Eddie Copeland, Policy Exchange's Head of Technology Policy sets out how the need for greater efficiency and to “catch up” with public expectations of service has seen a sharp rise in interest in using technology to transform the public sector. Eddie reviews where each of the political parties stand on digital government, and argues that whatever the shape of the next government, technology offers a genuine means to deliver more and better with less.
Natasha Porter and Jonathan Simons, Policy Exchange's Deputy Head and Head of Education, argue that – contrary to what the backers of more grammar schools say – selective education was actually bad for social mobility. They show that grammar schools left behind those who did not attend them in terms of both grades and pay, that grammar schools take fewer poor students and that they did not necessarily provide a good education.
Thomas Cawston, Policy Exchange's Head of Health, responds to today's Autumn Statement and the announcement that the NHS will receive £2 billion in extra funds each year. Thomas argues that while the extra cash will bring a sigh of relief for many in the NHS - particularly in a time of austerity - the public will only accept higher spending if it delivers a better health service and not simply maintains inefficient services that fail to meet patients’ needs.
Ahead of tomorrow's Autumn Statement, and the expectation that the Chancellor will earmark a further £2 billion for the NHS, Policy Exchange's Head of Health, Thomas Cawston, considers where that money will come from and exactly where it should be spent. He argues that even with the extra cash, the NHS still faces a huge funding gap that can only be met by efficiency and reform.
Ahead of the Autumn Statement, Policy Exchange's Economics Research Fellow Jonathan Dupont asks 5 key questions on the state of the economy: how much will the worldwide slowdown affect the UK; how much lower can unemployment go; when will pay and productivity pick up; how big is the hole in the public finances; and what are the parties going to do to close the gap?
Policy Exchange's Head of Technology Policy Eddie Copeland and Technology Policy Research Fellow Cameron Scott examine the new Sharing Economy Review. They highlight three welcome themes that the Review picks up on that typically receive less attention: trust and identity, public sector benefits and digital/social inclusion.
Thomas Cawston, Policy Exchange's Head of Health, sets out how, with Simon Stevens of NHS England seizing the health policy initiative with his Forward View, the NHS needs to find a way for politicians to pull their weight without just bringing the money to the table or getting in the way. Thomas argues that there is still expertise in Whitehall that can be put to good use and identifies the policy areas that are crying out for ministerial attention.
Thomas Cawston, Policy Exchange's Head of Health, criticises Clive Efford MP's Private Members' Bill aimed at reversing the supposed "privatisation" of the NHS. Thomas points out that the NHS has made use of the private sector for years, and that only 6 pence in ever pound spent by the NHS goes to the private sector.
Thomas Cawston, Policy Exchange's Head of Health, argues that technology and stratification are the key to improving general practice. Allowing patients to hold their records and interact with medical professional online could reduce the need for face-to-face appointments. And GPs should stop trying to be all things to all people and specialise instead - the needs of young working age people are quite different from elderly people with chronic illness.
Thomas Cawston, Policy Exchange's Head of Health, sets out why a national approach may not be the most effective way to deliver coordinated health and care services. In a system based on local innovation, and local leadership and ownership of change, Ministers and policymakers need to accept that "one size fits all" is no longer suitable in today's NHS.