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When is a government bank not a government bank?

When is a government bank not a government bank?

Richard Howard, Policy Exchange’s Head of Environment & Energy, comments on the government’s announcement that it wishes to part-privatise the Green Investment Bank. Whilst such a move may make things easier for the Bank, Richard questions whether the Bank would not just become the same as any other commercial bank, in which case why retain a stake at all?

The Conservatives must become the party for the ‘just about managing’ class

The Conservatives must become the party for the ‘just about managing’ class

James Frayne, Policy Exchange’s Director of Policy and Strategy, sets out the findings from Overlooked But Decisive, our new report profiling C1 and C2 voters. Such voters values above all else family and fairness. This means these voters want an active, practical approach from Government that helps improve their everyday lives. But they also want to see the Government create a fairer system where hard work and playing by the rules is rewarded and the opposite punished.

Nick Faith: Osborne should announce this week that all taxpayers will gain RBS shares

Nick Faith: Osborne should announce this week that all taxpayers will gain RBS shares

Nick Faith, Policy Exchange’s Director of Communications, sets out the case for George Osborne announcing a mass distribution of RBS shares at his forthcoming Mansion House speech. Originally proposed in Privatising the Banks, the scheme would see the creation of a new generation of shareholders with an estimated 20 million taxpayers receiving shares worth £1,000.

Housing is key to a Conservative vision for working people

Housing is key to a Conservative vision for working people

Chris Walker, Head of Housing and Planning, discusses the merits of the Conservatives’ Right to Buy policy, explains that policies promoting home ownership should apply to people from all income brackets, and argues that the Right to Buy policy will increase the nation’s overall housing supply.

What is a coasting school?

What is a coasting school?

On the back of announcements by Nicky Morgan last weekend, Policy Exchange’s Head of Education Jonathan Simons considers which schools the government may be about to classify as coasting and in need of further attention.

What if public services could be more like Amazon’s?

What if public services could be more like Amazon’s?

In his latest blog, Eddie Copeland, Policy Exchange’s Head of Technology Policy, describes the advances government could make if it personalised public services in the way that Amazon, Tesco ClubCard and Google currently do. Eddie argues that if public services addressed the needs of the individual by joining up data across departments, there would be a significant benefit to citizens.

Priorities for the new BIS team

Priorities for the new BIS team

Jonathan Simons, Policy Exchange’s Head of Education, sets out the priorities facing the new BIS team. He lists higher education (including shifting fees and the future of international students), science, further education and skills as their top priorities.

Dear Energy Secretary, I’m afraid to tell you there is no money….

Dear Energy Secretary, I’m afraid to tell you there is no money….

Richard Howard, Head of Policy Exchange’s Environment and Energy unit, argues that the Department for Energy and Climate Change has underestimated the cost of energy policies with drastic consequences for future budgets. With reference to data from an upcoming Policy Exchange report, Richard shows that DECC needs to adapt rapidly to avoid being unable to fund future projects.

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