Institute for Policy Research
The Institute for Policy Research is a British charity which funds conservative think tanks. Its 2005 Accounts reveal grants to the Centre for Policy Studies (£157,000), the European Policy Forum (£2,500), Eurofacts (£36,500), Open Europe (£70,000) and Politeia (£10,000).
There are three trustees, Simon Webley is the Research Director of the Institute for Business Ethics and from 1969-98, he was director of the British-North American Research Association and UK director of the British-North America Committee. Eric Koops a former member of the Territorial Army was a Parliamentary candidate for the Conservatives in Wakefield 1974; had been vice-president of the Political Committee of the Carlton Club 1988- (chairman 1984-88). The third trustee is Nicholas Finney who established The Waterfront Partnership (renamed Waterfront Public Affairs in 2007) and the Waterfront Conference Company in 1990 following a career in the ports industry. Both businesses were sold to Freshwater-UK in 2007. Finney was Director General of The British Ports Federation (BPF) and the National Association of Port Employers (NAPE) and led the campaign for the abolition of the Dock Labour Scheme and for the privatisation of the Public Trust port authorities. He was a member of the UK’s Competition Commission (formerly the Monopolies and Mergers Commission) from 1993 to 1999.
'Culture of litigation'
In 1999, Global Futures (part of the LM network) 'launched the Litigious Society Project, which resulted in the first estimation of the cost of litigation to the British economy.' Such an estimate was also contained in Frank Furedi's report published by the conservative Centre for Policy Studies, which suggests that this report may have been linked with the Litigious Society Project. Furedi notes in the acknowledgements that 'I am particularly grateful to Tracey C. Brown, co-ordinator of the Litigious Society Project for sharing so much of her knowledge of the subject. Furedi also notes that another LM network associate Bruno Waterfield was the researcher on the CPS pamphlet and that 'support towards research for this study was given by the Institute for Policy Research.'
The Institute for Policy Research has received funding from The Cayo Foundation, The Charles Wolfson Charitable Trust, The David Young Charitable Trust, The Duke of Marlborough Charitable Settlement, The Federated Foundation, The G.R.P. Charitable Trust, The Morgan Charitable Foundation, Nigel Vinson Charitable Trust, The Weinberg Foundation, The W T J Griffin Charitable Settlement and The Wyford Foundation. The income received from the Nigel Vinson Charitable Trust between 2004 and 2010 is displayed in the table below.
|Income sources of the Institute for Policy Research in £ sterling |
|Donor Organisation||2004||2005||2006||2007||2008||2009||2010||Total 2004-2010|
|Nigel Vinson Charitable Trust||8,100||7,050||23,000||70,800||72,800||29,400||27,850||239,000|
|Grant recipients of the Institute for Policy Research in £ sterling |
|Centre for Policy Studies||157,000||297,000||119,000||241,751||172,167|
|European Policy Forum||2,500||19,000||-||-||-|
|Institute of Economic Affairs||-||-||10,000||-||-|
|Young Britons Foundation||-||-||-||1,000||100|
Keith Boyfield an economist, specialising in competition and regulatory issues has worked for a variety of Think Tank and Policy Development clients including the Institute for Policy Research. He has also worked for a number of think tanks that have received grants from the IPR such as the Centre for Policy Studies, European Policy Forum, Institute of Economic Affairs and Open Europe. Boyfield has also worked for the British-North American Research Association an organisation on which one of the three trustees (Simon Webley) of the IPR has served.
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- The Institute for Policy Research Report and Accounts, Year ended 30 September 2005, Charity number 285143. Accessible via: http://www.charity-commission.gov.uk/Showcharity/RegisterOfCharities/DocumentList.aspx?RegisteredCharityNumber=285143&SubsidiaryNumber=0&DocType=AccountList
- Debretts People of Today Eric Koops Esq, LVO, accessed 3 May 2011
- Waterfront conference Company Nicholas Finney, accessed 3 May 2011
- Global Futures Refusing to be terrorised - managing risk after September 11, Lloyds website, Mon 17 Jun 2002
- Frank Furedi, 'Courting Mistrust: The Hidden Growth of a Culture of Litigation in Britain, Centre for Policy Studies, 1999, p. 2
- Data compiled from filings at the Charity Commission.
- Data based on a financial year ending on 30 June
- Data compiled from filings at the Charity Commission. Data for financial year ended 30 September
- Charity Commission Contact and Trustees, accessed 3 May 2011