December 14, 2010
Britain’s electricity market is being hamstrung by too much regulation and uncertainty, according to a new study from Policy Exchange.
December 10, 2010
This report tests the Alternative Vote in six key areas: proportionality; safe seats; decisive results; wasted votes; tactical voting and MPs being elected on less than 50% of the vote and finds that in only one (the latter) does it constitute an improvement over First Past the Post.
Local Seats for Local People? finds that the Boundary Review process in the UK is inefficient and produces undemocratic results. The report sets out proposals which will drastically reduce the time taken to conduct a review, depoliticise the process and ultimately improve representation.
November 26, 2010
This report considers potential reforms to the approach to SEN in England in the context of broader educational issues and policy changes. It also considers specific problems such as what SEN is, and how the government should approach inclusion before making further recommendations to improve assessment, funding and provision.
November 25, 2010
Incentivising Wellness shows how the NHS can save tens of billions of pounds while also taking better care of one of the UK’s fastest-growing diseases – diabetes.
Fitting the Crime: Reforming Community Sentences exposes how community sentences are failing to properly penalise or deter offenders and do not command public trust.
November 22, 2010
Faith Schools We Can Believe In proposes key structural, legislative and contractual changes to the way in which both the Department for Education and Ofsted work in preventing schools coming under extremist influence.
November 19, 2010
Carbon Omissions reveals that Britain is actually consuming almost a third more CO2 than it was in 1990. The difference is that much of the carbon consumed in the UK and EU is “embedded” in products imported from countries such as China rather than produced in the UK.
November 17, 2010
Carter But Smarter warns that the official reoffending rate is unsafe. It recommends a radical shake-up of the criminal justice system in order to truly reduce reoffending, including the abolition of the regional structure of the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) and the introduction of new public-private partnerships to reduce crime and recidivism.
November 10, 2010
Designing Student Loans To Protect Low Earners outlines a new way to run student loans that will save taxpayers’ money while making sure that everyone equipped with enough talent and ambition can go to university. The proposals would see interest repayments on loans match the actual cost of borrowing by the Government.
November 9, 2010
Industrial relations in the UK are in need of significant modernisation. Changes in the nature of employment and the workforce, increased concentration of union membership, the proliferation of litigation over the last decade and the shift in the balance of power to the trade unions has created a situation where the existing framework needs extensive revision,
November 4, 2010
We believe strongly that access to university title should be decided according to an institution’s quality, and not its legal status, so we recommend that the government immediately end this institutionalised discrimination against private higher education providers.
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.