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The great divide

The great divide

Neil O’Brien, Policy Exchange’s Director, discusses the failure to close the North/South divide, arguing that both Westminster politicians and Northern council leaders fail to understand the nature of the problems the North faces. He makes recommendations which would help boost the Northern economy, including welcoming successful academy chains, local pay bargaining and planning reform.

The Work Programme – progress but still lots to do

The Work Programme – progress but still lots to do

Ed Holmes, Policy Exchange’s Senior Research Fellow for Economics & Social Policy, argues that it is too early to judge the success of the Work Programme at this stage and that there are reasons – such as the focus on sustainable employment – to be optimistic about the Programme.

The quest for digital skills

The quest for digital skills

Chris Yiu, Head of Digital Government at Policy Exchange, argues that the UK has the potential to be a world leader in the high-tech and digital economy. Chris sets out findings from Policy Exchange report Bits and Billions, arguing the government needs to make it easier for UK digital start-ups to hire overseas talent.

Lynton Crosby’s three main priorities when he enters CCHQ

Lynton Crosby’s three main priorities when he enters CCHQ

Nick Faith, Head of Communications at Policy Exchange, sets out three main priorities that Lynton Crosby needs to address when he joins the Conservative party’s 2015 election campaign. Nick cites findings from Policy Exchange’s reportNorthern Lights which found that the Conservative party lacks support in the North and in urban areas.

How to win in the North. Action on fuel duty, planning, job creation – and an industrial strategy

How to win in the North. Action on fuel duty, planning, job creation – and an industrial strategy

David Skelton, Deputy Director at Policy Exchange, shows how drastic the decline of the Conservative party has been in the North of England, with the party lacking representation even at a council level in some cities like Liverpool. He cites polling results from Policy Exchange’s Northern Lights report which show that the Conservatives must focus on cost of living issues and job creation if they wish to win such areas back.

Putting rocket boosters on the rehabilitation revolution

Putting rocket boosters on the rehabilitation revolution

Max Chambers, Policy Exchange’s new Head of Crime & Justice, analyses Justice Secretary Chris Grayling’s speech on Payment by Results (PbR). Max welcomes the renewed focus on the PbR agenda, but argues that PbR needs to be a means to a bigger end – a truly outcome-focused criminal justice system where all parties are focused on a common aim.

Margaret Thatcher, uber-moderniser

Margaret Thatcher, uber-moderniser

Neil O’Brien, Director at Policy Exchange, shows how faded memories have meant that Margaret Thatcher’s modernising moves, such as trying to appeal to minority, female and naturally anti-Tory voters, have been forgotten.

What is the point of Police and Crime Commissioners?

What is the point of Police and Crime Commissioners?

Edward Boyd, Crime & Justice Research Fellow at Policy Exchange, argues that the incoming role of Police & Crime Commissioners should have been better communicated in the run up to the elections, but stresses that despite poor voter turnout, this is still an important opportunity for change in policing.

Why the Government is right to want to improve the poverty target

Why the Government is right to want to improve the poverty target

Policy Exchange’s Director, Neil O’Brien, argues that the government’s announcement to include additional factors to the child poverty target reflects a recommendation set out in 2011 Policy Exchange report Tackling the Causes of Poverty,which suggested replacing the income-based child poverty target with a set of multi-dimensional causal indicators, including unemployment and education.

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