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21 May 2015 | The Police have delivered ‘more for less’ for five years and we should celebrate that more

  • Glyn Gaskarth, Policy Exchange's Head of Crime & Justice, recounts his experience at the recent Police Federation conference. He argues that - counter to the conference's theme that "cuts have consequences", the police have in fact been able to do more with less, and offers suggestions for ways the police are able to do more still.

  • 20 May 2015 | What is a coasting school?

  • On the back of announcements by Nicky Morgan last weekend, Policy Exchange's Head of Education Jonathan Simons considers which schools the government may be about to classify as coasting and in need of further attention.

  • 14 May 2015 | What if public services could be more like Amazon’s?

  • In his latest blog, Eddie Copeland, Policy Exchange’s Head of Technology Policy, describes the advances government could make if it personalised public services in the way that Amazon, Tesco ClubCard and Google currently do. Eddie argues that if public services addressed the needs of the individual by joining up data across departments, there would be a significant benefit to citizens. 

  • 13 May 2015 | Priorities for the new BIS team

  • Jonathan Simons, Policy Exchange's Head of Education, sets out the priorities facing the new BIS team. He lists higher education (including shifting fees and the future of international students), science, further education and skills as their top priorities.

  • 12 May 2015 | What does the election result mean for tech policy?

  • Eddie Copeland, Head of the Technology Unit at Policy Exchange, considers what effect the election result will have on technology policy in the next five years. Due to an unexpected Conservative majority, Eddie argues the focus is certain to be on the future of the Government Digital Service and the impact an EU referendum could have on Britain's role as the most digital nation in Europe.  

  • 12 May 2015 | Dear Energy Secretary, I'm afraid to tell you there is no money….

  • Richard Howard, Head of Policy Exchange's Environment and Energy unit, argues that the Department for Energy and Climate Change has underestimated the cost of energy policies with drastic consequences for future budgets. With reference to data from an upcoming Policy Exchange report, Richard shows that DECC needs to adapt rapidly to avoid being unable to fund future projects. 

  • 30 April 2015 | Schools policy challenges after the election

  • In a blog based on a speech he made earlier today, Policy Exchange's Head of Education Jonathan Simons discusses the policy challenges facing schools after the election. Jonathan argues that the closeness of the election will make it difficult to enact significant education reforms.

  • 15 April 2015 | The public supports selling off most expensive council properties

  • Chris Walker, Policy Exchange's Head of Housing & Planning, examines the results of polling commissioned by Policy Exchange on how far the public support the Conservatives' proposed plans to force councils to sell off expensive social housing and use the proceeds to build more affordable homes.

  • 01 April 2015 | “I can’t do maths”

  • Natasha Porter, Policy Exchange's Deputy Head of Education, criticises the social acceptance of poor numeracy as innate - that one can naturally be "bad at maths". She reiterates the call from our Education Manifesto for all students to be made to study maths to age 18.

  • 31 March 2015 | The ECHR must no longer apply to our armed forces in wartime

  • Tom Tugendhat, former Military Assistant to the Chief of the Defence Staff and co-author of Policy Exchange’s new Clearing the Fog of Law report sets out the report on ConservativeHome. He calls for to the UK to derogate from the European Convention on Human Rights for all future overseas armed conflicts, following instead the rules laid down in the Geneva Conventions.