October 20, 2010
Policy Exchange responds to the measures announced in today’s Comprehensive Spending Review. The announcements for the Home Office, Ministry of Justice, Department of Communities and Local Government, Department of Energy and Climate Change, Department for Education, Department for Business Innovation and Skills and the Department of Health are all examined.
October 17, 2010
September 30, 2010
Upgrading Our Armed Forces considers the opportunity now afforded by the Strategic Defence and Security Review for the armed forces to leave its Cold War structures behind, and become an affordable, agile and efficient instrument of UK security policy.
September 22, 2010
Housing People; Financing Housing recommends that housing associations should be set free to raise money through methods like equity investment. This so-called “equitisation” could raise £30 billion and build an extra 100,000 new homes a year.
September 21, 2010
This Research Note outlines an eight point plan to eliminate spending on our railway system that provides little social or economic return.
September 12, 2010
Not with a Bang but a Whimper finds that the UK’s financial services industry is in danger of fading away. The report reveals that almost a quarter of financial institutions have considered leaving Britain for more welcoming locations like the Channel Islands or Switzerland.
August 31, 2010
Making Housing Affordable calls for a radical overhaul of housing policy, saving taxpayers around £20 billion a year. It calls for a big increase in the number of new homes being built for sale or rent in areas of high demand, with social housing tenants given new ways to get onto the first rung of the housing ladder.
August 21, 2010
Chief Economist Andrew Lilico has predicted that a double-dip recession in the UK would be followed by a big boom, which in turn would send inflation as high as 10% with interest rates needing to be raised significantly in order to prevent runaway inflation.
August 17, 2010
Green Bills reveals how the total levy in energy – effectively tax to pay for climate and renewable energy policies – is set to soar by 2020. Figures reveal that by 2020, the cost of policies like the Renewables Obligation and Feed-in Tariffs – which pay householders to produce power uneconomically through technologies like solar – will hit over £16 billion a year.
August 7, 2010
Beware False Prophets is Policy Exchange’s critique of The Spirit Level, a book published last year by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett, which argued that income inequality harms almost everybody in society, no matter how prosperous they are.
August 6, 2010
Paul Goodman writes for Policy Exchange on what it is that we want from our MPs, at a time when the whole political class has rarely been held in lower esteem.
July 30, 2010
The research note recommends that all teachers should receive at least some SEN training as part of their initial training and that teachers in specialist roles should have or be working towards specialist qualifications specifically relevant to the needs of the children they are teaching.
July 27, 2010
Careless argues that introducing free personal care funded by general taxation is far too expensive. The report instead recommends that three specific funding models be considered by the Coalition’s Commission on the funding of care and support long-term.
The report suggests that a carbon tax would be a more cost-effective way of ensuring that Britain goes greener more quickly and more efficiently with a simpler, better targeted policy which is credible over the long term.
July 14, 2010
In the first part of a major study into local government financial reform, Policy Exchange examines the history of local government funding in England and Wales, from feudalism through the Victorian period to present day. The authors show how the contemporary system of highly centralised control is a product of the government’s desire to maintain uniformity and fiscal discipline.
July 6, 2010
Incentivising boring banking argues that deposit insurance in a fractional banking reserve system is economically damaging and financially destabilising (as it encourages excessive risk-taking by the banks), but politically impossible to avoid.
July 2, 2010
A State of Disorder contends that while some limited progress has been made in tackling anti social behaviour, there are a host of weaknesses with the government’s approach.
June 18, 2010
People used to say that public sector workers had great pensions to make up for their low salaries. That’s now out of date, as public sector workers have much better pay, as well as better pensions and conditions. People in the public sector are better paid and have pensions worth more – while enjoying shorter hours, more time off, and earlier retirement. There is scope to make savings without being unfair.
June 1, 2010
This report contends that there are a series of fundamental problems with the way the issue of drugs in prisons is approached – and that despite repeated warning signs, the Prison Service appears destined to continue down the same failed path.
April 1, 2010
The report argues that, whilst it has not yet filtered into wider general consciousness, there is a large body of economic evidence suggesting that reducing government borrowing would lead to higher growth, even in the short term (i.e. cutting the deficit early would promote recovery, not endanger it).
March 23, 2010
This report calls for a more honest approach from government. We argue that if the government wishes to use the Winter Fuel Payment funding to boost the incomes of older people, it should do so transparently through the pensions or benefits system. If, on the other hand, it is serious about helping people who struggle to heat their homes, the government should focus on improving domestic energy efficiency and effective approaches to tackling poverty.
This report analyses the health and safety regime in the UK. The problem lies less with the regulations themselves and more with the culture of over-compliance that has developed. There is considerable scope to align the health and safety regime more closely with common sense and to lessen the burdens that it creates, and the report suggests a number of areas where reform is needed.
March 22, 2010
This report examines the effect of various different types of tax on economic growth and employment.
March 18, 2010
It is a popular myth that smoking is a net contributor to the economy – our research finds that every single cigarette smoked costs the country 6.5 pence. In order to balance income and costs, tobacco duty should be progressively increased until the full societal cost of smoking is met through taxation.
The report argues that the continuing obsession at the top of Government with ‘being seen to do something’ means that ministers think and act if they were responsible for almost all significant operational decisions, in effect undermining the independence that was at the heart of creating Foundation Trusts.
March 17, 2010
This report examines the changes required to make an expanded programme of genuinely independent state schools a reality.
March 15, 2010
This report analyses the strengths and weaknesses of the UK as a place for manufacturing, and puts forward a manifesto to strengthen British competitveness in industry.
March 11, 2010
Fighting Fraud and Financial Crime, recommends the consolidation of existing investigation and prosecution powers from the disparate agencies involved into a single new ‘Financial Crimes Enforcement Agency’, overseen by the Attorney General.
March 10, 2010
The Renewal of Government is a short analysis of the many issues facing Britain today. It recommends a root-and-branch reform of public policy, and shows in detail how to implement it.
February 17, 2010
The report highlights late diagnosis, poor survival rates for older people and those in deprived communities, and relatively poor take up of new treatments and technologies as being the most likely causes behind the UK’s comparatively high mortality rate for cancer patients.