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27 February 2015 | There is no evidence cutting tuition fees will increase university applications

  • Jonathan Simons, Policy Exchange's Head of Education, looks at the Labour claim that £9,000 a year tuition fees are putting prospective students off going to university. Jonathan argues that cutting tuition fees would have no appreciable effect on entrance rates, serving only to benefit mostly male higher earners decades from now.

  • 27 February 2015 | Not in the data business? Expect to be out of business within a decade

  • Eddie Copeland, Head of Policy Exchange's Technology Policy Unit, argues that all companies are going to have to become - in part - data companies if they are to survive. If the government is keen on the future success of the economy, Eddie says, they will need to start shouting louder about the need to beef up the data aspects of business.

  • 26 February 2015 | What can we learn from the renewables CfD auction results?

  • Richard Howard, Policy Exchange's Head of Environment & Energy, looks at the results of the government's renewable energy auction. Whilst far superior to what came before, Richard shows how the process can be improved further.

  • 24 February 2015 | Prison Works

  • Glyn Gaskarth, Policy Exchange's Head of Crime & Justice, examines Nick Clegg's recent speech saying that he wants fewer offenders to be sent to jail.

  • 24 February 2015 | Five policies that will transform the UK into a truly capital-owning democracy

  • Steve Hughes, Policy Exchange's Head of Economics & Social Policy, sets out five policies from our recent Economics Manifesto that would help turn Britain into a capital-owning democracy. The policies include a mass distribution of RBS and Lloyds' shares, a new type of 'Bonus' ISA and a new generation of premium bonds.

  • 18 February 2015 | Will greater competition or greater intervention fix the energy market? What can we learn from the CMA report?

  • Richard Howard, Policy Exchange's Head of Environment & Energy, looks at the main findings from the recent CMA report into the energy market and uses them to critique the conflicting approaches between the Coalition and Labour as to how to fix it.

  • 11 February 2015 | A new model for delivery of energy efficiency measures?

  • Richard Howard, Policy Exchange's Head of Environment & Energy, sets out how we can improve the delivery of energy efficiency schemes such as ECO and the Green Deal.

  • 10 February 2015 | Law breakers should not influence law makers

  • Glyn Gaskarth, Policy Exchange's Head of Crime & Justice, sets out four reasons why the European Court of Human Rights was wrong to dictate that UK prisoners should be able to vote in elections.

  • 06 February 2015 | How could local government use technology to benefit the environment?

  • Katherine Drayson, Policy Exchange's Environment & Energy Research Fellow, argues a more co-ordinated approach to environmental data could help solve a host of green challenges.

  • 06 February 2015 | A welfare system fit for the 21st Century

  • Policy Exchange's Head of Economic and Social Policy, Steve Hughes, highlights some of the key recommendations made in our recently published Welfare Manifesto. The report proposed greater personalisation of help for job seekers, making the Winter Fuel Payment opt-in and the creation of a compulsory collective insurance scheme as part of plans to make a fairer, more affordable welfare system.