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08 April 2014 | Britain hailed as 'the Mo Farah of the global race' as IMF predicts fastest growth in G7 of 2.9% in a vindication for Osborne

  • Ruth Porter, Policy Exchange's Head of Economic and Social Policy, is quoted by The Daily Mail calling Britain “the Mo Farah of the global race”, following IMF predictions that UK growth will be the fastest in the G7. Ruth stresses that the ‘global race’ is a marathon not a sprint, and that while our flexible labour market has helped the UK to weather the economic downturn more than most, we must raise our ambition further.

  • 04 April 2014 | Government 'at risk of losing its way' with digital strategy

  • Wired covers a recent event by Policy Exchange and EMC on how technology can be used to reinvent government, including quotes from speakers Mark Thompson, Paul Maltby and James Better. The article also cites findings from Policy Exchange's previous report, The Big Data Opportunity, that government could save £33 billion by employing data and technology analytics.

  • 01 April 2014 | Mark Hoban MP: Pensions tax relief should reward those on lower incomes who do the right thing by saving

  • Former Financial Secretary to the Treasury Mark Hoban MP cites Policy Exchange's Help to Save pensions report in his recent article on ConservativeHome. Hoban calls the report "excellent" and highlights findings from the report that many people are failing to save a decent income for their retirement.

  • 31 March 2014 | What government can do with big data – livechat

  • Policy Exchange's report, The Big Data Opportunity, is covered in a livechat by The Guardian on Big Data. They cite findings from the report that the government could save up to £33 billion a year through better use of data. 

  • 28 March 2014 | Self-builders to be given the right to a plot under proposal influenced by think-tank

  • Planning Magazine cite the impact that Policy Exchange report A Right to Build had on the self build policy announced in Budget 2014. The government will be consulting on a new "right to build" giving custom builders a right to a plot of land from councils. This echoes calls from our report for councils failing to hit their own housing targets to have to release land to local people for self-build housing.

  • 27 March 2014 | ‘Cut employers NI to boost incomes’

  • Policy Exchange's latest report, Taxing Jobs, is covered by The Independent. The report calls for Government to cut the National Insurance rate for all businesses, and de-prioritise increasing Income Tax personal allowance as a means for boosting economic growth.

  • 26 March 2014 | Magistrates could be restricted to 10-year term to increase diversity

  • The Guardian covers criminal justice minister Damian Green's recent speech at Policy Exchange on modernising the magistracy. At the event, Green set out a series of proposed reforms he was interested in making, including several from Policy Exchange's recent Future Courts report, which include a ten year tenure for magistrates and new working patterns to better attract younger and more diverse candidates.

  • 25 March 2014 | After disastrous polls for Labour, has the Budget marked a turning point for the Tories?

  • Nick Faith, Director of Communications at Policy Exchange, argues in a City A.M. debate piece that the "silver saver" Budget has put the Conservatives in a very strong position. However, he states that they still require an iconic policy that links deficit reduction to a rise in living standards - citing a mass distribution of the remaining shares in Lloyds as one possible option.

  • 24 March 2014 | Police in Britain's biggest force drop 70 PER CENT of all robbery investigations with no further action because of 'insufficient evidence'

  • The Daily Mail quotes Max Chambers, Head of Crime & Justice at Policy Exchange, discussing Policy Exchange figures which reveal 70% of robberies reported to the Met in 2013 ended in no further action. Max calls for a reordering of policing priorities and freeing police from responding to non-criminal incidents. 

  • 19 March 2014 | Budget 2014: Welfare spending cap set at £119.5bn in 2015-16

  • Policy Exchange's Head of Economic and Social Policy, Ruth Porter, is quoted by BBC News commenting on the welfare cap introduced in Budget 2014. Ruth says that because the cap has been set broadly in line with current spending plans and excludes the state pension, it is unlikely to receive pressure for to be cut further in the future, but will be effective in curbing the likelihood of substantial spending increases.