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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.

The public is more than ready to see benefits made fair

The public is more than ready to see benefits made fair

Policy Exchange Director Neil O’Brien calls for the re-establishment of the contributory principle in the welfare system. He praises the government for strengthening jobsearch requirements but says that more needs to be done to target those furthest away from the labour market and tailor support towards their specific needs.

Why we should change the child poverty target

Why we should change the child poverty target

Policy Exchange Director Neil O’Brien shows why we should change the Child Poverty Target – which currently only measures inequality rather than actual poverty – to one which measures a range of indicators including unemployment and education.

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