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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.

Foster Care Reforms Needed Alongside Focus On Adoption

Foster Care Reforms Needed Alongside Focus On Adoption

Head of Economics & Social Policy Matthew Oakley sets out the reforms recommended for the foster care system in Policy Exchange report Fostering Aspirations, including boosting the number of carers, ensuring local authorities make better use of private and third sector providers and having the Secretary of State be more proactive where local authorities are failing.

Benefits: the disabled and deserving?

Benefits: the disabled and deserving?

Policy Exchange Director Neil O’Brien makes the case for a carefully thought out reform of disability benefits. Neil stresses the importance of getting the tone of the reforms right in order to prevent those claiming DLA being seen as “spongers”.

Why the Conservatives need to resolve our housing problem

Why the Conservatives need to resolve our housing problem

Policy Exchange’s Director of Communications Nick Faith cites findings from report Northern Lights which show that those who do not own their own home are far less likely to vote Conservative than those who do. He argues that coupled with the current housing crisis and fewer and fewer people able to afford to get on the property ladder, this could cause electoral problems for the Tories.

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