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Centre for Social Justice

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

Centre for Social Justice
Formation 2004; 14 years ago (2004)
Type think tank
Legal status company limited by guarantee (non-profit)
Chief Executive
Andy Cook
Approximately £1.6m


Political positionsEdit

The organisation's stated aim is to "put social justice at the heart of British politics".[1] While the think-tank states it is politically independent, it has been labelled one of the most influential on the British Conservative Party under the leadership of David Cameron.[2]

Policy programmes and impactEdit

One of the CSJ's 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]

The CSJ has also played important roles in the design and development of Universal Credit (a major welfare reform programme) and championing the introduction of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

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]

Structure and operationEdit

Historically, the CSJ's work was project-based with projects and staff members changing regularly. Recently, under Andy Cook, the latest Chief Executive, the CSJ has created a number of dedicated policy units with specific unit heads to lead on their designated area.

Policy Unit Structure[11]
Policy Area Unit Head
Education James Scales
Work and Welfare Patrick Spencer
Criminal Justice Rory Geoghan
Family Frank Young

The CSJ also has an alliance of "front line poverty fighting charities" and runs an annual Centre for Social Justice Awards ceremony celebrating some of the best voluntary and non-profit organisations in the UK. In addition the CSJ regularly holds events at the major political party conferences.


Notable membersEdit

Past and present:


  1. ^ Iain Duncan Smith. "The CSJ Story". The Centre for Social Justice. 
  2. ^ "Centre for Social Justice and Policy Exchange are best regarded think tanks by ConservativeHome's 'influentials panel'". Conservative Home. 1 April 2010. 
  3. ^ "Breakthrough Britain, Tory recommendations". The Telegraph. 10 July 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. ^ Buchanan, Michael (10 March 2013). "UK anti-trafficking efforts need overhaul, report says". BBC News. 
  6. ^ "UK is 'addictions capital of Europe'". BBC News. 1 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "Million Children Live In Fatherless Households". Sky News. 10 June 2013. 
  8. ^ Adam Withnall (3 September 2013). "'Education underclass' of children in the UK is still in nappies when they start school". The Independent. 
  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. ^ Justice, The Centre for Social. "CSJ Staff Archive - The Centre for Social Justice". The Centre for Social Justice. Retrieved 2018-01-21. 
  12. ^ "Think Tank Awards 2013 Winners" Archived July 14, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.

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