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Funding for Lending isn’t working: Why the Bank is missing the point

Funding for Lending isn’t working: Why the Bank is missing the point

James Barty, Policy Exchange’s Senior Consultant for Financial Policy, sets out why the Funding for Lending Scheme is not working, making the argument from his report Capital Requirements that high capital requirements are preventing banks from lending to small businesses. James says the Bank of England must promote credit growth and revert to buying corporate debt directly from the banks.

How can we really tackle the housing crisis?

How can we really tackle the housing crisis?

Alex Morton, Policy Exchange’s Head of Housing, Planning & Urban Policy, sets out ways the government can tackle the UK’s housing crisis, including reforming the planning system and ensuring councils who fail to meet their own housing targets release land to local people who want to build their own home.

How to build better homes – for both younger and older people

How to build better homes – for both younger and older people

Alex Morton, Policy Exchange’s Head of Housing, Planning & Urban Policy, sets out recommendations from his reportHousing and Intergenerational Fairness, calling for the planning system to undergo reforms to encourage developers to build more homes, including bungalows attractive to older people looking to downsize. This would free up family sized homes to younger families looking to settle somewhere bigger and help reduce the generational divide.

Worse-off areas need private sector growth and jobs

Worse-off areas need private sector growth and jobs

Matthew Oakley, Policy Exchange’s Head of Economics & Social Policy, responds in a letter to The Financial Times to a recent article in the paper on the impact of April’s changes to welfare which showed Northern cities being most affected by the cuts. Matthew pointed out that areas with the highest unemployment will naturally see higher benefit cuts, and stressed that what worse-off areas really need is private sector jobs and growth.

Jobcentre Plus has become a revolving door

Jobcentre Plus has become a revolving door

Policy Exchange’s Ed Holmes, Senior Research Fellow for Economics & Social Policy, and Matthew Oakley, Head of Economics & Social Policy, set out why Jobcentre Plus needs to undergo serious reforms. They argue that currently only half of claimants leaving jobseeker’s allowance are still in work eight months later, stressing that Jobcentre Plus does not go far enough in getting people into long-term employment.

It’s still too early to judge new Police Commissioners

It’s still too early to judge new Police Commissioners

Max Chambers, Head of Crime & Justice at Policy Exchange, sets out why it is too early to judge Police and Crime Commissioners. He argues that the recent criticisms of PCCs following the twitter scandal with Kent’s Youth Commissioner Paris Brown reveals nothing about what PCCs have achieved so far in their short four months in office.

Why I’m moving on – to help meet the Conservatives’ northern challenge

Why I’m moving on – to help meet the Conservatives’ northern challenge

David Skelton, Policy Exchange’s outgoing Deputy Director, sets out his plan to set up a new group to broaden the appeal of the Conservative Party. David highlights his plans to reach out to voters in the North and in urban areas, noting the influence of Policy Exchange’s key report Northern Lights on the challenges facing all political parties.

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