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14 April 2015 | FactCheck Q&A: the Tories’ right to buy plan

  • Channel 4's FactCheck website credits Policy Exchange's Ending Expensive Social Tenancies report with influencing the Conservative manifesto's pledge to make councils sell their most expensive social housing as it becomes vacant and use the proceeds to fund construction of more, good quality affordable homes.

  • 14 April 2015 | Policy Exchange in the Conservative 2015 Manifesto

  • Policy Exchange was delighted to see the Conservative Manifesto adopt so many of our policy recommendations from the past 5 years, particularly in the fields of Housing & Planning and Crime & Justice.

  • 14 April 2015 | Conservative manifesto to offer 1.3m families right to buy housing association homes

  • Following the announcement that the Conservatives will require councils to sell their expensive social houses in order to fund the construction of new affordable homes, The Guardian points out that this is a policy adopted from Policy Exchange's 2012 Ending Expensive Social Tenancies report.

  • 10 April 2015 | Scaling up

  • Thomas Cawston, Policy Exchange's Head of Health, is quoted in The Economist arguing that replacing many small GP clinics with bigger practices will adversely affect patient choice, which has been an effective part of improving GP services in recent years.

  • 07 April 2015 | Protect our forces from human rights law, say ex-defence chiefs

  • Following a joint public declaration from five former Chiefs of the General Staff warning against creeping legal expansion on to the battlefield, The Times highlights Policy Exchange's recent report Clearing the Fog of Law which warned that the threat of legal action is sapping Britain’s ability to fight wars.

  • 07 April 2015 | Parks event aims to demystify political parties' approach to green space

  • Horticulture Week quotes Katherine Drayson, Policy Exchange's Environment & Energy Research Fellow, prior to her talk at Green Connect's forthcoming conference on parks and green spaces. Katherine argues that whilst the funding environment for parks is going to be difficult after the election, the agreement of all three main parties on the localism agenda does present an opportunity

  • 30 March 2015 | 'Human rights law has no place on the battlefield' – Policy Exchange report

  • The Guardian covers Clearing the Fog of Law, Policy Exchange's new report examining the impact of human rights legislation on the fighting capabilities of Britain's armed forces. The report finds that soldiers on the battlefield are being held to the same standards as police officers on the beat, and calls for the armed forces to be subject only to the Geneva Conventions, rather than the ECHR.

  • 30 March 2015 | European laws ‘should not burden troops fighting Isis’

  • The Times covers Policy Exchange's new report Clearing the Fog of Law. The report finds that fears of prosecution under the European Convention of Human Rights are hampering the capability of British armed forces in conflict zones.

  • 30 March 2015 | Teachers threaten parents over video games

  • Jonathan Simons, Policy Exchange's Head of Education, is quoted by The Times responding to letters from schools in Cheshire threatening parents with police involvement in order to prevent their children staying up late playing video games. Jonathan argues that whilst schools should try and help on issues that negatively affect pupils' work, involving the police is unlikely to be helpful.

  • 26 March 2015 | ‘Let schools pay top teachers 25% more,’ mobility tsar says

  • The Telegraph covers Alan Milburn's recent speech at Policy Exchange on education and social mobility, at which he called on government to give 2,000 teachers 25% pay rises if they agree to work in the most challenging schools. The Telegraph highlights that Milburn's comments echo Policy Exchange work in this area.