The Economist cites Thomas Cawston, Policy Exchange's Head of Health, commenting on proposed changes to NHS primary care from NHS boss Simon Stevens. Whilst the plan does not explicitly mention it, Thomas points out that many of its ambitions can only be achieved through greater use of privatisation.
Inside Housing's Jules Birch discusses Policy Exchange's Freeing Housing Associations report in an extensive article. The report shows how allowing housing associations to buy out of certain regulations will allow them to double their capacity to provide new homes to 100,000 a year.
Former councillor Judy Terry praises Policy Exchange's Freeing Housing Associations report as "recommended reading" in an article on ConservativeHome. The report calls for housing associations to be able to buy out of their government grant in order to gain freedoms over how they handle their housing stock.
Thomas Cawston, Policy Exchange's Head of Health, argues that technology and stratification are the key to improving general practice. Allowing patients to hold their records and interact with medical professional online could reduce the need for face-to-face appointments. And GPs should stop trying to be all things to all people and specialise instead - the needs of young working age people are quite different from elderly people with chronic illness.
Thomas Cawston, Policy Exchange's Head of Health, sets out why a national approach may not be the most effective way to deliver coordinated health and care services. In a system based on local innovation, and local leadership and ownership of change, Ministers and policymakers need to accept that "one size fits all" is no longer suitable in today's NHS.
Following the NHS's plans to introduce a 'kitemark' for health apps, Eddie Copeland, Policy Exchange's Head of Technology Policy, argues that the commitment to adopting a medically rigorous approach to health apps may help convince patients that technology and data are the friend and not the foe of better healthcare.
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.
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.
Every worker in Britain will have to pay into a new unemployment insurance scheme which will put personal contribution at the heart of the welfare system. For the first time people who have worked hard and paid their taxes will receive a greater level of out of work support. The majority of people who work all their lives could end up with a £10,000 pot when they retire, providing a significant income boost considering the average pension pot is just £36,800.