Today, the final submissions for the £250,000 Wolfson Economics Prize have been published. According to the finalists, as many as 40 new garden cities, each containing between 10,000 and 50,000 homes, should be built over the next 20 years if politicians are serious about solving Britain’s housing crisis.
Politicians from all parties should pledge to turn around the nation’s most deprived social housing estates within the next decade. The Estate We’re In highlights how decades of neglect and ghettoization have led to acute social problems and, using case studies to extract best practice, draws out the key lessons for policymakers in how to turn around the worst housing estates.
A report released today by Policy Exchange calls for local authorities to consider rewarding people who volunteer their time to clean up and maintain their local parks, allotments and cemeteries with council tax rebates.
To mark the deadline next Monday (11 August) for finalists’ submissions to this year’s £250,000 Wolfson Economics Prize, further research analysis released today shows that, by almost 3 to 1 (66% to 23%), Brits want more houses built to keep Britain’s economy growing. There was strong support among all income groups, ages and political persuasions.
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.