Jobcentres are failing to help people find long-term work and should be restructured under new plans that will enable private companies and charities to compete with government providers to offer more personalised and specialist support to jobseekers.
A report published today by leading think tank Policy Exchange encourages the government to open up the new capacity market to overseas power stations. The electricity would then supply the British market via undersea power cables - interconnectors.
As part of its Technology Manifesto, launched today in association with EMC and Google, leading think tank Policy Exchange says that a ‘start-up superstar’ scheme run by the UK’s leading companies would pay at least one graduate recruit a year to try and set up his or her own business rather than come to work. The employer would take an equity stake in the start-up and would guarantee a job for the graduate should the start-up fail within two years. Major public sector bodies such as the Civil Service Fast Stream and the BBC should also be encouraged to participate.
Three-quarters of Britons think that it is a good idea to build new garden cities to help meet Britain’s housing need, according to a national poll commissioned by the Wolfson Economics Prize, which this year is being awarded for the best ideas on how to deliver new garden cities.
Member of the press are invited to the announcement of the finalists of the £250,000 Wolfson Economics Prize 2014 on 4th June. The 5 shortlisted entries will be revealed as well as the winners of a number of smaller prizes, including "Light Bulb" prizes for outstanding individual ideas.
The elderly should be taught basic digital skills such as how to send emails, use search engines and go on to social networking sites in a new initiative to prevent loneliness. £140 per person would provide basic digital skills to get entire population online by 2020
A major new study by leading think tank Policy Exchange reveals that the five largest distinct Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities could potentially double from 8 million people or 14% of the population to between 20-30% by the middle of the century. Over the past decade, the UK’s White population has remained roughly the same while the minority population has almost doubled. Black Africans and Bangladeshis are the fastest growing minority communities with ethnic minorities representing 25% of people aged under the age of five.
Simon Wolfson, who is offering a £250,000 prize for the most innovative ideas on how to build a new garden city, today backed the Government's plans for garden cities as an important tool in securing the future of the British economy.
Simon Wolfson, the founder of the prestigious Wolfson Economics Prize, today revealed that the finalists for the 2014 Prize will be announced at a special event on Wednesday 4 June 2014. The prize asks entrants to write an essay on how they would deliver a new garden city which is visionary, economically-viable, and popular.