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Raise a glass to students’ success but we need to talk about A-levels

Raise a glass to students’ success but we need to talk about A-levels

David Skelton, Deputy Director at Policy Exchange, argues that A-levels should be judged on the esteem in which they are held by employers and businesses. He argues that schools should use autonomy over their curriculum to teach subjects that are academically rigorous, with real world application, potentially working in conjunction with local universities and businesses.

Don’t let apathy rob you of a say on how you are policed

Don’t let apathy rob you of a say on how you are policed

Policy Exchange’s Head of Crime & Justice, Blair Gibbs, explains the importance of new Police & Crime Commissioners and introduces our new website – PoliceElections.com – which is designed to raise public awareness about the elections and those who are standing in them.

Re-regulating energy retail will break it, not fix it

Re-regulating energy retail will break it, not fix it

Simon Less, Policy Exchange’s Senior Consultant for Regulatory Policy, argues that re-regulating the energy market will not work as it will undermine the competitive market. He suggests reducing regulatory burdens on small energy suppliers and improving tariff transparency.

A revolution on the wards that could heal our public services

A revolution on the wards that could heal our public services

Writing in the Telegraph, Sean Worth, Head of Policy Exchange’s Better Public Services Project, highlights the work that Circle has done to turn around Hinchingbrooke Hospital in an article on how outsourcing can improve public services. Sean argues that OFT-style regulators charged with overseeing competition in public services should be set up to break government monopolies and allow more innovative providers to run public services.

Is London sucking the life out of Yorkshire?

Is London sucking the life out of Yorkshire?

Policy Exchange Director Neil O’Brien looks at the problems facing Yorkshire and gives examples on how it could improve itself to counteract the gravitational pull of London on graduates and industry. Suggestions include growing Leeds using lessons from Manchester, luring the best academy school chains, reforming the planning system and changing national pay bargaining to a more local level.

Can we make the economy grow faster?

Can we make the economy grow faster?

Policy Exchange Director Neil O’Brien calls for reform of the planning system to boost the economy. He argues that reforms suggested in report Cities for Growth and More Homes: Fewer Empty Buildings would create a more flexible planning system, reduce the cost of housing, and provide a huge boost to the economy.

The big data opportunity

The big data opportunity

Chris Yiu, Policy Exchange’s Head of Digital Government, sets out the opportunities big data presents for transforming the provision of public services. Chris highlights the importance in ensuring that public sector leaders and staff are literate in the scientific method and confident in using big data in order to unlock its full potential.

Where next for open data?

Where next for open data?

Policy Exchange Head of Digital Government Chris Yiu argues for making non-personal public data open by default. He identifies three main obstacles to open data in the UK: embedding the presumption to publish data, unlocking core reference data in its entirety and staying strategic.

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