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November 19, 2010

by Andrew Brinkley and Simon Less

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.

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November 17, 2010

by Max Chambers

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

by Policy Exchange

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

by Ed Holmes and Dr Andrew Lilico

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

by Alex Massey and Greg Munro

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

by Policy Exchange

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

by Ed Holmes, Hiba Sameen and Dr Andrew Lilico

September 30, 2010

by James Norman

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

by Natalie Evans

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

by Policy Exchange

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

by Ted Sumpster

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

by Alex Morton

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

by Dr Andrew Lilico

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

by Simon Less

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

by Natalie Evans

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

by Robert McIlveen

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

by Ralph Hartley

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

by Henry Featherstone and Lilly Whitham

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.

by Robert McIlveen and Simon Less

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

by Policy Exchange

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

by Dr Andrew Lilico

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

by Max Chambers

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

by Ed Holmes and Dr Andrew Lilico

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

by Max Chambers

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.

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April 1, 2010

by Ed Holmes, Hiba Sameen and Dr Andrew Lilico

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

by Simon Less and Andrew Brinkley

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.

by Natalie Evans

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

by Hiba Sameen and Dr Andrew Lilico

This report examines the effect of various different types of tax on economic growth and employment.

March 18, 2010

by Henry Featherstone

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.

by Henry Featherstone

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.