Ed Holmes

Senior Research Fellow for Economics & Social Policy, 2009-2013


Ed Holmes is a Senior Research Fellow in the Economics & Social Policy Unit and works on economic and social policy; primarily public spending, taxation policy, welfare reform and fiscal consolidation.Ed read History at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge concentrating on global financial regulation and management at the Judge Business School where he studied systemic risk and business economics.Prior to joining Policy Exchange, Ed worked for a public affairs company and in Parliament.

Ed Holmes

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Jobcentre Plus has become a revolving door

Jobcentre Plus has become a revolving door

Over the last four years, the UK has experienced the slowest rate of economic recovery outside the aftermath of major wars since the 1830s. This sluggish growth makes it vital that the unemployed are given the best possible employment support to assist them back into...
Work in progress

Work in progress

It is clear the Work Programme is not perfect (Job hunt firms ‘gaming’ system, study claims, 19 February). Claimants are still treated in groups based on the primary benefit they are claiming, meaning Work Programme providers are paid too much for a...
The Work Programme – progress but still lots to do

The Work Programme – progress but still lots to do

Today’s announcement that the Work Programme – the Government’s flagship support programme for the long-term unemployed – will undoubtedly produce some bad headlines. Stories of failure often get more attention than success, and the soundbite ‘the Work Programme isn’t...
Head to Head: Local pay, Local Growth

Head to Head: Local pay, Local Growth

Recent months have seen a growth in calls for an end to national pay bargaining in the public sector. Ed Holmes of Policy Exchange argues that more localised pay would help re-balance the economy, reduce the deficit and spur local jobs growth. There are lots of myths...
Growth and locally-facing public sector pay

Growth and locally-facing public sector pay

George Osborne’s efforts to make pay in the public sector more locally-facing are in difficulties. From Conservative MPs fearing their constituencies would lose out in terms of public spending to trade unions vigorously contesting any reform effecting national pay...