Author Archive for British Future

Positive Twitter Day, Friday 30 August

Political discourse often feels more angry and divisive than any of us would like. #PositiveTwitterDay is a small gesture towards a more civil way of doing things.

An open letter to the new Home Secretary

The new Home Secretary has an opportunity to make historic reforms to immigration policy that restore public trust on the issue, British Future has said in an open letter.

#PositiveTwitterDay, Friday 30 August

#PositiveTwitterDay asks people to discuss and debate online in a more civil way, just for one day on Friday 30 August. But it also aims to spark a wider conversation – about how we can all help shape the norms of behaviour on social media.

Cricket World Cup could unite us – if only we could all see it

Putting the cricket World Cup behind a paywall is a missed opportunity to bring people across England together, writes Josh Westerling

Immigration after May: What should the new Prime Minister change?

The new Prime Minister must make a ‘clean break’ from the immigration approach of Theresa May if they are to restore public trust on the issue, says a new British Future report.

An England for all of us

Nine in ten people in England now agree that being English is not about colour, according to new research published today

We can all be Lionesses

The rise of the England women’s football team is something we can all cheer about, writes Lucy Buckerfield

Learning to stand up to hatred

Pupils at a Wolverhampton primary school are learning how to stand up to hatred and prejudice, writes Steve Ballinger.

Crossing Divides ‘On the move’

The BBC ‘Crossing Divides’ season is holding an ‘on the move’ day today, to encourage people to spark conversations on their journeys. Could we talk to each other more on public transport? 

Letting refugees learn

Fluency in English is one of the most important factors underpinning integration. But a new report reveals the difficulties refugees face in accessing the English language classes they need to rebuild their lives in the UK

Sajid Javid: ‘We’ve welcomed people and it’s made us stronger’

At a special event with British Future, Home Secretary Sajid Javid discusses the challenges of immigration, integration and identity in British society today, in conversation with Sunder Katwala.

Could St George help bring England together?

Most people think we should do more to mark national moments - like St George's Day - that can bring people together, writes Steve Ballinger

Why we should postpone the ‘Festival of Britain’

Most people quite like the idea of a 'Festival of Britain', writes Steve Ballinger: but 2022 would be the worst-possible year to hold it.

The European elections: what they mean and what to do about them

The European elections: what will happen? What will it mean for our wider politics? And what should we do if, as some fear, it turns nasty?

Crossing Divides: How arts and heritage can bring us together

Most people in Britain think our society remains divided - but they also agree that the arts can help to bridge divides in British society, if it makes more effort to get out of London and big cities into towns across the UK. 'Crossing Divides: How arts and heritage can bring us together' looks at how the First World War centenary arts programme helped bridge divides and reach new audiences. 

The People’s Centenary: Tracking public attitudes to the First World War centenary

The First World War tracker has examined public attitudes and knowledge of the First World War centenary since 2012, exploring key themes from awareness of key facts and dates about the First World War to sources of information and public attitudes to the tone of the centenary commemorations.

‘Integration action plan must not be squeezed out by competing pressures of Brexit’

British Future welcomed the Government’s new Integrated Communities Action plan, urging that plans are not squeezed out by competing pressures of Brexit.

Unsettled status: securing the future for EU citizens in the UK

A report on the EU Settlement Scheme examines barriers to EU citizens securing status and what the Home Office should do to make sure the system works.

Folkestone: compassion & concern at boat arrivals

British Future Director of Strategy Jill Rutter writes from a recent visit to Folkestone in Kent.

Immigration White Paper: response

Response to the Government's new Immigration White Paper