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Policy Papers

TWS's first Annual Conference, held in January 2012 on the theme of 'Public Policy for Cyberspace', was accompanied by our introduction to the policy debates surrounding this area. The paper was written by our specially-formed subcommittee on cyberspace, chaired by Albert Beardow. Please email policy@wilberforcesociety.co.uk for more information. [gview file="http://thewilberforcesociety.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Public_Policy_for_Cyberspace.pdf" save="1"]...

A new paper by George Bangham and Sarang Shah, examining the UK's National Security Council since its formation by David Cameron in 2010. Locating the NSC’s formation in wider debates on the UK’s constitution, the executive authority of the Prime Minister within Cabinet government, and the role of military intelligence in policymaking, it proposes two major changes to the NSC’s role and its associated regulatory framework. Firstly, it is proposed that the NSC be placed on a statutory footing as an amendment to current legislation in the Intelligence Services Act (1994). Defining the NSC’s existence and requiring its decision on certain executive...

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. [gview file="http://thewilberforcesociety.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Eurozone.pdf" save="1"]...

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. [gview file="http://thewilberforcesociety.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/TWS_-_Regulation_and_Reform_of_the_Greyhound_Racing_Industry.pdf" save="1"]...

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...

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. [gview file="http://thewilberforcesociety.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/TWS_-_A_UK_Bill_of_Rights.pdf" save="1"]...

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. [gview file="http://thewilberforcesociety.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/D_Baynard_Medical_Treatments.pdf" save="1"]...

An argument for the privatisation of Britain's major roads, with compulsory GPS trackers fitted in cars to monitor road use, in order to rebalance the cost of driving vis-a-vis rail trainsport and to improve efficiency in the upkeep of the road network. [gview file="http://thewilberforcesociety.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Road-Charging-and-Privatisation-Ben-Wattsx.pdf" save="1"]...

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. [gview file="http://thewilberforcesociety.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Responsibility-to-Protect-George-Bangham.pdf" save="1"]...

This proposal sets out to address the inequalities of the unfinished project of devolution in Britain. It advocates the creation of a devolved English Parliament, modelled on the Scottish Parliament. The paper was discussed with the counsel of Prof Andrew Gamble, Head of POLIS, Cambridge. [gview file="http://thewilberforcesociety.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/A-Devolved-English-Parliament-Justin-Kempley.pdf" save="1"]...