Issue Briefs

badger culling

Badger Culling

An overview of badger culling, its history, the arguments made by farmers groups around bovine tb, and the opposition case made by animal welfare campaigners.Read More
Monetary Policy Committee

Bank of England Independence

An overview of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee, how it works, its history, and the debate around whether it should be independent of politics.Read More

BBC Bias

An overview of the various accusations of political bias made against the BBC, including the history of the claims, and the various different forms they take.Read More
Calls for BBC bosses to quit

BBC TV Licence Fee

An overview of the BBC Licence Fee: how it works, the arguments made around its abolition and retention, and details of potential alternative ways to fund the BBC.Read More

Bedroom tax

An overview of the bedroom tax, the rules surrounding it, its impact, the motivation behind the policy, the opposition made to it, and successful legal challenges in the courts.Read More


An overview of the legal position surrounding begging in the United Kingdom, and of the current political debate that accompanies it.Read More
Birmingham finally fell to Labour on May 3rd this year

Birmingham Congestion Charge

An overview of proposals for the introduction of a congestion charge in Birmingham.Read More

British Summer Time

An overview of the arrangements for British Summer Time, the main proposals for reform, and the arguments made for and against a change in the clocks. Read More

Broiler chicken

An overview of the political debate around broiler chickens, covering current practices in the UK, the arguments supporting the practice, and the campaigns mounted in opposition.Read More
Brownfield Land

Brownfield Development

An overview of brownfield development covering it definition, scale, history, current policy, and the political debate surrounding brownfield sites.Read More
school bullying

Bullying in schools

An overview of school bullying in the UK, including the prevalence of out of school bullying and cyber bullying.Read More

Bus lanes

A quick overview of bus lanes, how they operate, the penalties involved, and the case made for and against their introduction.Read More
Business rates

Business rates

An overview of UK business rates, how they operate, what they raise, the different aspects of business rate relief, arguments around the system, and suggestions for reform.Read More

Free Bus pass

An overview of free bus passes for pensioners, how the system works, who it benefits, and the arguments being made for its retention and reform.Read More