Associated organisations

In recent years, the SIF has been associated with three autonomous organisations.



Civic Education & Research Trust


Thanks to a donation, in 1972 the SIF founded CERT, a charity which is registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales (number 264353). CERT's objectives are "To promote education generally in the understanding of the law more particularly as it affects the day to day life of the individual." CERT's trustees are Lucy Ryder and Sir Richard Body. CERT does not sponsor individuals as such, but instead seeks to spread information and debate about the impact of state and society on the individual. It does this by way of hardcopy publication


In 1994, CERT helped to publish a new edition of Professor David Myddelton's book The Power to Destroy, a study of the British tax system.


In 2012, it published SIF editor Dr Nigel G. Meek’s Conservative Party Politicians at the Turn of the 20th/21st Centuries, an objective, quantitative multi-focus analysis of the attitudes behaviour and background of Conservative Party politicians.  It can be found on the shelves of major academic libraries worldwide and has even sold some copies!


CERT can be contacted via the SIF's postal and email addresses although it is presently "on hold".





According to Tell-IT, lack of proper information is a major factor contributing to 10,000 deaths a year from adverse drug reactions. Tell-IT is an informal organisation within the SIF that campaigns for information technology to be used to analyse information on the outcomes of drugs and treatments and for this information to be available to doctors and patients alike. For the story of Tell-IT and its close association with Epic, the company that has been facilitating access to anonymous data from GPs for the General Practice Research Database, please see the articles by Peter Jackson in the May 2002 and January 2004 issues of The Individual and the report to the 2005 AGM carried in the February 2006 issue of The Individual. Needless to say, the behaviour of the government and civil service in this saga has often been bizarre. Tell-IT is "on hold" for now, but might spring to life if the occasion arises. Tell-IT can be contacted via the SIF's postal and email addresses.



Choice in Personal Safety


CIPS campaigns against compulsion in seatbelt laws and similar matters.  It partially merged with the SIF in 2002. CIPS continues to exist as an autonomous group but pays half of its membership dues to the SIF. In return, CIPS receives support from the SIF and its members are considered to be full members of the SIF, being entitled to vote at formal meetings and receiving SIF literature. More information about CIPS can be found in an article published in the September 2003 issue of The Individual.  CIPS also has its own website at that contains further information and data.


CiPS is also "on hold". Following the deaths of leading CiPS officers Don Furness and Dr Barry Bracewell-Milnes – not from vehicular causes, it must be stressed – the SIF is consulting with CiPS members about how they would like to proceed.