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The public is more than ready to see benefits made fair

The public is more than ready to see benefits made fair

Policy Exchange Director Neil O’Brien calls for the re-establishment of the contributory principle in the welfare system. He praises the government for strengthening jobsearch requirements but says that more needs to be done to target those furthest away from the labour market and tailor support towards their specific needs.

Apps for citizens

Apps for citizens

Policy Exchange’s Digital Government team, Chris Yiu and Sarah Fink, outline the discussion from a recent Policy Exchange roundtable ‘Apps for Citizens’. The event explored what the government’s ‘digital-by-default’ proposals for public services, coupled with the desire of external developers to innovate in the space between citizens and the state, means for public policy?

Why we should change the child poverty target

Why we should change the child poverty target

Policy Exchange Director Neil O’Brien shows why we should change the Child Poverty Target – which currently only measures inequality rather than actual poverty – to one which measures a range of indicators including unemployment and education.

Windsor – the outsider

Windsor – the outsider

Blair Gibbs, Policy Exchange’s Head of Crime & Justice, writes setting out why he believes Tom Winsor is the right man to head up Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC), arguing that under Winsor the inspectorate can evolve further towards becoming a public auditor of standards and an economic regulator.

How can we help children in care? Should we be sending them to boarding school?

How can we help children in care? Should we be sending them to boarding school?

Policy Exchange Director Neil O’Brien highlights the fact that, despite legal provisions giving children in care top priority for schools admissions, they are more likely to be in failing schools than other children. He then examines a scheme previously implemented by Andrew Adonis which placed children in care in boarding schools and the positive effects this had.

Foster Care Reforms Needed Alongside Focus On Adoption

Foster Care Reforms Needed Alongside Focus On Adoption

Head of Economics & Social Policy Matthew Oakley sets out the reforms recommended for the foster care system in Policy Exchange report Fostering Aspirations, including boosting the number of carers, ensuring local authorities make better use of private and third sector providers and having the Secretary of State be more proactive where local authorities are failing.

What about the snobbery that despises vocational education?

What about the snobbery that despises vocational education?

Education Research Fellow Owen Corrigan calls for politicians to dispel the impression that vocational education is a second-class form of education, arguing that it is an important alternative to academic education. He cites highly successful vocational education systems in Germany and Austria which have led to some of the lowest youth unemployment rates in Europe.

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