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Locate police in London Underground ticket offices, says think tank

  • Boosting London’s Frontline Policing, a joint Policy Exchange and Capital City Foundation paper, argues that ‘Underground Police Points‘ would improve access to the police and help prevent victims and criminals from interacting in police stations.

  • Raise road tax on new diesel cars to improve air quality, says Policy Exchange

  • Today Richard Howard, Head of Energy and Environment at Policy Exchange, suggests raising road tax to generate £500 million a year to fund a new diesel car scrappage scheme. 

  • New research: Working women are quitting teaching for good

  • The Importance of Teachers, a joint Policy Exchange and ASCL paper, looks at the challenges of recruiting and retaining teachers and argues for more flexible working practices.  

  • Give home-buyers a Stamp Duty reduction for more energy efficient homes, says think tank

  • Efficient Energy Policy states the UK to have some of the least efficient housing stock and highest rates of fuel poverty in Europe. It argues that promoting home energy efficiency could not only reduce energy bills, but is also one of the cheapest ways to cut carbon emissions. 

  • James Cracknell argues for a tax on sugary drinks

  • This morning we published a report, Britain Imbalanced. Authored by double Olympic gold medallist, James Cracknell, the report says that a tax on sugary drinks should be introduced as part of a series of measures to combat rising levels of obesity in the UK. While acknowledging that a sugary drinks tax is not a magic bullet, the paper says that is on balance it is a sensible intervention to help prevent the rise in obesity, especially among children. 

  • Boston is the least integrated place in the country

  • Today our new Demography, Immigration and Integration Unit published its inaugural Integration Index. The Index uses data from the latest census to examine ‘identity integration’. The findings reveal the 160 most/least integrated places in the country with Boston in Lincolnshire being the least integrated and Amersham in Buckinghamshire the most. 

  • Teams of ‘data geeks’ key to the success of city devolution, says Policy Exchange

  • A new report, Smart Devolution, by leading think tank Policy Exchange says that most cities have vast quantities of data that if accessed and used effectively could help improve public services, optimise transport routes, support the growth of small businesses and even prevent cycling accidents.  

  • Judges guilty of rewriting Freedom of Information laws

  • Judging the Public Interest shows that some senior members of the judiciary are overstepping their constitutional bounds. It examines the high profile dispute in Evans v Attorney General, concerning the disclosure of the Prince of Wales’s correspondence with ministers. The then Attorney General, Dominic Grieve QC, exercised his statutory power – the ministerial veto – to override the Upper Tribunal and block the release of the letters. His exercise of the veto was challenged in the courts and eventually quashed by the Supreme Court.

  • New report: Nearly a quarter of all school children in London are exposed to illegal and harmful levels of air pollution

  • Nearly 25% of all school children in London and 44% of the Capital’s workforce are exposed to levels of air pollution that exceed legal and healthy limits. A new report, Up in the Air, by leading think tank Policy Exchange and King’s College London, analyses data from over 100 air quality monitoring sites across London. It shows the most polluted parts of the Capital currently have levels of Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) nearly four times the legal limit. The research finds that 12.5% of the total area of the Capital currently exceeds the legal limit for NO2, and that deprived parts of London are more likely to be affected.

  • Policy Exchange responds to the government's "energy policy reset"

  • Responding to Amber Rudd's "energy policy reset", Policy Exchange Head of Environment & Energy Richard Howard backs the government's broad approach, but calls for DECC to consider extra, complementary ways of meeting our future energy needs than simply building new gas power stations.

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