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.
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.
Liz Truss launches National Pollinators Strategy
In her first set-piece speech on the environment since taking office, DEFRA Secretary of State Liz Truss launched the National Pollinators Strategy - designed to revive bee and other pollinator populations - at Policy Exchange.
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
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.