Publications in Economics & Social Policy

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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.

  • 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 With the report finding that as many as 68,000 people a year have their Jobseeker's Allowance withdrawn by mistake, we call for benefits to still be made available through a 'benefit card' for first time offenders to prevent unnecessary hardship.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.

  • 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.

  • 27 November 2013 | Money for Nothing: Rules to secure the UK’s fiscal solvency

    By Ed Holmes

  • Money for Nothing argues that new fiscal rules should bind future governments to a spending envelope based on reducing the UK’s debt-GDP ratio to a sustainable level. The report highlights the scale of the challenge and argues that strict penalties must be put in place to ensure that politicians stay within the rules, including automatic nominal freezes to public sector pay, the state pension and benefit payments.

  • 14 October 2013 | Financing Small and Growing Firms

    By James Barty, Guy Miscampbell

  • Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are a vital part of the UK’s economy. In March and June 2013 Policy Exchange held two events to discuss access to finance for SMEs. This document summarises the points made at those events. The picture painted was of a complex and mismatched set of needs, incentives, and policies.

  • 11 October 2013 | Public and Private Sector Pay: 2013 update

    By Matthew Oakley

  • Public sector workers in the North East, Merseyside and South West of England earn as much as £3,200 more than their equivalents in the private sector. The variation in pay has arisen because of the system of national pay bargaining, which means that workers are paid the same amount regardless of where they live. The paper recommends abolishing national pay deals and moving to a system which can reflect local labour markets and reward performance.

  • 27 September 2013 | Work Fair?

    By Ed Holmes

  • New polling conducted for Policy Exchange has found strong public support by a margin of nearly 5 to 1 for the introduction of workfare schemes. While the report warns against rolling out workfare for large numbers of benefit claimants as too costly and potentially detrimental to some, it does argue that the government should pilot workfare schemes for specific groups of jobseekers.

  • 11 September 2013 | Cultures of Dependency: Fact, fiction, solutions

    By Matthew Tinsley

  • Cultures of Dependency says that in the future employment support must better understand the pressures that families, social networks and communities put on unemployed people. Devolving power and money would allow individual Jobcentres to pilot new innovative ways of delivering local personalised support to help people find a job. Support could also be targeted at whole families, peer groups or estates in order to tackle serious barriers to work like a poor work ethic or family problems.

  • 25 June 2013 | Capping Welfare

    By Matthew Oakley

  • Capping Welfare argues that post 2015, cutting Winter Fuel Payments or TV licences for pensioners is ‘simply tinkering around the edges’. Cuts to these pensioner perks would save at most £3 billion even if there were completely removed. In contrast, the State pension costs are set to rise by some £40 billion in today’s terms the next 50 years. This would mean younger generations saddled with enormous financial burdens.

  • 24 June 2013 | Route2Work: Employment support for the very-hardest-to-help

    By Ed Holmes, Matthew Oakley

  • The Work Programme is not doing enough to help those furthest away from the labour market. Route2Work says that paying private and voluntary providers to help people back into work is a sensible approach to reducing unemployment. However, there needs to be a new complementary scheme that encourages and rewards charities, social enterprises and small-scale providers to help the most vulnerable people.