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07 July 2015 | CMA report splits the difference between Conservative and Labour energy policy

  • Richard Howard, Policy Exchange's Head of Environment & Energy, responds to the CMA's report on its investigation into the energy market.

  • 06 July 2015 | The government’s right-to-buy targets are achievable – if the politics are possible

  • Chris Walker, Policy Exchange's Head of Housing & Planning, examines the feasibility of the government's one-for-one replacement pledge on expensive social houses sold to fund new affordable homes. Chris points out that the numbers add up, although it remains to be seen whether replacements will occur at the national, local or regional level.

  • 06 July 2015 | The Known Unknowns: Summer Budget 2015

  • In the run up to the Summer Budget, Policy Exchange Economics & Social Policy Research Fellow Jonathan Dupont looks at the key questions the government will have to answer on future spending levels.

  • 01 July 2015 | Think of a number

  • Chris Walker, Policy Exchange's Head of Housing & Planning, looks at the various numbers put around for how many new affordable homes need to built a year. Chris argues that, accepting the 240,000 new homes a year needed as set out in the Barker Review, that 40,000 of those new homes should be affordable.

  • 30 June 2015 | What is a coasting school? An answer

  • Jonathan Simons, Policy Exchange's Head of Education, sets out how the government's new measure for coasting schools is likely to work in practice.

  • 25 June 2015 | When is a government bank not a government bank?

  • Richard Howard, Policy Exchange's Head of Environment & Energy, comments on the government's announcement that it wishes to part-privatise the Green Investment Bank. Whilst such a move may make things easier for the Bank, Richard questions whether the Bank would not just become the same as any other commercial bank, in which case why retain a stake at all?

  • 16 June 2015 | The Conservatives must become the party for the ‘just about managing’ class

  • James Frayne, Policy Exchange's Director of Policy and Strategy, sets out the findings from Overlooked But Decisive, our new report profiling C1 and C2 voters. Such voters values above all else family and fairness. This means these voters want an active, practical approach from Government that helps improve their everyday lives. But they also want to see the Government create a fairer system where hard work and playing by the rules is rewarded and the opposite punished.

  • 07 June 2015 | Nick Faith: Osborne should announce this week that all taxpayers will gain RBS shares

  • Nick Faith, Policy Exchange's Director of Communications, sets out the case for George Osborne announcing a mass distribution of RBS shares at his forthcoming Mansion House speech. Originally proposed in Privatising the Banks, the scheme would see the creation of a new generation of shareholders with an estimated 20 million taxpayers receiving shares worth £1,000.

  • 26 May 2015 | Housing is key to a Conservative vision for working people

  • Chris Walker, Head of Housing and Planning, discusses the merits of the Conservatives’ Right to Buy policy, explains that policies promoting home ownership should apply to people from all income brackets, and argues that the Right to Buy policy will increase the nation’s overall housing supply. 

  • 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.