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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.

Think tank issues association privatisation warning

Think tank issues association privatisation warning

Comments made by Policy Exchange’s Head of Housing & Planning Chris Walker that, should the ONS reclassify housing associations as public bodies, the government’s most obvious reaction would be to privatise them, are covered Inside Housing.

Labour wants schools to be local

Labour wants schools to be local

Jonathan Simons, Policy Exchange’s Head of Education, is quoted by Schools Week criticising Labour proposals to impose further scrutiny from local councils on schools.

London boroughs back common standards-led data approach

London boroughs back common standards-led data approach

Comments made by Eddie Copeland, Policy Exchange’s Head of Technology Policy, at a recent workshop event are covered by Government Computing. Eddie argued that due to the isolated way in which local government IT has organically developed, councils are a long way from being able to adopt open standards and share services.

Nationalise then privatise

Nationalise then privatise

Writing on 24dash.com, housing expert Colin Wiles reports that Goldman Sachs have been appointed by the government to consider how proposals from Policy Exchange Freeing Housing Associationsreport might be implemented.

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