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Policy Exchange Director of Communications Nick Faith sets out how we can build a better system for benefits sanctions. Highlighting recommendations from our recent report Smarter Sanctions, Nick shows how a benefits card for people breaching benefits conditions for the first time would help provide a safety net for the 68,000 people a year who are found to have had their benefits withdrawn unfairly.
Charlotte McLeod, Policy Exchange’s Crime & Justice Research Fellow, highlights the problems with the criminal justice system’s approach to domestic violence. Charlotte argues that we need to find alternative, more proactive ways of tackling domestic violence and improving the confidence for victims that their abusers will be convicted. Ultimately, however, she argues that we must also see society change its attitude and shift the blame and responsibility from victims to perpetrators
Guy Miscampbell, Policy Exchange Economics & Social Policy Research Fellow, sets out the findings from his report Smarter Sanctions. The report finds that 68,000 people a year have their benefits taken away unfairly. Guy sets out how we can build a more compassionate, yet stricter, sanctions system that will provide a safety net for those whose benefits are withdrawn unfairly, better engage first time offenders and be tougher with those who persistently breaches the conditions of their benefits.
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.
Max Chambers, Policy Exchange’s Head of Crime & Justice, sets out what improvements need to be made to the justice system in order to actually change criminals’ behaviour. The system would be need to be faster, so that the connection between offence and punishment is not lost over time, punishment would be more certain through greater detection of crime, and more problem-solving techniques would be incorporated.
Condemnation of the UK welfare system in its treatment of the poor. Ruth argues that the state of the economy dictates our ability to help those in need and she refers to Policy Exchange’s upcoming report on sanctions and the role they play in encouraging people to find work.
Nick Faith, Policy Exchange’s Director of Communications, sets out how the Conservatives a coalition of voters that will allow them to win elections in the long-term. Nick makes the case from our report Northern Lights that the Conservatives must reach out to the working classes by selecting more northern and working class candidates and focus on building up local networks in marginal seats.
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.
Charlotte McLeod, Policy Exchange’s Crime & Justice Research Fellow, highlights the shameful failure of the UK government to properly tackle female genital mutilation, despite the practice being outlawed 30 years ago. Charlotte sets out five ways in which the government can do more to eliminate the practice.
Jonathan Simons, Policy Exchange’s Head of Education, analyses Michael Gove’s recent speech in which he said that he wanted to “break down the Berlin wall between state schools and independent schools.” Jonathan argues that Gove was making the point that many state schools show what amazing things can be done with less money and a more diverse intake.