Social Market Foundation
|Motto||"Championing ideas that marry a pro-market orientation with concern for social justice")|
|Purpose||"To advance the education of the public in the economic, social and political sciences"|
|Headquarters||11 Tufton Street, Westminster, London, United Kingdom|
|Fields||Cost of Living, Productivity, Financial Services, Public Sector Reform|
|Mary Ann Sieghart (Chair), Lord Charles Falconer, Daniel Franklin, Baroness Olly Grender, Nicola Horlick, Graham Mather, Sir Brian Pomeroy CBE, Peter Readman, Rt Hon Baroness Gillian Shephard, Professor Alison Wolf|
|Secessions||Centre for Global Studies|
|Affiliations||Conservative Party, Labour Party, Liberal Democrats|
The Social Market Foundation (SMF) is an independent British public policy think-tank based in Westminster, London. It is one of the 'Top 12 Think Tanks in Britain' and was named 'UK Think Tank of the Year' by Prospect in 2012. Its purpose is to "advance the education of the public in the economic, social and political sciences" and to "champion ideas that marry a pro-market orientation with concern for social justice". Policy ideas are based on the concept of the social market economy.
In the 1990s it moved closer to New Labour, with Gordon Brown giving a speech about 'social markets' at the Foundation in 2003, and SMF publishing a paper by Gordon Brown in 2004. In 2001, Robert, Lord Skidelsky was replaced as chair by David, Lord Lipsey. It was associated with some of the policies of New Labour, particularly issues of public service reform.
In September 2010 Mary Ann Sieghart, the political and social affairs journalist, took over as Chair.
The SMF’s remit is to focus on domestic public policy, particularly the public services and welfare. The majority of publications are therefore focused on issues concerning education, health care and employment. However it also produces publications on wide-ranging subjects such as road-pricing, casinos and energy policy.
- Shrimsley, R (1995), 'Defector from SDP to head Tory research', Financial Times, August 24, p. 7
- "Mr Major's Speech to the Social Market Foundation". John Major. 9 September 1994. Retrieved 23 March 2014.
- "Social Market Foundation". New Statesman. 29 May 2009. Retrieved 23 March 2014.
- Gordon Brown (May 2004). A Modern Agenda for Prosperity and Social Reform (PDF) (Report). Social Market Foundation. Retrieved 23 March 2014.