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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.
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.
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.
Thomas Tugendhart, author of our latest report The Fog of Law and former Military Assistant to the Chief of Defence Staff, argues that mounting legal challenges against the Ministry of Defence will mean commanders will need to worry not only about what the enemy are thinking, but also what a judge in the future will think.
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.
Ed Holmes, Senior Research Fellow in Policy Exchange’s Economic and Social Policy Unit, writes that although public sector pay is falling, the public sector still enjoys a 6.1% premium over the public sector. To redress the balance, Ed calls for the abolition of national pay deals and for a more flexible system which more accurately reflects local needs.
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.
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.
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.
Charlotte McLeod, Crime & Justice Research Fellow at Policy Exchange urges the piloting of ‘drunk tanks’ to tackle problematic drinking culture which costs in excess of £2.7bn every year and to help free up time, money and resources from our already hard-pressed NHS and police forces.