• Electoral Omission

    The administration of elections in the UK is dangerously inefficient and open to fraud - there will be up to 15.5 million errors on the UK's electoral registers by the 2015 General Election. This report calls for targets for the maximum number of omissions and errors in the electoral register, annual checks to measure accuracy and small council tax rebates to encourage people to complete and return their voter registration forms.  Read more

    The Electoral Commission
  • 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

    Dean Godson
  • 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

    Contributory welfare
  • 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

  • 30 October 2014 | State education sector needs more effective oversight, says audit office

    • Jonathan Simons, Policy Exchange's Head of Education, is quoted in The Guardian responding to a National Audit Office report which claims that 1.6 million pupils are still being taught in state-funded schools rated less than good. Jonathan argues that effective oversight of school performance is vital for protecting taxpayers, parents and pupils and that the report highlights the need for some important changes to the accountability regime.

  • 27 October 2014 | Questions raised over Ofsted quality after cut-and-paste sacking

    • Jonathan Simons, Policy Exchange's Head of Education, is quoted in Academies Week commenting on the dismissal of an Ofsted lead inspector who was found to have copied and pasted whole paragraphs from previous reports. Jonathan argues that the apparent lack of quality control measures that allowed this to continue for a couple of years is troubling. Our report, Watching the Watchmen, in which we called for unreliable lesson observations to be scrapped as part of school inspections in cited in the article.

New publications

  • 23 October 2014 | Electoral Omission

    • Electoral Omission highlights how the administration of elections in the UK remains dangerously inefficient and open to fraud and predicts that there will be up to 15.5 million errors on the UK's electoral registers at the time of next year's General Election. The report recommends the introduction of targets for the maximum number of omissions and errors in the electoral register and annual checks to measure accuracy, along with small council tax rebates to encourage people to complete and return their voter registration forms.

  • 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.

Blogs

  • 27 October 2014 | A transformation of healthcare is now on the horizon

    • Policy Exchange’s newly appointed Head of Health, Thomas Cawston, argues that, while politicians may be wary of health reform, the scale of the challenge and the size of the opportunity is too important an issue to push to the side-lines.

  • 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.

Latest Events

  • 28 October 2014 | The future of the ETS in Europe’s climate strategy

    • This event will ask what role the ETS will play as European climate policy evolves. It will ask whether the ETS should remain the centrepiece of European climate policy, what reforms it needs, whether it can be expanded to include other countries or sectors and whether carbon taxation would be a better method of carbon pricing.

  • 22 October 2014 | Beyond Tech City: How can government support the growth of tech clusters beyond the M25?

    • What can be done to help the tech sector thrive far beyond London and the South East? This public panel event, featuring a keynote speech from Ed Vaizey, Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy, offers a chance to explore what comes next for government policy and the development of the UK’s silicon cities.