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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.

Foot patrol: the most secure foundation

Foot patrol: the most secure foundation

Rory Geoghegan, Crime and Justice Research Fellow at Policy Exchange, blogs for the National Policing Improvement Agency on his experience of foot patrol as a Special Constable, stressing the importance of community foot patrol in building trust with the public and deterring crime.

Why Ed is right to speak at “The Big Meeting”

Why Ed is right to speak at “The Big Meeting”

Policy Exchange Deputy Director David Skelton argues that Ed Miliband was right to speak at the Durham Miner’s Gala. PX report Northern Lights highlights the fact that many working class people feel no politician truly represents them and their families and that it is important for leaders to engage with communities as much as possible.

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RT @CSkidmoreUK Coverage in the Times today of my speech as Space Minister at the launch of @Policy_Exchange Space Policy Unit on the crucial importance of having a cross-government Space policy and why we should consider establishing a National Space Council: thetimes.co.uk/artic…