• Powering Up

    Onshore wind is the most cost effective and scaleable low carbon technology in the UK and should be allowed to continue, albeit with subsidies phased out, if the government wants to decarbonise at least cost to the consumer.

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    Offshore Wind
  • Crossing the Line

    Secondary schools should cover the costs of some or all their students who fail to get a C in GCSE English or maths and end up transferring from the school to a Further Education (FE) College to take their resits.

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    GCSE English and Maths resits
  • On the Move

    On the Move shows how making it easier for people – especially those on low incomes – to commute just a little bit further each day can put them in touch of thousands of extra potential jobs. Proposals from the report for doing so include tax benefits for ride-sharing schemes, introducing part-time rail tickets and devolution rail franchising and commercial bus subsidy.

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    Labour mobility
  • The Customer is Always Right

    Policymakers are failing to strike the right balance between energy affordability and decarbonising the economy. Ill thought through energy and climate policies have added £120 to the average household energy bill over the past five years. If the government wants to retain support reducing carbon emissions it must focus on carrying it out in a way that reduces the price of energy bills.

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    Energy bills
  • Summer Budget 2015: Policy Exchange analysis

    Policy Exchange takes a more detailed look at the Summer Budget, including: the impact of the Living Wage; the reduced pace of departmental spending cuts; the fundamental shift in welfare policy; what awaits Housing Associations; and the impact of changes to energy levies.

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    Summer Budget 2015

In the news

  • 01 September 2015 | The handout junkies howl but razing solar subsidies is right

    • Charles Clover of The Sunday Times discusses energy subsidies and how onshore wind technology should compete on pricing like other renewable technologies, referencing findings from Policy Exchange that government policy accounts for £120 of the rise in dual-fuel energy bills over the past five years.

  • 28 August 2015 | Report: 'Subsidy free' wind energy contracts offer cheapest route to decarbonisation

    • BusinessGreen covers Policy Exchange's new Powering Up report. The report calls for subsidy payments for onshore wind to be capped and then reduced so that it becomes subsidy free by 2020. The report also calls for onshore wind to be allowed to compete in "subsidy free" energy auctions, which would bring costs down far enough to put it on a par with new gas energy plants.

New publications


  • 01 September 2015 | How our cities are changing

    • Damian Hind, Policy Exchange's Economics & Social Policy Research Fellow, examines the ONS's newly released Travel to Work Area data, highlighting the success of Cambridge and Manchester's labour markets.


  • 27 August 2015 | 5 points of focus for the ‘next phase’ of GDS

    • Following a series of high-profile departures at the Government Digital Service, Policy Exchange's Head of Technology Eddie Copeland sets out where the GDS should go next. Eddie calls for the GDS to be focus on maintaining standards for front-end government IT; improving user experience; leading on open standards and best practice; and improve government IT procurement.

Latest Events

  • 07 July 2015 | Natural Capital: Moving From Concept To Implementation

    • We have now moved to a point where the key question for natural capital is not ‘if’ but ‘how’ to implement it into policymaking. This event will examine how natural capital be should quantified; how it can be built into government & business decision-making; how it will influence wider policy; and how investments in natural capital can be paid for.

  • 29 June 2015 | The Future of Digital Government: What's worked? What's not? What's next?

    • With a new government in place, this major public event provides an important opportunity to explore the priorities for digital government for the next five years with a panel of experts, including a keynote speech from Mike Bracken, head of the Government Digital Service.