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Policy Papers

This paper discusses several key issues, including how the Eurozone member states’ relinquishment of their monetary levers has caused economic booms and busts, why equilibrium hasn’t been settled by free movement of persons, how certain European institutions need strengthening to support stability, recommendations for the creation of further federal institutions, proposals to strengthen the criteria for Eurozone entry & Greece’s future in the Eurozone.

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This paper sets out to evaluate the state of the greyhound racing industry in the United Kingdom, looking at regulatory structures and mechanisms, and incentives for racing and animal welfare. The paper argues for the closure of unregulated tracks, and for the industry to look into accessing funds from unclaimed winnings and dormant betting accounts to increasing support for animal welfare and effective self regulation.

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Tackling Homelessness proposes a set of 13 policies to reduce the number of people becoming homeless and to make it easier for the homeless to be re-housed. Proposals cover increased provision of services to the homeless, including an expansion of the government’s duty to provide emergency housing, the provision of specialist mobile health care clinics, and the provision of a PO Box and voicemail service to the homeless. Significant reforms to the way housing benefit is administered are also called for, to make it easier for the homeless to re-enter housing and to prevent new homelessness occuring. Finally, a set of policies are presented to increase available housing by maximising use of existing homes and by increasing the housing stock.

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TWS was invited to submit its views to the government’s independent Commission on a Bill of Rights’ public consultation. In response, a seven person committee was formed under John Kwan, TWS’s Head of Legal Policy, and worked to produce a substantial 50 page report. The paper proposes that a new Bill of Rights should recognize and legislate for new rights — to Internet access, to education and healthcare, and for victims of crime.

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A proposal to improve efficacy, safety and cost-effectiveness of medical treatment in five ways: firstly, to publicly run all Phase III clinical trials, secondly to only approve drugs for treating a particular condition rather than for general sale, thirdly that NICE must consider a treatment cost-effective for each condition for it to be approved to treat that condition, fourthly to cap NHS drug prices at £20k/patient/QUALY, and finally to allow the NHS to produce combined medications. Updated in August 2011 in response to the impending move to value based pricing.

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This paper argues that the UK should state its intention to adopt the Right to Protect as its sole grounds for international intervention, in accordance with the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty’s report, The Responsibility to Protect by G. Evans & M. Sahnoun. This was discussed at a meeting with the counsel of George Grant, Director for Global Security & Terrorism at the Henry Jackson Society.

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A paper assessing the potential costs and benefits of lowering corporation tax in Northern Ireland. We conclude that while potential benefits of a reduction in corporation tax may be high in the very long term, the costs are very likely to be high in the short term and may well remain so in the future. Potential benefits are far too uncertain for Northern Ireland to risk a significant corporation tax rate reduction; and a small reduction may be ineffectual in attracting significant amounts of new business.

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