Economics & Social Policy
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.
Money for Nothing
Money for Nothing argues that new fiscal rules should bind future governments to a spending envelope based on reducing the UK’s debt-GDP ratio to a sustainable level. The report highlights the scale of the challenge and argues that strict penalties must be put in place to ensure that politicians stay within the rules, including automatic nominal freezes to public sector pay, the state pension and benefit payments.
Public and Private Sector Pay: 2013 Update
Public sector workers in the North East, Merseyside and South West of England earn as much as £3,200 more than their equivalents in the private sector. The variation in pay has arisen because of the system of national pay bargaining. The paper recommends abolishing national pay deals and moving to a system which can reflect local labour markets and reward performance. Read the report
New polling conducted for Policy Exchange has found strong public support by a margin of nearly 5 to 1 for the introduction of workfare schemes. While the report warns against rolling out workfare for large numbers of benefit claimants as too costly and potentially detrimental to some, it does argue that the government should pilot workfare schemes for specific groups of jobseekers.
Cultures of Dependency
Fact, fiction, solutions
In the future employment support must better understand the pressures that families, social networks and communities put on unemployed people. Devolving power and money to city level would allow individual Jobcentres to pilot new innovative ways of delivering local personalised support to help people find a job.