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Davies’ project about more than runways

Davies’ project about more than runways

Simon Moore, Policy Exchange’s Senior Research Fellow for Environment & Energy, argues that it is not enough for the Airports Commission interim recommendations due tomorrow to focus simply increase airport capacity, but they must actively tackle noise, air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions as well.

12 reasons why the NAO’s report is a boost for free schools

12 reasons why the NAO’s report is a boost for free schools

Following the publication of the National Audit Office’s report on Free Schools, Jonathan Simons, Head of Education at Policy Exchange, argues that much of the coverage of the report has been ideologically motivated and ignored the general tone of the report. In response, Jonathan highlights 12 positive findings from the report.

Why no more Bluewaters, Eric?

Why no more Bluewaters, Eric?

Policy Exchange Director of Communications Nick Faith writes arguing that the best way to support the high street is not to discriminate against out of town malls. He makes the case from our report 21st Century Retail Policy that radical action is required to help high streets, including replacing poor performing councils with a management team of retail experts tasked with reinvigorating ailing high streets and allowing empty shops to be converted more easily into housing.

Osborne’s Autumn Statement was a nod to the north

Osborne’s Autumn Statement was a nod to the north

Nick Faith, Director of Communications at Policy Exchange writes that the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement was littered with references to Northern towns and examines just how these areas will benefit from the Coalition’s policies and what this could mean for Tory prospects in the next election.

A clear message and signs of green shoots

A clear message and signs of green shoots

Nick Faith, Director of Communications at Policy Exchange, gives his view on the Autumn Statement as part of a Conservative Home panel. Nick found this to be a budget showing signs of economic recovery, but with a clear message that the Conservatives are the party to get Britain back in the black.

Autumn Statement 2013: why we need a freeze on business rates

Autumn Statement 2013: why we need a freeze on business rates

Ahead of the Autumn Statement, Alex Morton, Head of Housing and Planning at Policy Exchange, calls for a freeze on business rates to help our ailing high streets. Alex shows that average bills are now £14,000, which is driving many small firms out of business and acting as a barrier to start-ups.

PISA 2013 and English Schools – First impressions

PISA 2013 and English Schools – First impressions

Jonathan Simons, Head of Education at Policy Exchange responds to the publication of the PISA 2013 figures which compare literacy and numeracy for 15 year-olds across the OECD. Jonathan argues that there is much to learn from other countries, including those that use performance-related-pay to drive up standards.

Government should cease requiring water companies to be vertically integrated

Government should cease requiring water companies to be vertically integrated

The Water Bill, which goes to committee stage this week, has cross-party support for a welcome opening up of the water retail services market. But, argues Simon Less, the Government needs to listen to water companies, the regulator and the EFRA select committee, who, in a rare alliance, are calling for incumbent water companies to be allowed to exit the retail services market. This would help unlock the benefits from competition, scale economies and specialisation.

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