Centre for Social Justice

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The Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) is a think tank co-founded in 2004 by Iain Duncan Smith and Tim Montgomerie.

Political positions

The organisation's stated aim is to "put social justice at the heart of British politics".[1] The think-tank has been labelled one of the most influential on the British Conservative Party under the leadership of David Cameron.[2] One of its most notable reports was Breakthrough Britain.[3] It has also produced well-publicised reports into gang culture,[4] modern slavery,[5] addiction,[6] family breakdown,[7] and educational failure.[8] In 2012, the CSJ announced it would carry out the study Breakthrough Britain II.[9]

In 2017, a CSJ report recommended placing homeless people dealing with problems like alcohol and drug abuse in permanent accommodation and giving them access to care and training. The approach, known as Housing First, had been trialed in the US and adopted by Finland with positive results. Conservative communities secretary Sajid Javid said he was keen to examine the scheme.[10]


  • The CSJ won Prospect Magazine UK Social Policy Think Tank of the Year 2013[11]
  • The CSJ won Prospect Magazine Think Tank of the Year 2009
  • The CSJ won Prospect Magazine Best Publication of the Year 2008 for its report entitled "".

Notable members


  1. ^ centreforsocialjustice.org: "Social breakdown and poverty"
  2. ^ conservativehome: "Centre for Social Justice and Policy Exchange are best regarded think tanks by ConservativeHome's 'influentials panel'" 1 Apr 2010
  3. ^ telegraph.co.uk: "Breakthrough Britain, Tory recommendations" 11 Jul 2007
  4. ^ politicshome: "CSJ backs gangs plan and calls for 'relentless effort' to make streets safe" 1 Nov 2011 Archived October 4, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ bbc.co.uk: "UK anti-trafficking efforts need overhaul, report says" 10 Mar 2013
  6. ^ bbc.co.uk: "UK is Europe's 'addictions capital', says think tank" 1 Sep 2013
  7. ^ sky.com: "Million Children Live In Fatherless Households" 10 Jun 2013
  8. ^ independent.co.uk: "'Education underclass' of children in the UK is still in nappies when they start school " 3 Sep 2013
  9. ^ "Breakthrough Britain II Overview". Centre for Social Justice. Retrieved 11 July 2014. 
  10. ^ Helm, Toby (2017-03-11). "Government considering plans to house addicts who sleep rough". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-05-27. 
  11. ^ prospectmagazine.co.uk: "Think Tank Awards 2013 Winners" Archived July 14, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.

External links

  • Centre for Social Justice
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