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17 October 2014 | It is time for more radical ideas to make welfare fit for purpose

  • Policy Exchange's Head of Economic and Social Policy, Steve Hughes, outlines the thinking behind our recently published report Making Contributions Count. The report calls for the next government to legislate for a new welfare system that establishes a clear link between contribution and benefits, and argues that only then will public trust in the benefits system be restored.

  • 17 October 2014 | A tale of two education announcements

  • Policy Exchange's Head of Education, Jonathan Simons, contrasts recent announcements on education policy from the Labour and Conservative Parties. Jonathan sets out how the varied reactions to these announcements provide an interesting illustration as to the current state of education political communications.  

  • 10 October 2014 | Getting the long-term unemployed back to work under Universal Credit

  • Ed Holmes, Senior Research Consultant for Economics at Policy Exchange, calls on the government to seize the moment in tackling problems in the otherwise successful Work Programme. He sets our recommendations from his recent report Work 2.0 to ensure that the Work Programme works hand-in-hand with Universal Credit, building a more personally tailored employment system and helping getting claimants into 'mini-jobs' and building skills.

  • 03 October 2014 | The Conservatives have to make greater inroads into our cities

  • Following an event at the Conservative Party Conference 2014 on how the Conservatives can win more urban seats, Policy Exchange Director of Communications Nick Faith reflects on some of the key recommendations the event threw up.

  • 02 October 2014 | We need to talk about data

  • Eddie Copeland, Policy Exchange's Head of Technology Policy, argues that politicians need to take action to build citizens’ trust in how public and private sector organisations use their data.

  • 26 September 2014 | The advantages of scale

  • Annaliese Briggs, Policy Exchange's Education Research Fellow, explains the thinking behind our recently published report, Primary Focus. The report highlights how a “perfect storm” of challenges could see 1 in 5 primary schools falling below the government’s tough new minimum standards in 2016 and proposes grouping schools together into formal academy chains, building capacity and capability.

  • 25 September 2014 | The skills debate is critical to the future of our coastal towns

  • Policy Exchange's Director of Communications Nick Faith highlights the fact that, although people can see the economy improving many are still not seeing their own life circumstances improving. Nick highlights the plight of coastal towns in particular, and calls for the government to address the economic problems people are facing through a focus on improving training, jobs and wages.

  • 24 September 2014 | Labour’s star speaker isn’t such a star

  • Nick Faith, Policy Exchange's Director of Communications, considers Labour’s choice of guest speaker at this year's Labour Party Conference. Nick argues that the decision to invite Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York City, is not a particularly wise one, considering Mayor de Blasio’s record of raising taxes, unfunded spending commitments and caving in to militant trade unions.

  • 24 September 2014 | Labour shouldn't be scrapping PCCs, it should be working out how to make them better

  • Glyn Gaskarth, Policy Exchange's Head of Crime & Justice, calls for Labour not to scrap PCCs. Glyn points out the good work many Labour PCCs have been doing on issues that Labour voters really care about, and asks what why an alternative arrangement would be better. He calls for Labour to instead develop a vision for how they would improve the role.

  • 12 September 2014 | Doug Lemov at the annual Policy Exchange / Teach First Lecture (II)

  • Natasha Porter, Policy Exchange's Deputy Head of Education, covers our inaugural Annual Education Lecture, which was delivered by US education reform expert Doug Lemov.  Doug called for greater opportunities for teachers to learn from one another, highlighting that there is no achievement gap that some teacher hasn't already crossed.