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University cash should be given to further education colleges, says report

University cash should be given to further education colleges, says report

The Independent covers Higher, Further, Faster, More, Policy Exchange’s new report looking at how to improve England’s Further Education system. The report highlights that one in four FE colleges are at risk of imminent bankruptcy at a time where the universities sector has £12bn in reserves, and calls for government money to be redirected from HE to FE.

Whitehall spends £1bn on private contractors

Whitehall spends £1bn on private contractors

Whitehall Rules!- Policy Exchange’s new report on Civil Service staff – is covered by The Times. The report highlights the increasing numbers of contractors working across Whitehall.

Blackout risk rises as UK energy crisis deepens

Blackout risk rises as UK energy crisis deepens

Richard Howard, Policy Exchange’s Head of Environment & Energy, is quoted in The Telegraph highlighting the risk that the high cost of introducing new gas capacity will have on the UK’s future electricity supply.

Free school meals ‘could be scrapped’

Free school meals ‘could be scrapped’

Jonathan Simons, Policy Exchange’s Head of Education, is quoted by The Telegraph questioning the sustainability of the Universal Free School Meals programme.

Britain’s water crisis

Britain’s water crisis

The Guardian cites figures from Policy Exchange’s 2011 report Untapped Potentialwhich show that England and Wales are using 1.1bn-3.3bn liters of water a day more than our water bodies can deliver without being damaged.

David Cameron is on track to kill off social housing

David Cameron is on track to kill off social housing

Writing in The Guardian, housing consultant Colin Wiles attributes recent government decisions on housing and planning to reports written by former Head of Housing & Planning at Policy Exchange, Alex Morton.

Speaker Bercow: Corbyn will need to stick with new PMQs tone for months

Speaker Bercow: Corbyn will need to stick with new PMQs tone for months

The Spectator’s Isabel Hardman covers Policy Exchange’s event with John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons. The Speaker set out his thoughts on how PMQs could be improved (beyond better behaviour from MPs), including a longer session and a mix of open and substantive questions from MPs.

The leader of a Tory county council just said we should review the green belt

The leader of a Tory county council just said we should review the green belt

Jonn Elledge, editor of CityMetric, discusses the conversation around London’s green belt from a Policy Exchange panel event at the 2015 Conservative Party conference. He quotes Policy Exchange’s Head of Housing and Planning Chris Walker as saying that 10% of the green belt could accomodate 1 million extra homes.

Protect free school meals, say doctors

Protect free school meals, say doctors

Jonathan Simons, Policy Exchange’s Head of Education, is quoted by BBC News arguing that pilot studies show that universal free school meals don’t have a direct impact on improving BMI or childhood obesity, and are not the best use of money in tight financial circumstances.

Jeremy Corbyn backtracks on abolishing free schools

Jeremy Corbyn backtracks on abolishing free schools

The Telegraph cites findings from Policy Exchange’s A Rising Tidereport which show that new free schools, rather than sucking talent from and undermining nearby schools, actually help drag up results in neighbouring schools.

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