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In the news

  • 17 December 2014 | Opinion: Policy Exchange’s housing association report revisited

    • Ian Fletcher, Director of Policy at the British Property Federation, has written a blog for 24dash.com – a Social Housing and Local Government news website – considering the key proposals made in our recently published report Freeing Housing Associations. The report calls for housing associations to be given the option to repay their historical government grant, freeing them from numerous regulatory restrictions and allowing them to raise and spend up to an extra £1 billion on building both new social and market homes. Ian highlights how, in the midst of a housing crisis, inventive solutions are needed and that housing associations should be encouraged to invest into a broader range of housing solutions. However, the current regulatory and investment regime constrains how much they can do.

  • 16 December 2014 | Child benefit may be limited to two children, says Iain Duncan Smith

    • Coverage in The Guardian refers to Policy Exchange research which found that limiting child benefit payments to four children per household, with progressively reduced payments after the first child, could save £1 billion over the course of the next parliament. The article highlights how numerous Policy Exchange recommendations have featured in past Conservative manifestos.

  • 16 December 2014 | Benefit cuts could limit family size

    • The Times refers to Policy Exchange research which found that limiting child benefit payments to four children per household, with progressively reduced payments after the first child, could save £1 billion over the course of the next parliament.

Blogs

  • 10 December 2014 | Are there votes in digital policy?

    • Eddie Copeland, Policy Exchange's Head of Technology Policy sets out how the need for greater efficiency and to “catch up” with public expectations of service has seen a sharp rise in interest in using technology to transform the public sector. Eddie reviews where each of the political parties stand on digital government, and argues that whatever the shape of the next government, technology offers a genuine means to deliver more and better with less.

  • 05 December 2014 | 5 reasons why a return to grammar schools is a bad idea

    • Natasha Porter and Jonathan Simons, Policy Exchange's Deputy Head and Head of Education, argue that – contrary to what the backers of more grammar schools say – selective education was actually bad for social mobility. They show that grammar schools left behind those who did not attend them in terms of both grades and pay, that grammar schools take fewer poor students and that they did not necessarily provide a good education.

  • 03 December 2014 | Autumn Statement 2014 - Raising the stakes for the NHS to deliver

    • Thomas Cawston, Policy Exchange's Head of Health, responds to today's Autumn Statement and the announcement that the NHS will receive £2 billion in extra funds each year. Thomas argues that while the extra cash will bring a sigh of relief for many in the NHS - particularly in a time of austerity - the public will only accept higher spending if it delivers a better health service and not simply maintains inefficient services that fail to meet patients’ needs.

Press Releases

  • 08 December 2014 | A week in jail for offenders who breach community orders

    • Prolific criminals serving community orders, who break the terms of their probation, could be sent to jail for up to a week under plans to make the criminal justice system swifter and fairer. Swift and Certain says that 182,000 offenders receive either a Community Order or Suspended Sentence Order every year, with a third failing to complete their order with punishments not being until 5 weeks after the breach.

  • 12 November 2014 | New ‘Free Housing Associations’ could build 100,000 new homes a year

    • Housing associations are being stifled by unnecessary red tape that prevents them from building 100,000 new homes a year – a third of the total housing supply needed to keep up with demand. A new category of 'Free Housing Associations', should buy out their historical grant from the government in return for the removal of regulatory restrictions.

  • 23 October 2014 | Electoral Commission is not fit for purpose, says think tank

    • Electoral Omission highlights how the administration of elections in the UK remains dangerously inefficient and open to fraud and predicts that there will be up to 15.5 million errors on the UK's electoral registers at the time of next year's General Election. The report recommends the introduction of targets for the maximum number of omissions and errors in the electoral register and annual checks to measure accuracy, along with small council tax rebates to encourage people to complete and return their voter registration forms.

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