• PX Director Dean Godson included in Times and Standard influence lists

    Policy Exchange was delighted to see Director Dean Godson as a new entry on both The Times' Power List and the Evening Standard's 1000 most influential Londoners list. Previous Director and Osborne adviser Neil O'Brien also made the Times list.  TimesEvening Standard

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  • Making Contributions Count

    Making Contributions Count proposes a new unemployment insurance scheme which will put personal contribution at the heart of the welfare system. The scheme would see workers able to draw from a contributory pot to provide a greater level of out of work support. Upon retirement, the contributions would be released as part of an individual's pension package, which could see people who worked all their lives receiving in excess of £10,000.  Read more • Infographic

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  • Work 2.0

    Work 2.0 provides a blueprint for how the Work Programme – the government’s flagship welfare-to-work policy – should be improved, including ideas on how to better assess jobseeker needs, how to integrate the Programme into the structures of Universal Credit, and how to better recognise local labour market conditions.

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    Work Programme 2.0
  • Conference Events 2014

    Policy Exchange has an exciting schedule at all three of the party conferences this year. Speakers include Nicky Morgan, Liz Truss, Brandon Lewis, Matthew Hancock, Tristram Hunt, Caroline Flint, Jeremy Browne and many more.

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    Conference 2014
  • Wolfson Economics Prize 2014

    The second Wolfson Economics Prize was awarded to David Rudlin of URBED. His entry, which proposed extending existing cities according to garden city principles, was unanimously voted the winner by the Judges.

    Read the winning entry and more here

    Wolfson Economics Prize

In the news

  • 17 October 2014 | Dean Godson listed in Evening Standard's list of the 1000 most influential Londoners

    • The Evening Standard lists Policy Exchange Director Dean Godson in its annual list of the 1000 most influential Londoners. The paper also cites the report he edited, Replacing the Routemaster, which convinced Boris Johnson to make introducing a new Routemaster part of his first mayoral campaign and eventually resulted in the introduction of the New Bus for London.

  • 15 October 2014 | Workers 'could be forced to pay £5 a week' to get benefits

    • The Independent covers our recently published report Making Contributions Count. The report calls for the next government to legislate for a new welfare system that establishes a clear link between contribution and benefits and proposes that every worker in Britain should make weekly contributions into a new nationwide unemployment insurance scheme.

New publications

  • 15 October 2014 | Making Contributions Count: Reforms to create a social security system for the 21st Century

    • Making Contributions Count proposes a new unemployment insurance scheme which will put personal contribution at the heart of the welfare system. The scheme would see people who have worked hard and paid their taxes able to draw from a contributory pot to provide a greater level of out of work support if they need it. Upon retirement, the contributions would be released as part of an individual's pension package, which could see people who worked all their lives receiving in excess of £10,000.

  • 10 October 2014 | Work 2.0: Helping the hardest to help: targeted assistance, incentives and the Work Programme

    • Work 2.0 provides a blueprint for how the Work Programme – the government’s flagship welfare-to-work policy – should be improved, including ideas on how to better assess jobseeker needs, how to integrate the Programme into the structures of Universal Credit, and how to better recognise local labour market conditions.

Blogs

  • 17 October 2014 | It is time for more radical ideas to make welfare fit for purpose

    • Policy Exchange's Head of Economic and Social Policy, Steve Hughes, outlines the thinking behind our recently published report Making Contributions Count. The report calls for the next government to legislate for a new welfare system that establishes a clear link between contribution and benefits, and argues that only then will public trust in the benefits system be restored.

  • 17 October 2014 | A tale of two education announcements

    • Policy Exchange's Head of Education, Jonathan Simons, contrasts recent announcements on education policy from the Labour and Conservative Parties. Jonathan sets out how the varied reactions to these announcements provide an interesting illustration as to the current state of education political communications.  

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