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Local control is key to quality

Local control is key to quality

Alex Morton, Policy Exchange’s Head of Housing & Planning, argues that central planning guidance is responsible for the poor aesthetic quality of new housing, which is in turn negatively impacting the desire for new, local, development. By giving local people control over the quality of new housing, Alex believes that we will see opposition to new homes fall away.

How to stop the long-term unemployed from falling out of the labour market

How to stop the long-term unemployed from falling out of the labour market

Ed Holmes, Policy Exchange’s Senior Research Fellow for Economics & Social Policy, argues that providing more targeted support for jobseekers and preventing those most vulnerable from being ‘parked’ in jobcentres, is crucial to prevent the long-term unemployed leaving the labour market altogether. He also sets out Policy Exchange proposals for a payment by results scheme separate to the Work Programme to help smaller and more specialist providers of employment support into the market.

Nick Clegg’s Alternative Speech

Nick Clegg’s Alternative Speech

Jonathan Simons, Head of Education at Policy Exchange imagines what Nick Clegg should have said in his speech on education today. Jonathan examines the progress on education the Lib Dems have made in Coalition and finds that they have a strong story to tell.

Lessons from Al-Madinah – What we can and can’t learn

Lessons from Al-Madinah – What we can and can’t learn

Following Ofsted’s investigation into the Derby free school Al Madinah, Jonathan Simons, Policy Exchange’s Head of Education argues that while there are wider lessons to learn from this failure, particularly in implementation, it cannot be used to condemn the principle of the free school programme.

How the Government can boost housing between now and 2015

How the Government can boost housing between now and 2015

Alex Morton, Policy Exchange’s Head of Housing & Planning, sets out a range of ways the government could start providing more homes, including: helping people to self-build, ending expensive social tenancies, ending expensive social tenancies, trying to treat those near new homes fairly, creating new powers to help quality and ensuring Help-to-Buy has an exit strategy.

A new Labour position on free schools

A new Labour position on free schools

Jonathan Simons, Policy Exchange’s Head of Education, examines new shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt’s policy on free schools. Jonathan praises Hunt’s approach, which is supportive, but notes three key details to watch for: how Labour define the “areas of need” they want new schools to operate in, planning issues for new schools and whether or not free schools will retain their preferred status when a local authority is seeking a new school.

To spread growth and jobs across the country, we must adopt local pay bargaining

To spread growth and jobs across the country, we must adopt local pay bargaining

Following the publication of our latest research note Public and Private Sector Pay: 2013 Update which examines the regional differences in public and private sector pay, Ed Holmes, Senior Economics & Social Policy Research Fellow, writes that reforming public sector pay will boost employment and generate growth in the regions that need it most.

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