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On speaking terms


The last Census found around 850,000 migrants could not speak English well or at all.

A new Demos report argues the lack of a government strategy, and a drop in funding for ESOL courses, is preventing migrants reaching their full potential.


Read the report. Read the blog.

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Party conference 2014


This year’s conference season falls just eight months before the General Election and will see the main political parties raise the stakes.

Demos is hosting an impactful and broad-ranging programme with events at Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat conferences.


See our full conference events programme here.

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Building for the future


Demos has launched a Commission on Apprenticeships to improve the quantity and quality of vocational training.

We are issuing a call for evidence, encouraging employers, learning providers and policymakers to share their expertise.


Read about the Commission. See the call for evidence.

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Demos Quarterly: Summer 2014

The Summer Issue of Demos Quarterly, our magazine of political ideas, is now available to read.

It includes an essay by Claudia Wood, Chief Executive of Demos, on how to be tough on the causes of welfare to achieve long-term savings.

Read it in the Guardian. Read the original.

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Testing times


Cervical screening rates have dropped to the lowest level in a decade, with 1 in 4 women not attending regularly.

A new Demos report proposes measures to reverse the trend, and finds increased screening rates would save the NHS £10m a year, and halve the number of deaths.


Read the report. Read the blog.

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A tale of two classrooms


The Education Select Committee has published a report highlighting educational inequality in schools.

It follows Demos analysis of the latest GCSE results, which found the attainment gap increasing, with almost half of councils regressing since 2010.


Read the Demos analysis. Read the blog.

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Demos working with DCLG


For decades, there have not been enough homes to meet the needs of our growing and ageing population.

Demos will be researching innovative policy solutions to this problem, as part of a project supported by the Contestable Policy Fund.


Find out more about the project

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Understanding poverty


Read Poverty in Perspective, our landmark report that introduces a pioneering model for measuring poverty.

You can also view interactive infographics of our child poverty types on the stand-alone Poverty in Perspective website.


Read the report and the blog. Explore the infographic website.

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