdf
, a former Head of the No 10 Policy Unit and special advisor to David Blunkett
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MP. Former members of staff include the current pensions minister Liberal Democrat MP Steve Webb
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and former Labour cabinet ministers Patricia Hewitt
Patricia Hope Hewitt is an Australian-born British Labour Party politician, who was the Member of Parliament for Leicester West from 1997 until 2010. She served in the Cabinet until 2007, most recently as Health Secretary....
and David Miliband
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The Institute edits a quarterly journal called Public Policy Research
(PPR, formerly New Economy
), published by Blackwell
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, which features articles from academics and politicians.
IPPR is an independent registered charity. Funding comes from:
•trust and foundation grants
•European and international funds
•central and local government funding
•corporate, public sector and voluntary sector support
The institute undertakes research in the following areas:
- Assets and wealth
- Children and families
- Climate change and environment
- Crime and justice
- Democracy, power and citizenship
- Economy and business
- Health and social care
International, security and human rights
Migration and integration
Welfare and poverty
In the mid-1990s, the IPPR was best known for its Commission on Social Justice, which provided the basis for many of the policies of the New Labour government that came to power in 1997, including the New Deal
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. One of IPPR's first policy ideas was congestion charging which was subsequently introduced by Ken Livingstone
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. Child Trust Fund
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s were first conceived by the IPPR in 2000, and were subsequently adopted by the government in 2005.
The IPPR is founding member and acting Secretariat of the Global Climate Network
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, an alliance of influential think-tanks and research institutes working on climate change policy in nine countries, including the USA, China, India and South Africa.
IPPR's trustees are:
- James Purnell
James Mark Dakin Purnell is a British Labour Party politician, who was the Member of Parliament for Stalybridge and Hyde from 2001 to 2010. He is currently the Head of the Open Left project at the left leaning think tank Demos...
- The Lord Eatwell
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- The Lord Hollick
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- John Makinson
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- Dr Nitin Parekh
- Baroness Kate Parminter
- Donald Peck
- David Pitt-Watson
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- Chris Powell
- Dame Jane Roberts
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