Publications Archive

January 27, 2010

by Robert McIlveen

This report not only sets out an alternative approach for the next climate change treaty; it also develops the reasoning behind it. While the result will be imperfect and is not, by design, as cost-effective as a Kyoto-style approach would have been if it had worked, the approach outlined has a much greater chance of actually delivering significant cuts in greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, as the case of HFCs demonstrates, it already has.

January 14, 2010

by Anna Fazackerley

This report warns that public service broadcasting needs to be radically overhauled if it is to survive in the new digital age.

January 12, 2010

by Policy Exchange

In this report, author Mark Boleat sets out some guiding principles for regulation covering in particular effective policy making, enforcement, combating “backdoor regulation”, funding and evaluation.

January 8, 2010

by Ralph Hartley, Tom Richmond and Anna Fazackerley

This report looks at the skills system in England in order to understand the problems which beset it and to offer recommendations for reform. It offers a critique of the 2006 Leitch review, which is seen as the major driving force behind recent Government policy on skills.

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January 7, 2010

by Henry Featherstone and Natalie Evans

Our research, which included a roundtable discussion with a number of senior academics and business leaders with expertise in the NHS, considers some of the options for the NHS in a period of tight funding.

January 6, 2010

by Neil O'Brien, Ben Caldecott and Robert McIlveen

At a Rate of Knots argues that we can make much more of the river Thames for very little cost, producing a new, integrated and expanded service which will offer a great new option for many of London’s commuters. The river is a core part of London’s identity yet it is cut off from its transport network. This report sets out how to correct this.

January 2, 2010

by Robert McIlveen and andrew-brinkley

The report examines how we can meet the challenge of securing sufficient and secure gas supplies in the decade ahead. As our nuclear and coal power plants shut down gas will be needed to fill the gap, which will require a more strategic approach from government.

by James Groves

A new report on adoption services in England by think tank Policy Exchange has found that upwards of 1,000 children a year are living in foster care unnecessarily because Local Authorities (LAs) are failing to work closely with voluntary sector providers of adoption services.

December 22, 2009

by Henry Featherstone and Carol Storey

Which Doctor? proposes a radical new framework to tackle the inequality of primary health care provision. The proposals recommend that the majority of NHS funding (£84.4 billion in 2010–11) be distributed on the basis of a patients’ age and postcodes, and that GPs be financially incentivised to set up practices in areas of most need through a ‘patient premium’.

December 11, 2009

by Dr Andrew Lilico and Helen Thomas

Published soon after the announcement of the European Systemic Risk Board, Financial Instability: are Counter Cyclical Capital Controls the answer? looks at how Counter Cyclical Capital Controls (CCCCs) could work in the UK.

November 23, 2009

by Ed Holmes, Hiba Sameen and Dr Andrew Lilico

Controlling Spending and Government Deficits draws from twelve international and historical case studies in order to examine how Britain might best rid itself of the current overwhelming deficit.

by Anna Fazackerley and Alex Massey

Innovation and Industry: The Role of Universities looks at how universities could form a key part of Britain’s economic recovery by acting as incubators of business and providers of expertise.

November 12, 2009

by Max Chambers and Natalie Evans

Partners in Crime calls for the introduction of elected police heads, responsible for meeting the needs of local people and revitalising the relationship between the police and the public.

Policy Exchange

November 3, 2009

by Policy Exchange

In this short volume of essays, the leading think tanks debate the pros and cons of a range of approaches to putting democracy in the United Kingdom on a firmer footing. It features contributions from CentreForum, Demos, the Fabian Society, ippr, Policy Exchange and Reform.

Policy Exchange

October 29, 2009

by Natalie Evans

This Research Note recommends that the current child poverty targets should be replaced and the Child Poverty Bill withdrawn. We are not, however, arguing that the government should abandon its broader concern to improve child wellbeing and the causes of poverty.

Policy Exchange

October 1, 2009

by Neil O'Brien

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September 28, 2009

by Anna Fazackerley and Tom Richmond

Our report debunks the Government’s claims about the performance and take-up of science subjects at every level – GCSE, A Level and degree. Instead, misleading figures and lowered standards were found to behind many of the apparent ‘improvements’, with the result that British businesses now face a critical skills shortage.

September 21, 2009

by Natalie Evans

This Research Note makes a series of recommendations for improving the tax system, access to finance, public procurement and regulation.

September 1, 2009

by Ben Caldecott

Our latest report estimates that in order to renew and replace much of Britain’s tired infrastructure, around £500 billion will need to be spent by 2020 to improve Britain’s competiveness, stimulate economic growth and meet the challenge of climate change.

August 21, 2009

by Ben Ullmann

This report seeks to identify strategies that reformers can utilise to spread problem-solving justice as broadly as possible in a time of shrinking resources.

August 18, 2009

by Lawrence Kay

The report recommends reducing the expected rises in benefits over the next few years, tapering away the Family element of the Child Tax Credit and Child Benefit at 39% once the Child Element has been exhausted and raising the earnings disregard for all means-tested benefits to £92.80.

Policy Exchange

by Anna Fazackerley and Julian Chant

Educating Rita recommends that the government must invest £33 million to begin tackling the chronic underfunding of part-time students who currently receive a fraction of the support given to their younger full-time counterparts.

Policy Exchange

July 20, 2009

by Robert McIlveen and Ben Caldecott

A Wasted Opportunity recommends the radical overhaul of the UK’s waste system to reduce the cost on households, improve recycling rates, increase local authority efficiency and expand the proportion of the UK’s energy needs met through waste.

July 13, 2009

by Anna Fazackerley and katherine-quarmby

The report recommends that Labour’s flagship Building Schools for the Future programme should be radically simplified and the quango who currently delivers this project – Partnerships for Schools – should have its remit curtailed.

Policy Exchange

July 9, 2009

by Policy Exchange

The Power of Numbers looks at what population changes will mean as numbers continue to rise in the developing world, across Africa, Asia and the Middle East, and how the economic, political and military balance of power across the globe will be affected.

Policy Exchange

July 1, 2009

by Rhodri Davies

This report argues that a new concept of value is needed to form the basis for reform of public services. We identify five elements of value against which services should be judged.

Policy Exchange

June 22, 2009

by Ben Caldecott

Green Skies Thinking recommends the setting of achievable and enforceable targets for replacing standard kerosene jet fuel with bio-jet fuel from 2020, through the implementation of an EU-wide Sustainable Bio-jet Fuel Blending Mandate. This would result in reductions of greenhouse gas emissions from the UK and EU aviation sectors of 15% in 2020 and 60% in 2050 relative to current predictions.

June 11, 2009

by James Mackenzie Smith and Lawrence Kay

This report reveals the true extent of the public sector pension debt, which until now has been kept hidden and out of official figures. The cost of these schemes is much larger even the publicly acknowledged national debt.

June 9, 2009

by Natalie Evans

Reforming the UK Family Tax and Benefits System reveals that the average middle-income family today pays £6,016 in tax and National Insurance contributions, but gets back £5,383 as social security and family payments. This unnecessary churning has undermined family independence and self-reliance and turned four-fifths of the nation’s families (around 5.5 million households) into welfare claimants.