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11 April 2014 | Board Rules: Improving corporate governance

By Emily Redding

  • Board Rules: Improving corporate governance, reveals that the solutions proposed and enacted by the government to drive up the standards of corporate governance among UK companies amount to little more than, “a damp squib”. The report recommends that investor representatives should be appointed to board nomination committees and that CEOs should be banned from such bodies.

  • 27 March 2014 | Taxing Jobs: Practical policies for a pay recovery

    By Matthew Tinsley
    Edited by Ruth Porter

  • Taxing Jobs argues that because pay and productivity have remained strongly linked over the course of the recession, wages will begin to rise and productivity will improve as employers take on more staff. Providing a boost to the labour market in the form of a cut to the payroll tax for businesses would speed up the rate at which companies take on more staff. This would reduce unemployment more quickly and force employers to improve productivity and therefore pay among their workforces.

  • 17 March 2014 | Watching the Watchmen: The future of school inspections in England

    By Harriet Waldegrave, Jonathan Simons

  • Watching the Watchmen calls for a fundamental change in the power relationship between schools and Ofsted. It calls for lesson observations to be ditched, for Ofsted to consider abolishing or radically reducing the number of inspectors contracted to private companies and for inspectors to have relevant and recent teaching experience. It also proposes a new two-stage inspection process that will allow more resources to be focused on struggling schools.

  • 03 March 2014 | Smarter Sanctions: Sorting out the system

    By Guy Miscampbell

  • Smarter Sanctions sets out a more compassionate, but stricter, regime for those breaching their welfare conditions. With the report finding that as many as 68,000 people a year have their Jobseeker's Allowance withdrawn by mistake, we call for benefits to still be made available through a 'benefit card' for first time offenders to prevent unnecessary hardship. The report also calls for more stringent penalties for people who are consistently breaking the terms of their job search requirements.

  • 21 February 2014 | Future Courts: A new vision for summary justice

    By Ruth Davis, Charlotte McLeod, Max Chambers

  • Future Courts calls for magistrates to dispense justice inside police stations at peak times – including evenings and weekends – and be put in charge of the administration of out-of-court disposals, as part of a radical drive to speed up the operation of the criminal justice system.

  • 22 January 2014 | Help to Save: Defusing the pensions time bomb

    By James Barty

  • 11 million people are at risk of entering ‘pensioner poverty’ when they retire. With the average pension pot standing at £36,800 a person will need to save six and a half times more to reach the £240,000 required to generate the government’s recommended retirement income of £16,200. Help to Save calls for government to make it obligatory for people to save for their retirement by removing the opt-out in the existing auto-enrolment scheme while also increasing individual contributions to pensions as their incomes rise over time.

  • 17 January 2014 | Parenting Alone: Work and welfare in single parent households

    By Matthew Tinsley

  • Parenting Alone calls for more support to help lone parents with young children into work. The report finds although the number of lone parents working is higher than in the 1990s, 650,000 – or 1 in 3 – are still unemployed. It recommends more intensive support for lone parents when their youngest child is 3 or 4 and measures to stabilise the income of those moving from benefits into work or to higher paid work.

  • 03 January 2014 | Reversing the ‘Widget Effect’: The introduction of performance-related pay for all teachers in English schools

    Matthew Robb
    Edited by Jonathan Simons

  • Reversing the 'Widget Effect' welcomes the government’s introduction of performance pay in schools. The report shows that performance-related pay has been implemented in other countries without adverse effects for teachers or students, and finds that overwhelmingly teachers want to be paid based on the quality of their teaching. The report stresses that the system implemented must be fair and transparent in order to succeed, and sets out what a well-designed system would look like.

  • 17 December 2013 | Cleaning up road transport in London: The next steps to improve the capital’s air quality

    Edited by Simon Moore

  • On 21st November 2013, Policy Exchange held a roundtable discussion on ways to improve the emissions performance of London’s road transport, and how local and national government policy can develop to reduce pollution and improve public health. This publication is a summary of the remarks made at that event.

  • 16 December 2013 | Going, Going, Gone: The role of auctions and competition in renewable electricity support

    By Simon Moore
    Edited by Guy Newey

  • This report calls for plans to introduce auctioning to enable all technologies to compete on a level playing field should be brought forward. It points to Brazil, where prices for onshore wind have dropped to world record lows since auctioning was introduced. If the UK can achieve a even a fraction of the results from Brazil, it would allow much greater decarbonisation for the available budget.