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by Policy Exchange

Implementing GP Commissioning suggests that the Health and Social Care Bill’s proposals to abolish every Primary Care Trust (PCT) by 2013 could lead to the new structure replicating the existing system in all but name. The report says that by slowing down the proposed reforms, the potential to deliver real and lasting transformation in the NHS is enormous.

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March 24, 2011

by Policy Exchange

Policy Exchange responds to the measures announced in Budget 2011.

March 17, 2011

by Alex Morton

More Homes: Fewer Empty Buildings proposes that, as part of a strategy for growth, the government should reform the Use Classes Order to make it much easier to move buildings and land from Use Classes A (retail) and B (employment) to C3 (dwelling houses).

March 7, 2011

by Rory Geoghegan and Blair Gibbs

Police Overtime Expenditure examines the significant variance in overtime between police forces in England & Wales.

February 17, 2011

by Dr Andrew Lilico

On Fairness offers a concrete, simple and intuitive notion of what it means to be fair: that being fair is a special kind of being proportionate, with particular application in respect of equality, proportionality, and desert.

February 7, 2011

by Dr Michael Pinto-Duschinsky and Blair Gibbs

This report explores the judicial landscape of the UK’s three supreme courts – in London, in Strasbourg and in Luxembourg (the European Court of Justice) – and the new human rights context in which the judiciary and politicians now operate.

December 22, 2010

by Alex Massey

Universities could reduce potential student debt or protect teaching and research by being more imaginative about how they are run. The study calls for the HE sector to outsource functions like maintenance and accommodation that have little to do with education.

December 20, 2010

by Dr Andrew Lilico

Bank Creditors, Moral Hazard and Systemic Risk Regulation argues that there should be a semi-automatic procedure to recapitalise troubled banks whereby bank bonds are converted into equity.

December 15, 2010

by Policy Exchange

Planning Curses shows how despite efforts to streamline planning, vital projects are not going ahead because of over-elaborate and unrealistic economic predictions.

December 14, 2010

by Simon Less

Britain’s electricity market is being hamstrung by too much regulation and uncertainty, according to a new study from Policy Exchange.

December 10, 2010

by Robert McIlveen and Natalie Evans

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.

by Robert McIlveen and Natalie Evans

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

by Ralph Hartley

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

by Max Chambers, Henry Featherstone and Lilly Whitham

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.

by Blair Gibbs

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

by Alice Harber

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.

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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.