Issue Briefs

School exclusion

An overview of the school exclusion process in the United Kingdom, how it works, exclusion statistics, and the arguments around the current system.Read More

School leaving age

An overview of the school leaving age in the UK, the current provisions, and the history and political debates around the issue.Read More

Scottish Independence

An overview of the debate around Scottish independence, covering the latest opinion polls, the arguments made around independence on either side, and the issues that would need to be resolved in the event of a 'Yes' vote.Read More

Scottish Independence Referendum

An overview of IndyRef2, the legal framework surrounding a second vote, the arguments made for and against such a poll, and the growing rise in support for Scottish Independence.Read More

Sexual health

An overview of sexual health services in the United Kingdom, their history, current operations, statistics, and the surrounding political debate.Read More


An overview of the political debate around smacking, the different legal position across the UK, the situation internationally, the history of the issue, and the various arguments deployed.Read More
Smoking Ban

Smoking ban UK

An overview of the smoking ban that exists in the United Kingdom, its history, what has been in its impact, and details of the calls for further reform on smoking legislation.Read More

Social housing

An overview of social housing provision in the United Kingdom, and of the political debates surrounding this sector of the housing market.Read More

Speed cameras

An overview of speed cameras in the UK, how they operate, their number, history, the attitude of public opinion, and the arguments made for and against their use.Read More
State Pension Age

State pension age UK

An overview of the ongoing changes being made to the state pension age in the UK, alongside a discussion of the political debate and legal challenges surrounding them.Read More
Sugar Tax

Sugar tax

An overview of the sugar tax imposed on soft drinks in the UK, how it works, what is raised, what other countries are doing, what its impact has been, and the calls for a further extension of the sugar levy.Read More


An overview of the use of surveillance in the UK, the current levels of CCTV, and an outline of the debate surrounding the effectiveness and rules governing CCTV.Read More

Teachers pay

An overview of teachers pay, covering current pay levels, how pay is set, how salaries compare, and the arguments variously made from different quarters around teachers pay.Read More
Wealth held offshore could cancel developing world debt

Third world debt

An overview of the issue of third world debt, what are the current levels, and what approaches are being suggested in relation to Third World debt.Read More
John McClurey on plain packaging and tobacco companies.

Tobacco advertising

An overview of tobacco advertising restrictions in the United Kingdom, their history, impact, and the current state of the debate around tobacco advertising and vaping.Read More
Trade Unions

Trade Unions

An overview of trade unions, what they do, their history in the UK, the current legal framework, and the political debate surrounding how they operate.Read More


An overview of truancy covering the causes of truancy, the impact of school absences, the approach to term time holidays, and the political debate around truancy.Read More

Tuition fees

An overview of the tuition fee system in the UK, covering current levels, the operation of the system, its history, potential alternatives, and the arguments made for and against the current regime. Read More
Gun crime on the rise in London

UK Gun Laws

An overview of gun law: levels of gun crime, comparisons with America, recent controversies, and the current legislative and operational system of gun control in the UK.Read More