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22 July 2014 | A bold plan to make welfare more personalised and responsive

  • Ruth Porter, Head of Economic & Social Policy at Policy Exchange, outlines the recommendations made in our recently published report Joined Up Welfare. The report calls for a more personalised approach to welfare provision to ensure that jobseekers with multiple challenges to finding work are provided with the right support.  It argues that private companies, charities and the employment services part of Jobcentre Plus should be allowed to compete to provide support to jobseekers because, as Ruth argues, competition drives improvement. 

  • 20 July 2014 | What are the Tories' election plans?

  • Ruth Porter, Head of Economic & Social Policy at Policy Exchange, looks at what last week’s Cabinet reshuffle might reveal about David Cameron’s plans for the 2015 general election. Ruth highlights the promotion of Liz Truss and Michael Fallon who are both “adept media performers” and could play an important role in campaigning ahead of the election.  She also argues that David Cameron will focus on how fixing the economy is a two-term project, which is why George Osborne has been left as Chancellor. 

  • 11 July 2014 | Unions are harming their members’ interests with strikes

  • Ruth Porter, Policy Exchange's Head of Economic and Social Policy, writes arguing that strike action in the modern era is proving ineffective and harmful to union members. Instead, if public sector workes want higher wages they should seek a local pay structure which reflects performance.

  • 01 July 2014 | Beggar thy Neighbour?

  • Simon Moore, Policy Exchange's Senior Environment & Energy Research Fellow, tackles the criticism that interconnectors do not provide a reliable source of electricity that can be counted on in a crisis. Simon argues that interconnectors actually improve security of supply for countries during crisis points, but those interconnectors actually need to be built first, as we point out in our report Getting Interconnected.

  • 01 July 2014 | Business tax battle lines beginning to be drawn

  • Steve Hughes, Policy Exchange's Deputy Head of Economic & Social Policy, examines Ed Balls's announcement that he would freeze and then cut Business Rates, rather than lowering Corporation Tax. Steve argues that such a policy will not make UK business as a whole more competitive than a Corporation Tax cut would - instead it will create winners in the companies with lots of commercial property and losers in those that do not.

  • 27 June 2014 | Will the CMA inquiry restore trust in the energy market?

  • Policy Exchange's Head of Environment & Energy, Guy Newey, argues that unless the CMA inquiry into the energy retail market has clear political support at its outset for its outcomes and its remedies, it will be ineffective in achieving support in Westminster and among the wider public.

  • 27 June 2014 | Materials and momentum: why the Coalition has been so focussed on curriculum and assessment changes

  • This blog is a summary of the remarks that Jonathan Simons, Policy Exchange's Head of Education, gave to the Wellington Festival of Education. Jonathan calls for the creation of new centres of power to drive change in education and challenge current dominant beliefs held within the system.

  • 19 June 2014 | Can doctors prescribe apps instead of medicine?

  • Sarah Fink, Policy Exchange's Technology Policy Research Fellow, examines the potential for embedding digital tools in the NHS. The key to doing so, she argues, is to create an infrastructure beyond simple ratings and reviews that ensure parents, carers and doctors are given confidence in their effectiveness.

  • 16 June 2014 | How Canadian Conservatives won over minority voters

  • Prior to Policy Exchange's awarding of the inaugural Disraeli Prize to Canadian minister Jason Kenney, Rishi Sunak examines Kenney's success in changing perceptions of ethnic minorities towards Canada's Conservatives.

  • 12 June 2014 | Who do parents go to, if they have a problem with their child’s school?

  • Jonathan Simons, Policy Exchange's Head of Education, tackles Ed Miliband's recent question at PMQs as to who parents go to if they have a problem with their child's school.