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12 October 2015 | Blackout risk rises as UK energy crisis deepens

  • Richard Howard, Policy Exchange's Head of Environment & Energy, is quoted in The Telegraph highlighting the risk that the high cost of introducing new gas capacity will have on the UK's future electricity supply.

  • 09 October 2015 | David Cameron is on track to kill off social housing

  • Writing in The Guardian, housing consultant Colin Wiles attributes recent government decisions on housing and planning to reports written by former Head of Housing & Planning at Policy Exchange, Alex Morton.

  • 09 October 2015 | Britain's water crisis

  • The Guardian cites figures from Policy Exchange's 2011 report Untapped Potential which show that England and Wales are using 1.1bn-3.3bn liters of water a day more than our water bodies can deliver without being damaged.

  • 08 October 2015 | The leader of a Tory county council just said we should review the green belt

  • Jonn Elledge, editor of CityMetric, discusses the conversation around London's green belt from a Policy Exchange panel event at the 2015 Conservative Party conference. He quotes Policy Exchange's Head of Housing and Planning Chris Walker as saying that 10% of the green belt could accomodate 1 million extra homes.

  • 29 September 2015 | Jeremy Corbyn backtracks on abolishing free schools

  • The Telegraph cites findings from Policy Exchange's A Rising Tide report which show that new free schools, rather than sucking talent from and undermining nearby schools, actually help drag up results in neighbouring schools.

  • 27 September 2015 | Protect free school meals, say doctors

  • Jonathan Simons, Policy Exchange's Head of Education, is quoted by BBC News arguing that pilot studies show that universal free school meals don't have a direct impact on improving BMI or childhood obesity, and are not the best use of money in tight financial circumstances.

  • 25 September 2015 | Labour wants schools to be local

  • Jonathan Simons, Policy Exchange's Head of Education, is quoted by Schools Week criticising Labour proposals to impose further scrutiny from local councils on schools.

  • 23 September 2015 | Think tank issues association privatisation warning

  • Comments made by Policy Exchange's Head of Housing & Planning Chris Walker that, should the ONS reclassify housing associations as public bodies, the government's most obvious reaction would be to privatise them, are covered Inside Housing.

  • 22 September 2015 | London boroughs back common standards-led data approach

  • Comments made by Eddie Copeland, Policy Exchange's Head of Technology Policy, at a recent workshop event are covered by Government Computing. Eddie argued that due to the isolated way in which local government IT has organically developed, councils are a long way from being able to adopt open standards and share services.

  • 22 September 2015 | Speaker Bercow: Corbyn will need to stick with new PMQs tone for months

  • The Spectator's Isabel Hardman covers Policy Exchange's event with John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons. The Speaker set out his thoughts on how PMQs could be improved (beyond better behaviour from MPs), including a longer session and a mix of open and substantive questions from MPs.

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