• Swift and Certain

    Prolific criminals serving community orders, who break the terms of their probation, could be sent to jail for up to a week under plans that would make the criminal justice system swifter and fairer. Currently 1 in 3 offenders serving such orders fail to complete them. The report argues that replicating the Haiwaiian HOPE probation programme - from which it draws inspiration - could cut non-compliance numbers in half.  Read more

    Swift and certain punishment
  • Autumn Statement 2014:
    Five big questions

    Ahead of the Autumn Statement, Policy Exchange's Economics Research Fellow Jonathan Dupont asks 5 key questions on the state of the economy: how much will the worldwide slowdown affect the UK; how much lower can unemployment go; when will pay and productivity pick up; how big is the hole in the public finances; and what are the parties going to do to close the gap?  Read more

     

    Autumn Statement 2014
  • The last word on Piketty

    Policy Exchange was delighted to host an all-star panel to discuss what the lasting influence of Thomas Piketty's Capital in the Twenty-First Century will be. Chaired by Newsnight presenter Evan Davis, the panel included the FT's economics editor Chris Giles, political strategist and Labour adviser John McTernan and economic historian Prof. Deirdre McCloskey.

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    The last word on Piketty
  • Freeing Housing Associations

    Housing associations are being stifled by unnecessary red tape that is preventing them from building 100,000 new homes a year. The government should create a new category of 'Free Housing Associations', that are able to set their own rent policy, choose their own tenants and manage their housing stock with greater autonomy.

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    Housing Associations
  • 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.

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    Wolfson Economics Prize

In the news

  • 17 December 2014 | Opinion: Policy Exchange’s housing association report revisited

    • Ian Fletcher, Director of Policy at the British Property Federation, has written a blog for 24dash.com – a Social Housing and Local Government news website – considering the key proposals made in our recently published report Freeing Housing Associations. The report calls for housing associations to be given the option to repay their historical government grant, freeing them from numerous regulatory restrictions and allowing them to raise and spend up to an extra £1 billion on building both new social and market homes. Ian highlights how, in the midst of a housing crisis, inventive solutions are needed and that housing associations should be encouraged to invest into a broader range of housing solutions. However, the current regulatory and investment regime constrains how much they can do.

  • 16 December 2014 | Child benefit may be limited to two children, says Iain Duncan Smith

    • Coverage in The Guardian refers to Policy Exchange research which found that limiting child benefit payments to four children per household, with progressively reduced payments after the first child, could save £1 billion over the course of the next parliament. The article highlights how numerous Policy Exchange recommendations have featured in past Conservative manifestos.

New publications

  • 08 December 2014 | Swift and Certain: A new paradigm for criminal justice

    • Swift and Certain calls for prolific criminals serving community orders, who break the terms of their probation, to potentially be sent to jail for up to a week under plans that would make the criminal justice system swifter and fairer. Currently 1 in 3 offenders serving such orders fail to complete them. The report argues that replicating the Haiwaiian HOPE probation programme - from which it draws inspiration - could cut non-compliance numbers in half.

  • 12 November 2014 | Freeing Housing Associations: Better financing, more homes

    • Housing associations are being stifled by unnecessary red tape that prevents them from building 100,000 new homes a year – a third of the total housing supply needed to keep up with demand. The government should create a new category of 'Free Housing Associations', that are able to set their own rent policy, choose their own tenants and manage their housing stock with greater autonomy.

Blogs

  • 10 December 2014 | Are there votes in digital policy?

    • Eddie Copeland, Policy Exchange's Head of Technology Policy sets out how the need for greater efficiency and to “catch up” with public expectations of service has seen a sharp rise in interest in using technology to transform the public sector. Eddie reviews where each of the political parties stand on digital government, and argues that whatever the shape of the next government, technology offers a genuine means to deliver more and better with less.

  • 05 December 2014 | 5 reasons why a return to grammar schools is a bad idea

    • Natasha Porter and Jonathan Simons, Policy Exchange's Deputy Head and Head of Education, argue that – contrary to what the backers of more grammar schools say – selective education was actually bad for social mobility. They show that grammar schools left behind those who did not attend them in terms of both grades and pay, that grammar schools take fewer poor students and that they did not necessarily provide a good education.

Latest Events

  • 16 December 2014 | How to Build a Smart City: Removing the policy barriers to Britain's smart urban future

    • Policy Exchange will be hosting a half-day conference to explore the big policy questions that face the UK as it seeks to use technology and data to improve our major urban centres. The conference will include keynote speeches from Michael Flowers, founding director of New York City's Mayor's Office of Data Analytics (MODA), and Deputy London Mayor Kit Malthouse.

  • 24 November 2014 | The Colin Cramphorn Memorial Prize, awarded to ex-NYPD Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly

    • Policy Exchange is delighted to award the Colin Cramphorn Memorial Prize to former NYPD Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly. Kelly is the longest serving Commissioner of the New York Police Department in its history - and one of the best known and respected policemen in the world. He was the first person to hold the post for a second, separate tenure.