Centre for Social Justice
Formation2004; 18 years ago (2004)
TypeThink tank
Legal statusCompany limited by guarantee (non-profit)
Chief Executive
Andy Cook
Approximately £1.6m

The Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) is an independent[1] centre-right[2] think tank based in the United Kingdom, co-founded in 2004 by Iain Duncan Smith, Tim Montgomerie, Mark Florman and Philippa Stroud.[3]

Political positions

The organisation's stated aim is to "put social justice at the heart of British politics".[4] 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.[5]

Policy programmes and impact

One of the CSJ's most notable reports was Breakthrough Britain.[6] It has also produced well-publicised reports into gang culture,[7] modern slavery,[8] addiction,[9] family breakdown,[10] and educational failure.[11] In 2012, the CSJ announced it would carry out the study Breakthrough Britain II.[12] 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.

More recently, notable policy programmes and impact include:




Structure and operation

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[19]
Policy area Unit head
Education James Scales
Work and Welfare Patrick Spencer
Addiction and Criminal Justice Adrian Crossley
Family Cristina Odone
Modern Slavery Tatiana Gren-Jardan
Financial Inclusion Joe Shalam

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 members

Past and present:


The CSJ acknowledges some funders in individual reports, but this information is not collated on its website or in its annual accounts, and there is no indication of the proportion of funders acknowledged, resulting in the think-tank being graded E for transparency by the Who Funds You? project in June 2018. The CSJ has been upgraded to a D grade for transparency by Who Funds You? as of July 2018.[20]

See also


  1. ^ "List of thinktanks in the UK". The Guardian. 2013-09-30. Retrieved 2018-06-28.
  2. ^ Justice, The Centre for Social. "Iain Duncan Smith bids to rescue state school sport - The Centre for Social Justice". The Centre for Social Justice. Retrieved 2018-06-28.
  3. ^ "Philippa Stroud: I worked with IDS for five years. Now I'm back at the CSJ". Retrieved 2019-02-27.
  4. ^ Iain Duncan Smith. "The CSJ Story". The Centre for Social Justice.
  5. ^ "Centre for Social Justice and Policy Exchange are best regarded think tanks by ConservativeHome's 'influentials panel'". Conservative Home. 1 April 2010.
  6. ^ "Breakthrough Britain, Tory recommendations". The Telegraph. 10 July 2007.
  7. ^ 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
  8. ^ Buchanan, Michael (10 March 2013). "UK anti-trafficking efforts need overhaul, report says". BBC News.
  9. ^ "UK is 'addictions capital of Europe'". BBC News. 1 September 2013.
  10. ^ "Million Children Live In Fatherless Households". Sky News. 10 June 2013.
  11. ^ Adam Withnall (3 September 2013). "'Education underclass' of children in the UK is still in nappies when they start school". The Independent.
  12. ^ "Breakthrough Britain II Overview". Centre for Social Justice. Archived from the original on 11 July 2014. Retrieved 11 July 2014.
  13. ^ "Pension age should rise to 75, Tory think tank report says". 2019-08-18.
  14. ^ "Female Offender Strategy". GOV.UK. Retrieved 2018-06-28.
  15. ^ Helm, Toby (2017-03-11). "Government considering plans to house addicts who sleep rough". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-05-27.
  16. ^ "Government announces £28m funding for Housing First pilots". Inside Housing. Retrieved 2018-06-28.
  17. ^ "Police to get 'extra £450m funding'". BBC News. 2017-12-19. Retrieved 2018-06-28.
  18. ^ Davies, Rob (2018-05-17). "Maximum stake for fixed-odds betting terminals cut to £2". The Guardian. Retrieved 2018-06-28.
  19. ^ Justice, The Centre for Social. "CSJ Staff Archive - The Centre for Social Justice". The Centre for Social Justice. Retrieved 2018-01-21.
  20. ^ "Who Funds You? - Centre for Social Justice". Who Funds You?. Retrieved 2018-06-29.