The Guardian reports comments by Eddie Copeland, Policy Exchange's Head of Digital Government, at their recent roundtable ahead of the introduction of the new computing curriculum in schools. Eddie is quoted saying that teachers will need time to embed knowledge and new skills on top of the extra training they will undergo for the new curriculum.
In an article debating the future of the high street in the digital age, the Financial Times covers proposals from a recent Policy Exchange report 21st Century Retail Policy, recommending that neglected and boarded up high streets should be converted into housing.
Nick Faith, Director of Communications at Policy Exchange, takes up the 'Yes' viewpoint for City A.M., arguing that this Autumn Statement set a clear dividing line between the Conservative and Labour, proving the latter "comprehensively wrong" on the economy.
Eddie Copeland, Head of Digital Government at Policy Exchange welcomes the return of Computer Science onto the school curriculum, adding that it has the potential to enable new and existing industries to flourish, expand and succeed in the global digital economy.
Following the publication of the National Audit Office's report on Free Schools, Jonathan Simons, Head of Education at Policy Exchange, argues that much of the coverage of the report has been ideologically motivated and ignored the general tone of the report. In response, Jonathan highlights 12 positive findings from the report.
Policy Exchange Director of Communications Nick Faith writes arguing that the best way to support the high street is not to discriminate against out of town malls. He makes the case from our report 21st Century Retail Policy that radical action is required to help high streets, including replacing poor performing councils with a management team of retail experts tasked with reinvigorating ailing high streets and allowing empty shops to be converted more easily into housing.
A new Policy Exchange paper, 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. It is currently projected to exceed 100% of GDP by 2015, the highest level since modern records began. Strict penalties would be put in place to ensure that politicians stayed within the rules including automatic nominal freezes to public sector pay, the state pension and benefit payments.
Park Land, Policy Exchange's latest paper, calls for the creation of a nationwide map of urban green spaces with 'Tripadvisor'-style ratings and information. Residents could compare ratings with other parks and report any crime, litter or dog fouling directly to the council, allowing councils to prioritise their already-stretched resources where they are needed most.
Policy Exchange's latest report Taxing Issues? Reducing housing demand or increasing housing supply dismisses calls for a rise in property taxation, as Britons already pay the highest levels of property taxes in the whole developed world, and instead calls for policymakers to prioritise building 1.5 million new homes by 2020.