Publications in Economics & Social Policy

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15 October 2014 | Making Contributions Count: Reforms to create a social security system for the 21st Century

By Steve Hughes

  • Making Contributions Count proposes a new unemployment insurance scheme which will put personal contribution at the heart of the welfare system. The scheme would see people who have worked hard and paid their taxes able to draw from a contributory pot to provide a greater level of out of work support if they need it. Upon retirement, the contributions would be released as part of an individual's pension package, which could see people who worked all their lives receiving in excess of £10,000.

  • 10 October 2014 | Work 2.0: Helping the hardest to help: targeted assistance, incentives and the Work Programme

    By Ed Holmes

  • Work 2.0 provides a blueprint for how the Work Programme – the government’s flagship welfare-to-work policy – should be improved, including ideas on how to better assess jobseeker needs, how to integrate the Programme into the structures of Universal Credit, and how to better recognise local labour market conditions.

  • 21 July 2014 | Joined Up Welfare: The next steps for personalisation

    By Guy Miscampbell
    Edited by Ruth Porter

  • Joined Up Welfare shows that the UK's system for helping people into work is in urgent need of reform and proposes a radical new structure centred around the specific needs of the individual. A new system would enable private companies and charities to compete with government providers to offer more personalised and specialist support to jobseekers.

  • 24 June 2014 | The Global Economy: Prospects for growth and assessing the UK’s position

  • By 2050, global output is projected to treble, with two-thirds of growth coming from emerging economies. The developed world will have to change radically if it is to adapt to this new environment successfully. To realise the opportunities of the next four decades successfully – for the developing world to adapt to dramatic social and economic changes, and for the developed world to face its structural, fiscal and demographic challenges and ‘pay its way’ in the years ahead, it is vital that these long-term issues are addressed.

  • 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 Guy Miscampbell, James Barty

  • 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.

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