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Head to Head: Local pay, Local Growth

Head to Head: Local pay, Local Growth

Ed Holmes, Senior Research Fellow for Economics & Welfare at Policy Exchange, argues that rebalancing public sector pay and pensions so that they are in line with that of equivalent workers in the private sector would save £6.3 billion a year in public spending.

A third runway? Yes, and a fourth too, please

A third runway? Yes, and a fourth too, please

Tim Leunig, Chief Economist at Centre Forum and author of Policy Exchange’s recent report Bigger and Quieter, sets out the case for building four new runways to the west of Heathrow, doubling the airport’s current aviation capacity. He also lays out ways in which the airport layout can be changed to make the experience far more convenient.

Growth and locally-facing public sector pay

Growth and locally-facing public sector pay

Ed Holmes, Senior Research Fellow for Economics & Welfare at Policy Exchange, argues that setting public sector salaries locally could mean thousands of private sector jobs could be created in areas where employment is high, as set out in recent Policy Exchange report, Local Pay, Local Growth.

Freezing working age benefits is a short term solution

Freezing working age benefits is a short term solution

Matthew Oakley, Head of Economics & Social Policy at Policy Exchange, argues that the government’s plans to freeze working-age benefits is not a long-term solution. Matthew suggests that further government cuts should focus on bad expenditure or on where reforms could increase employment.

Let us face down the enemies of social reform

Let us face down the enemies of social reform

Writing in the Telegraph, Sean Worth, Head of Policy Exchange’s Better Public Services Project, argues that the Government must urgently reform public services as set out in report Do the Public Back More Reform of Public Services?In particular, he stresses that families should be able to choose the best free public services from the most reliable providers, whether government-run or privately run.

If We Want Growth, We Can’t Give Up On Public Sector Pay Reform

If We Want Growth, We Can’t Give Up On Public Sector Pay Reform

Ed Holmes, Senior Research Fellow for Economics & Social Policy at Policy Exchange, sets out the arguments in favour of dismantling national pay bargaining as set out in Local Pay, Local Growth. In particular, he stresses the report’s recommendation that money saved through pay reform be reinvested in local job creation and infrastructure projects.

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