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It’s our turn to help the world’s most vulnerable children


It’s our turn to help the world’s most vulnerable children

Refugee children

The ‘Kindertransport’ was a British organised rescue of 10,000 children from Nazi Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia and Poland just months before the outbreak of the Second World War. The United Kingdom rescued these predominantly Jewish children from Nazi persecution and welcomed them into British foster homes, hostels, schools and farms. In many cases, they were the only members of their families to survive the Holocaust.

Recent Commentaries

Philippa Stroud in CapX: Love your enemy this Valentine’s Day

Thursday, 14 February 2019

Arthur Brooks recently inspired many of us at the Legatum Institute when explaining the motivation behind his forthcoming book Love Your Enemy. 

Arthur highlighted the importance of standing against the intolerant culture of our day in all our relationships and public interactions, calling for a new generation of leaders to be bigger-hearted and end the bitterness and division being fomented in the public square

The Legatum Institute hosts Arthur Brooks, President of the American Enterprise Institute

Friday, 8 February 2019

On February 4th 2019, the Legatum Institute hosted Arthur Brooks where he spoke on the topic of 'Why Character Determines Success', as part of our Road to Character series.

Arthur Brooks is the outgoing President of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), a US-based think tank. A professional musician turned prominent social scientist and economist, Dr Brooks is a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times and the bestselling author of 11 books. His upcoming film released later this year is The Pursuit.


The House of Lords debates the SMC's new measure of poverty for the UK

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

The Social Metrics Commission (SMC) was formed three years ago with the sole and express aim of delivering new poverty metrics for the UK. Speaking in the House of Lords on January 21st, Baroness Philippa Stroud presented to members the findings of the SMC's new poverty measure and challenged the Department of Work and Pensions to adopt the poverty measure as the U.K.'s official metric.

The video of Baroness Stroud's remarks can be viewed here.

The full House of Lords debate can be viewed here.

The full transcript of the debate can read here via Hansard.

Philippa Stroud in Reaction: How Britain can tackle poverty

Monday, 21 January 2019

We have no official measure of poverty in the UK. The government ceased to use its previous measure of poverty in 2016, and despite much debate on both the left and the right, a new measure has yet to be agreed. This should concern us all because it has become all too easy for successive governments to argue about the measurement of poverty, rather than delivering an effective strategy to tackle poverty. Meanwhile the very poorest in Britain – the bottom 20% – have seen no significant improvement in their life circumstances over the last two decades.

 You can read the article in full here.

Our CEO gives evidence to Parliament's Work and Pensions Committee on the SMC's new measure of UK poverty

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

For too long, much of the political and policy debate on poverty has focussed on whether and how we should measure poverty, rather than the action needed to drive better outcomes for the most disadvantaged in our society.

In September 2018, the Social Metrics Commission (SMC) launched a new measure of poverty in the UK. Legatum Institute CEO and Chair of the SMC Philippa Stroud tells the House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee why the new measure is the most authoritative measure of poverty in the UK today.

You can watch the evidence session here.

You can find out more about the work of the SMC here.