Head of Economics & Social Policy, 2011-2013
Matthew now works at Which?, heading up their economic analysis unit. Matthew was Policy Exchange’s Head of Economics & Social Policy from 2011 to 2013, focusing on welfare reform, growth and the UK economy, public sector reform and financial policy. His recent publications include an assessment of the public sector pay premium across the wage distribution; reports outlining the next steps for tackling unemployment and benefit dependency; and a report outlining areas where Government must focus to boost growth in the long-term.
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by Matthew Oakley | Oct 11, 2013Read Publication 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. Analysis of the most recent Labour Force Survey data (January-March 2013) reveals that there is...
by Matthew Oakley | Jun 25, 2013Read Publication 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,...
by Matthew Oakley | Jun 24, 2013Read Publication The Work Programme is not doing enough to help those furthest away from the labour market.Route2Work: Employment support for the very-hardest-to-help, says that paying private and voluntary providers to help people back into work is a sensible...
by Matthew Oakley | Mar 25, 2013Read Publication Changes need to be made to the government’s flagship welfare policy in order to ensure less people in work are reliant on the state to top up their wages. At the moment there are 1.3 million workers who rely on benefits, in the form of Working Tax...
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