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.
Policy Exchange sets out a more compassionate, but stricter, regime for those breaching their welfare conditions. With as many as 68,000 people a year having their Jobseeker's Allowance unfairly withdrawn, we call for benefits to still be made available through a 'benefit card' for first time offenders to prevent unnecessary hardship. We also call for more stringent penalties for people who consistently break the terms of their job search requirements. Read more
Child Poverty Strategy adopts Policy Exchange proposals
Recommendations for helping lone parents into work from our Parenting Alone report have been taken forward in the government's draft Child Poverty Strategy. This will see additional support provided through Universal Credit so lone parents can keep more of their earnings before their benefits start being withdrawn, as well as bespoke employment support from JobCentre Plus. Read more
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