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Break up Whitehall and globalise our public services: the new austerity state

Break up Whitehall and globalise our public services: the new austerity state

Sean Worth, Head of Policy Exchange’s Better Public Service Project, argues that the UK has a huge opportunity to bring in more money and improve public services by commercialising them abroad. By selling their brands and expertise as franchises abroad, they can be tasked with making cash to reinvest back home. He calls for the government to create overseas trade missions based explicitly on public service delivery and showcase our best providers to the world.

Reforming reform with payment by results

Reforming reform with payment by results

Max Chambers, Head of Crime and Justice at Policy Exchange, argues that the UK’s penal system is in danger of failing the hardest-to-help. Payment-by-results, he argues, will provide a potentially revolutionary powerful commercial incentive for providers to innovate and effect some badly needed cultural changes within the probation system.

The Work Programme is working – but for the hardest to help unemployed, we need to look elsewhere

The Work Programme is working – but for the hardest to help unemployed, we need to look elsewhere

Ed Holmes, Policy Exchange’s Senior Research Fellow for Economics & Social Policy, sets out our proposed new ‘Route2Work’ scheme from our report of the same name. The report sets out how we can help get the very hardest to help back into work by giving upfront funding to Route2Work providers based on the calculated amount of benefit their claimants would receive.

To win, Cameron must make a game-changing offer to the young middle-classes

To win, Cameron must make a game-changing offer to the young middle-classes

Max Chambers, Policy Exchange’s Head of Crime & Justice, writes calling for David Cameron to make a game-changing offer to the young middle classes if he wishes to secure election victory in 2015. Max argues that a sensible discussion needs to be had with the older generation to persuade them that it is in the interest of their grandchildren and generational fairness that they take less generous old age perks.

It’s time we stopped paying posh London hotel prices to lock up prisoners

It’s time we stopped paying posh London hotel prices to lock up prisoners

Max Chambers, Policy Exchange’s Head of Crime & Justice, writes exposing the myth that by nature of their size, large prisons are worse than smaller ones. Max argues that the key determinant of a prison’s performance is in fact age, and sets out the proposals from Future Prisons for replacing 30-35 old, run down prisons with 12 large, new ‘Hub Prisons’ geared towards reducing reoffending.

It’s time to privatise RBS and Lloyds

It’s time to privatise RBS and Lloyds

James Barty, Senior Consultant for Financial Policy at Policy Exchange, sets out the plans from his report Privatising the Banks for selling off RBS and Lloyds. After examining several options, James sets out a mass share distribution, coupled with sales to institutional and retail investors, as the best option.

This month’s Spending Review must pave the way for victory in 2015

This month’s Spending Review must pave the way for victory in 2015

Sean Worth, Head of Policy Exchange’s Better Public Services Project, suggests that the Chancellor focuses this month’s Spending Review on justifying his message for further cuts to tackle the deficit by showing the Government will embrace real public sector reform on issues such as breaking the monopoly on the public sector delivery of services. He also said that there should be a greater focus on cost of living issues, for example, lowering business taxes and taking poorer workers out of tax altogether.

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RT @WillHeaven Excellent ⁦piece in ⁦@thesundaytimes⁩ by Dominic Lawson, rightly praising ⁦@Policy_Exchange and its Judicial Power Project: “It’s not for our judges to enact ‘Cliff’s law’” thetimes.co.uk/artic…