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Jonathan Simons, Policy Exchange’s Head of Education, examines three questions raised by the recent debate on the new format school league tables: does it matter if well known public schools reside at the bottom of the table; does it matter if we can’t truly compare 2013 and 2014 results; and does it matter if league tables only give a partial picture of performance?
Steve Hughes, Policy Exchange’s Head of Economic & Social Policy, sets out how a Policy Exchange proposal to create ‘Bonus ISAs’ can help give savers more flexibility. By allowing unused portions of an ISA allowance to build up into a Bonus ISA, savers will be able to take advantage of greater tax-free savings capacity in years where they would fill their ISA allowance.
Chris Walker, Policy Exchange’s Head of Housing & Planning, sets out why housing associations are key to helpin solve the housing crisis. Already delivering nearly half the new homes being built each year – and almost all of the social homes – giving them a shot in the arm by enabling them to build more market homes would boost the number of homes being built each year.
Natasha Porter, Policy Exchange’s Deputy Head of Education, argues that linear A-levels allow for time to teach skills that are no longer examined, giving pupils the space to explore subject areas that they’re interested in.
Eddie Copeland, Head of Policy Exchange’s Technology Policy Unit, argues that, when it comes to Big Data, it’s not the technique that matters, nor the process, but the outcome. Eddie looks at the changes that government will need to make to take full advantage of Big Data and deliver tangible outcomes that really matter.
Richard Howard, Policy Exchange’s Head of Environment & Energy, sets out 6 key facts on fuel poverty from our new report Warmer Homes. Richard reveals that the UK’s housing is woefully inefficient compared to our European neighbours, that the most inefficient households could have to pay £1700 a year to adequately heat their homes, and that 1.1m fuel poor households are actually in work.
The first week in the run-up to the 2015 general election has been spent by Labour and the Conservatives flinging tax and spending accusations at one another. Jonathan Dupont, Policy Exchange’s Economics & Social Policy Research Fellow, looks at what has been said, and what this reveals about the parties’ spending plans.
Eddie Copeland, Head of Policy Exchange’s Technology Policy Unit, explores how smarter use of technology and data could help public sector organisations deliver front-line services in the face of further funding cuts after the next election. Eddie sets out how, though the main three political parties are all taking greater interest in digitally-enabled reform, digital government remains a niche interest.
Thomas Cawston, Policy Exchange’s Head of Health, examines what he believes could be one of the Coalition’s most important health reforms – the ability for GP practices to register patients outside their practice boundary area. Thomas argues that patients’ ability to choose their GP practice will drive up standards in the service under which nine out of ten interactions with the NHS occur.
Eddie Copeland, Policy Exchange’s Head of Technology Policy sets out how the need for greater efficiency and to “catch up” with public expectations of service has seen a sharp rise in interest in using technology to transform the public sector. Eddie reviews where each of the political parties stand on digital government, and argues that whatever the shape of the next government, technology offers a genuine means to deliver more and better with less.