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A huge job – but also a huge opportunity

A huge job – but also a huge opportunity

Rory Geoghegan, Crime & Justice Research Fellow at Policy Exchange, argues that newly elected Police & Crime Commissioners will face tough challenges when they take on the role, but stressed that talented candidates will have the potential to make a real difference to the lives of the public.

The remarkable rise of mental illness in Britain

The remarkable rise of mental illness in Britain

Neil O’Brien, Policy Exchange’s Director, discusses the dramatic increase in mental illness in Britain, arguing that it is one of the biggest challenges facing the welfare state, and one which is only now starting to be explored.

How the new Police Commissioners should spend their first 100 days

How the new Police Commissioners should spend their first 100 days

Nick Faith, Director of Communications at Policy Exchange, sets out the priorities for PCCs in their first 100 days in office. He argues that PCCs need to take the time to get to know their communities, put in place a proactive communications plan and try to set themselves two or three major priorities for their first term.

Loosening purse strings

Loosening purse strings

James Barty, Policy Exchange’s Senior Consultant on Financial Policy, argues that the drive to increase banks’ capital ratios is harming recovery and that the process should be slowed, if not reversed in some cases.

Why for-profit companies should take over weak schools

Why for-profit companies should take over weak schools

James O’Shaughnessy, author of recent Policy Exchange report Competition Meets Collaboration on ways to tackle failing schools in the UK, argues that failing schools should join successful Academy chains to drive up standards. If this is ineffective, then he suggests education management organisations, including both profit and not-for-profit, should take on the running of these schools.

Low carbon and lower bills — Can the circle be squared?

Low carbon and lower bills — Can the circle be squared?

Simon Less, Senior Consultant for Regulatory Policy at Policy Exchange, argues that it is hard to predict what the best and cheapest carbon technologies will be to reduce carbon emmissions and lower carbon bills, and stresses that the design of policy needs to reflect this.

A chain reaction that would fix Britain’s failing schools

A chain reaction that would fix Britain’s failing schools

James O’Shaughnessy, former Head of Policy for No. 10 and author of recent Policy Exchange report Competition Meets Collaboration, argues that following the new Ofsted inspection scheme, an increasing number of schools in Britain will be told they are failing. James suggests new ways to tackle this problem, including creating more academy chains.

Head to Head: Local pay, Local Growth

Head to Head: Local pay, Local Growth

Ed Holmes, Senior Research Fellow for Economics & Welfare at Policy Exchange, argues that rebalancing public sector pay and pensions so that they are in line with that of equivalent workers in the private sector would save £6.3 billion a year in public spending.

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