Institute for Public Policy Research

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Institute for Public Policy Research
IPPR-2017-Logo Standard pink.png
TypeProgressive think tank
Headquarters14 Buckingham Street, WC2N 6DF
Tom Kibasi

The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) is a left-wing[1] think tank based in London. It was founded in 1988 and is an independent registered charity.[2] IPPR has offices in Newcastle, Manchester, and Edinburgh.[3][4] Funding comes from trust and foundation grants, government support, and individual donors.[5]


The Institute for Public Policy Research's founding director was James Cornford.[6] According to academic Peter Ruben its primary aim was to provide theoretical analysis for modernisers in the UK Labour Party; offering alternatives to free market fundamentalism.[7]

Matthew Taylor was director between 1998 and 2003.

Tom Kibasi became the group's director in April 2016.[8]


IPPR publishes about fifty reports each year, topics include economic policy, energy, transport, climate change, families, work, migration, integration, communities, democracy, devolution and public services.[9]


IPPR Progressive Review  
Edited byMathew Lawrence and Carys Roberts
Publication details
Former name(s)
New Economy
Public Policy Research
Standard abbreviations
ISO 4IPPR Progress. Rev.
OCLC no.988028359

The IPPR publishes the journal IPPR Progressive Review (formally Juncture) quarterly via Wiley.[10]


In September 2018, the think tank published Prosperity and justice: A plan for the new economy - The final report of the IPPR Commission on Economic Justice based on two years of research. The report recommendations included; the minimum wage raised to £10.20 per hour in London and to £8.75 outside London, workers on zero hours contracts to be paid at least 20% above the higher rate, an industrial strategy boosting exports, with a new national investment bank raising £15bn a year to get public investment to 3.5% of GDP (the G7 average), large changes to government of UK companies including workers on company boards, raising the headline rate of corporation tax and a minimum corporation tax rate to fight tax avoidance by multinationals and a single income tax for all types of incomes. Currently the poorest 20% pay 35% of their incomes in tax, a higher proportion than any other income groups.[11][12][13]

  • Prosperity and justice: A plan for the new economy - The final report of the IPPR Commission on Economic Justice, Tom Kibasi, Michael Jacobs, Catherine Colebrook, Mathew Lawrence, Carys Roberts, Grace Blakeley, Laurie Laybourn-Langton, Lesley Rankin, Alfie Stirling (September 2018) Polity Press[14]


IPPR has been rated as 'broadly transparent' in its funding by Transparify[15] and has been a given a B grade for funding transparency by Who Funds You?[16]


  1. ^ "List of thinktanks in the UK". the Guardian. 2013-09-30. Retrieved 2016-05-19.
  2. ^ "About IPPR". Retrieved 2016-01-25.
  3. ^ "IPPR North". Retrieved 2016-05-05.
  4. ^ "IPPR Scotland". Retrieved 2016-05-05.
  5. ^ "How we are funded". Retrieved 2016-05-05.
  6. ^ Andrew Denham and Mark Garnett (2006) 'What works'? British think tanks and the 'end of ideology', The Political Quarterly 77(2), pp. 156-165
  7. ^ Ruben, Peter (1996). "The institute for public policy research: Policy and politics". Contemporary British History. 10 (2): 65–79. doi:10.1080/13619469608581387.
  8. ^ "IPPR appoints new Director". Retrieved 2016-01-25.
  9. ^ "Our Work". Retrieved 2016-05-05.
  10. ^ "Overview". Wiley. doi:10.1111/(ISSN)2573-2331. Retrieved 13 August 2017.
  11. ^ Inman, Phillip (4 September 2018). "Thinktank calls for major overhaul of Britain's economy". the Guardian.
  12. ^ "UK economy requires 'fundamental structural shift'".
  13. ^ There is an alternative to neoliberalism – but if Labour keeps ignoring it, the Tories will adopt it first The Independent
  14. ^ "Prosperity and justice: A plan for the new economy - The final report of the IPPR Commission on Economic Justice". IPPR. 5 September 2018.
  15. ^ "Round-Up of Transparify 2018 Ratings". Transparify. Retrieved 2019-07-07.
  16. ^ "Institute for Public Policy Research | Who Funds You?". Retrieved 2019-07-07.