Matthew Oakley

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.

Matthew Oakley

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Zero-hours contracts are a vital path to working

Zero-hours contracts are a vital path to working

Labour MP Tom Watson has tweeted that zero-hours contracts should be outlawed. His party will be hosting a “summit” on the issue in the autumn. Labour clearly views zero hours as a way of showcasing how Government austerity policies have widened the divide between...
Universal Credit: Good Start, More Needs to be Done

Universal Credit: Good Start, More Needs to be Done

The 29 April 2013 marks the day that Britain’s new benefit, the Universal Credit, begins its slow process of piloting and roll out. Commentators who support the changes will focus on the simplification of the welfare system and improvement in work incentives...
Worse-off areas need private sector growth and jobs

Worse-off areas need private sector growth and jobs

Sir, Naturally, areas with the highest unemployment levels and reliance on the state will see higher benefit cuts as a result of the welfare reforms currently being implemented (“Prosperity gap widens as welfare cuts hit north hard”, April 11). But the approach of...