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03 February 2016 | The Authorisation Processes for Interception Activities

  • In this post Lord Carlile CBE QC, Liberal Democrat peer and former Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation, expresses reservations about the role of judges in the 'double lock' authorisation process set out in the draft Investigatory Powers Bill. 

  • 02 February 2016 | Why London needs a boiler scrappage scheme

  • Richard Howard, Policy Exchange’s Head of Environment & Energy, looks at the prospect of a boiler scrappage scheme, and argues the ambition of the scheme should be increased. 

  • 01 February 2016 | What pupil factors should a new national funding formula include?

  • In an essay for NAHT, Jonathan Simons, Policy Exchange's Head of Education, sets out some issues to consider when DfE are designing the new national funding formula. 

  • 28 January 2016 | Why we should electronically monitor alleged perpetrators of domestic abuse

  • Glyn Gaskarth, Policy Exchange’s Head of Crime & Justice, argues that alleged perpetrators of domestic abuse should be electronically monitored when the risk level warrants it, at the recommendation of a Judge. 

  • 27 January 2016 | Apprenticeship requirement means a challenge for large schools and chains

  • Jonathan Simons, Policy Exchange's Head of Education, argues that the 3 million Apprenticeship target is well intentioned but threatens to place a burden on large schools and Academy chains.

  • 25 January 2016 | Rethinking the emergency services split

  • Glyn Gaskarth, Policy Exchange’s Head of Crime & Justice, looks at the impact of the transfer of responsibility for the Fire and Rescue Service to the Home Office and the proposal for Police and Crime Commissioners to be able to take over governance of their local Fire and Rescue Service.

  • 21 January 2016 | The draft Investigatory Powers Bill 2015: the “double lock” and the “principles of judicial review”

  • In this post Professor Christopher Forsyth (University of Cambridge) comments on the "double lock" proposals set out in the draft Investigatory Powers Bill, which would require Judicial Commissioners (High Court judges) to approve decisions of the Home Secretary to issue interception warrants.

  • 18 January 2016 | How low can you go? The impact of oil at $30 a barrel and falling…

  • Richard Howard, Policy Exchange’s Head of Environment and Energy, looks at the impact of falling oil and gas prices on the UK economy, and energy and environmental policy.

  • 08 January 2016 | The local support we found for the garden villages Britain needs

  • Christopher Walker, Policy Exchange's Head of Housing, Planning and Urban Policy, summarises the growing support for his proposals in the report Garden Villages, and through his survey found local authorities to be in favour.

  • 18 December 2015 | Let’s stop eulogising democratic accountability

  • Jonathan Simons, Policy Exchange's Head of Education, debunks the argument that local democratic pressures exerted on councils force them to hold schools to account for their performance. Jonathan shows that in reality, in 16 of the lowest performing areas in the country for education, the parties controlling those councils were actually more likely to hold or increase their council majority than to lose control.

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