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The boardroom debate needs to move beyond gender

The boardroom debate needs to move beyond gender

Emily Redding, Financial Policy Research Fellow at Policy Exchange, outlines the main arguments in her report, Board Rules: Improving Corporate Governance. Emily argues that the focus on making boards more gender representative has skewed the debate away from how we can get more people with a diversity of appropriate skills and experience onto boards.

What’s wrong with care.data?

What’s wrong with care.data?

Eddie Copeland, Policy Exchange’s Head of Digital Government, diagnoses the problems with care.data, the government’s attempt to combine GP and hospital records in a new central database. Eddie argues that the initiative is failing to make clear its benefits to individuals and suffers from a lack of trust.

The Year of Code may have got off to a bumpy start but the new focus on computer skills is both very welcome and essential

The Year of Code may have got off to a bumpy start but the new focus on computer skills is both very welcome and essential

With 2014 being the government’s ‘Year of Code’ Sarah Fink, Policy Exchange’s Digital Government Research Fellow, looks at the steps being taken by the government to improve computer science teaching in schools. Sarah welcome the new emphasis on computer science teaching, but emphasises the need for the curriculum to keep pace with the rate of technological change and for the curriculum to be about more than just programming.

It should be compulsory for people to save for later life, if we’re to defuse the pensions timebomb

It should be compulsory for people to save for later life, if we’re to defuse the pensions timebomb

James Barty, Policy Exchange’s Senior Consultant for Financial Policy, sets out his new report Help to Save. The report highlights the pensions time bomb the UK has found itself holding, with the average pension pot less than a sixth of what it needs to be. James calls for overall pension contributions to rise from 8% to 12%, government-issued annuity type bonds and removing the ability to opt out of auto-enrolment pensions.

The real story on small business lending isn’t restricted to RBS alone

The real story on small business lending isn’t restricted to RBS alone

James Barty, Policy Exchange’s Senior Consultant for Financial Policy, criticises policymakers for being dishonest when they urges banks to lend more whilst at the same time insisting that they become safer. James argues that banks’ capital ratios need to be relaxed in order to boost lending to SMEs, a case he made in Policy Exchange’s report Capital Requirements.

Government must incentivise us to save more

Government must incentivise us to save more

James Barty, Head of Financial Policy at Policy Exchange urges the Government to ensure that Britain saves more for the future to encourage higher investment. He also argues that China saves four times more than the UK, with high investment and a trade surplus.

UK tech start-ups are doing well. Let’s now look towards helping them become big businesses

UK tech start-ups are doing well. Let’s now look towards helping them become big businesses

Eddie Copeland, Policy Exchange’s Head of Digital Government, praises David Cameron for using his speech at the Lord Mayor’s Banquet to reiterate the need to support UK start-ups. Eddie sets out a series of policies that government (relaxing visa requirements for skilled migrants and capital gains tax rollover relief for shares) and the private sector (entrepreneurial sabbaticals) can implement in order to boost the UK start-up scene.

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