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What would Orris say about the UK energy market?

What would Orris say about the UK energy market?

Guy Newey, Policy Exchange’s Head of Environment & Energy, notes that – despite Ed Miliband’s recent attempts to cast himself as a monopoly-busting Teddy Roosevelt character – the UK energy market is more competitive than it has ever been (albeit, still dominated by a few big suppliers).

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.

Ditch renewables targets if you care about climate change

Ditch renewables targets if you care about climate change

Simon Moore, Policy Exchange’s Senior Research Fellow for Environment & Energy, argues that the renewable energy target has been a disaster. Simon argues that instead a more ambitious European carbon target, feeding in to a more ambitious Emissions Trading System cap, will be a far more effective way of combating climate change.

New Houses vs. Newts

New Houses vs. Newts

Katherine Drayson, Policy Exchange’s Environment & Energy Research Fellow, writes highlighting the delicate balance between allowing new development and protecting local biodiversity. With the DCLG looking to raise the threshold at which a development would require an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), Katherine highlights the lack of planning data in this area and makes the case from Policy Exchange report Nurturing Nature for a public registry of all EIA planning applications.

Getting ourselves interconnected

Getting ourselves interconnected

Policy Exchange’s Senior Environment & Energy Research Fellow, Simon Moore, sets out the benefits of greater interconnectivity with other countries’ electricity markets. Such benefits include helping to manage fluctuation from weather-dependent energy sources, alleviating security of supply concerns and the potential to enable new market participants and cross-border competition.

It’s the economy, stupid. And Ed Miliband knows it

It’s the economy, stupid. And Ed Miliband knows it

The cost of living and economic credibility will be the defining issues of the next general election, writes Ruth Porter, Policy Exchange’s Head of Economics & Social Policy. Ruth argues that a recasting of the free market is going to be necessary to tackle the challenges presented by the state of the UK economy, something which Policy Exchange will explore in our future Popular Capitalism programme.

A Licence to Teach

A Licence to Teach

Jonathan Simons, Policy Exchange’s Head of Education, writes advocating a ‘licence to teach’, an external mark of professional quality, indicating an ongoing commitment to professional development and mastery of practice.

Drug Courts work in America – and can work here

Drug Courts work in America – and can work here

Policy Exchange’s Head of Crime & Justice Max Chambers makes the case for the introduction of drugs courts in the UK. These courts would offer people the treatment they need, but demand more of them in return, with judges given a flexible range of available incentives and sanctions to deploy. Max shows how in the US, such courts have saved $3 in avoided criminal justice costs for every $1 spent, rising to $26 in wider societal savings.

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