Economics & Social Policy

  • Economics & Social Policy

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    By encouraging responsibility by individuals, government and business we believe that growth can be secured, public services improved and better outcomes delivered for families across the UK.

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  • Economics Manifesto

    The Economics Manifesto says that the next government should seek to create a capital-owning democracy for all, so that each and every person in the UK can benefit from economic growth. The report proposes mass distribution of RBS and Lloyds’ shares, compulsory savings, the introduction of a Bonus Isa and a new generation of private sector Premium Bonds.

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    Economics Manifesto
  • The Central Contradiction of Capitalism?

    This essay collection collates some of the most thought provoking assessments of Thomas Piketty’s book Capital in the Twenty-First Century, and publishes some new ones for the first time.

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    Piketty
  • Welfare Manifesto

    The Welfare Manifesto shows how to make the welfare system fit for the 21st Century. The report sets out principles to be make the system simpler, more effective, fairer, more affordable, and reward contribution.

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    Welfare Manifesto
  • Bonus ISAs

    Bonus ISAs proposes a new scheme to give people more flexibility to build up their tax-free savings pots during the course of a lifetime. The "Bonus ISA" would be offered to anybody who is unable to use their full annual tax-free savings allowance (currently set at £15,000). People would be given the power to roll over any unused portions of their existing ISA allowances into their Bonus ISA account.

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    Bonus ISAs

Latest Economics & Social Policy In the news

  • 05 February 2015 | David Blunkett: Labour should bring back the 'death tax'

    • The Telegraph covers David Blunkett's speech at the launch of Policy Exchange's Welfare Manifesto. During the event, Blunkett revealed that he believes Labour should re-adopt plans it held in 2010 for a levy of 10% on estates to pay for social care.

  • 03 February 2015 | Tories to consider making pensioners opt in on winter fuel allowance

    • The Independent covers Policy Exchange's Welfare Manifesto, suggesting that the Conservatives are considering the reports proposals to make Winter Fuel Payments an opt-in system and to replace Jobseeker's Allowance with personal welfare accounts.

Latest Economics & Social Policy Publications

  • 05 March 2015 | No Worker Left Behind: How to improve pay and work for the low paid

    • No Worker Left Behind calls for every person in full time work to receive a 'Living Income' - enough money after taxes and benefits to provide a socially-acceptable standard of living. We can do so by aligning and raising National Insurance and Income tax thresholds to a level where a person on full time work on the minimum wage would be taken out of tax altogether.

  • 24 February 2015 | Economics Manifesto

    • The Economics Manifesto says that the next government should seek to create a capital-owning democracy for all, so that each and every person in the UK can benefit from economic growth. The report proposes mass distribution of RBS and Lloyds’ shares, compulsory savings, the introduction of a  Bonus Isa and a new generation of private sector Premium Bonds.

Latest Economics & Social Policy Blogs

  • 18 March 2015 | Budget 2015: Policy Exchange Analysis

    • Policy Exchange responds to announcements in Budget 2015 in the areas of government spending, capital ownership, housing and energy policy.

  • 05 March 2015 | Growth is Still the Best Way to Raise Living Standards

    • Following IFS findings that living standards are finally back to pre-recession levels, Policy Exchange's Economics & Social Policy Research Fellow Jonathan Dupont sets out ten reasons why growth is still the best way to improve living standards.

Latest Economics & Social Policy Event

  • 24 February 2015 | Where Next for the UK Economy? with Stewart Wood, Jesse Norman, Jeremy Browne and Stephanie Flanders

    • Policy Exchange is delighted to be hosting a cross-party panel on the big questions that will shape the economy over the next five years and beyond. The event will examine how to spread growth throughout the country, how we finish closing the deficit and how we can take advantage of Britain's unique opportunities on an international level.

  • 04 February 2015 | Where Next for Welfare?

    • To mark the launch of Policy Exchange's Welfare Manifesto, we are delighted to welcome The Rt Hon David Blunkett MP. Mr Blunkett will outline what he thinks a welfare state fit for the 21st century should look like, and what principles should underpin it.