Economic & Social Policy Research Fellow
Damian Hind is a Research Fellow in the Economics and Social Policy Unit. Before joining Policy Exchange, Damian worked as a Strategy Adviser in the Minister for the Cabinet Office’s Policy Unit, overseeing the implementation of priority projects, and helping to set direction for the efficiency and reform agenda. While in Government he also worked on an innovative, multi-million pound, energy procurement project. Prior to this he worked as a parliamentary researcher for Andrew Tyrie MP, Chairman of the Treasury Select Committee. Damian read Politics at the University of Nottingham, and has an MA in Legal and Political Theory from University College London.
The Financial Times covers Whitehall Rules!, Policy Exchange's new report looking at how to improve pay and performance in the Civil Service. The report shows that the cost of government contractors has ballooned to £1bn in 2014/15, money that could be better spent on hiring talented new permanent staff.
Delivering Differently argues that as many as one third (25,000) of London-based civil servants should be relocated to city regions and local authorities to boost productivity and innovation in public services.
Whitehall Rules! shows how the Government could save £1 billion over the next four years by cutting the amount it currently spends on contractors by just 25%. In 2014/15, Government departments spent £1.01 billion on external contractors, up from £610 million in 2011/12.
On the Move shows how making it easier for people – especially those on low incomes – to commute just a little bit further each day can put them in touch of thousands of extra potential jobs. Proposals from the report for doing so include tax benefits for ride-sharing schemes, introducing part-time rail tickets and devolution rail franchising and commercial bus subsidy.
Lessons from New Zealand for the UK’s post-Brexit Trade Strategy New Zealand was once Britain’s Farm on the other side of the world. In the 1950s the UK bought almost all of New Zealand’s agricultural exports. Somewhat ironically, it was our decision to enter the European Economic Community (EEC) in the 1973 that forced New Zealand to embrace free trade, opening up to other export markets and developing […]
Damian Hind, Policy Exchange Economic and Social Policy Research Fellow, examines the campaign promises of the new President-Elect, and the potential trade agenda they may inform
Policy Exchange Economic and Social Policy Research Fellow, Damian Hind, looks to a recent American study to cast light on the opportunities and challenges of Free Trade Agreements
Jonathan Dupont and Damian Hind, Policy Exchange's Economic & Social Policy Research Fellows, explore the benefits and drawbacks of the Budget in the UK.
Damian Hind, Policy Exchange's Economics & Social Policy Research Fellow, examines the ONS's newly released Travel to Work Area data, highlighting the success of Cambridge and Manchester's labour markets.
Damian Hind, an Economic and Social Policy Research Fellow at Policy Exchange, explains the case in favour of a more mobile workforce, as originally detailed in our recent report On the Move.