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November 30, 2008

by Anna Fazackerley and Julian Chant

The hard truth about ‘soft’ subjects reveals that the vast majority of leading research universities are admitting fewer ‘soft’ A-levels and more traditional A-levels in comparison with the national uptake of these subjects in schools.

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November 26, 2008

by Helen Thomas and James Mackenzie Smith

Policy Exchange investigates whether recently announced government stimulus measures will work.

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November 19, 2008

by Rhodri Davies and Louisa Mitchell

This report is about the role that people can play in addressing the needs of our society when they have created financial wealth that they are prepared to invest philanthropically.

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November 10, 2008

by Jamie Burn

As the nation’s waistlines continue to grow, there is a need for a systematic review into the effectiveness of interventions aimed at tackling obesity, says the latest research by leading think tank Policy Exchange.

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October 28, 2008

by Sam Freedman and Simon Horner

School Funding and Social Justice sets out how to establish a ‘pupil premium’ by attaching extra money for schools to pupils from disadvantaged communities according to their postcode.

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October 23, 2008

by Lawrence Kay and Natalie Evans

The Cost of Complexity sets out in detail the complexity of the British tax system and the malign influence this has on the economy.

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October 15, 2008

by Dr Oliver Marc Hartwich and Lawrence Kay

When Hassle Means Help, with contributions from international welfare experts, examines why conditionality works well in other countries, such as the US, Sweden and Germany – why it isn’t working in the UK – and how governments can most effectively get people back into work.

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September 4, 2008

by Julian Chant, Ben Ullmann and Gavin Lockhart

Each year, in England and Wales, approximately 66,000 offenders will return to society from prison. The estimated total cost of re-offending to society is £13 billion per year. You’re Hired! investigates ways of encouraging the employment of ex-offenders, thus reducing these figures.

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August 26, 2008

by Tara Singh, Ben Caldecott and Thomas Sweetman

In this report, we argue that preventing deforestation, promoting afforestation/reforestation and stopping peatland destruction are some of the cheapest and most effective ways of reducing global emissions.

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August 13, 2008

by Dr Oliver Marc Hartwich

In their third report in the series on regeneration in the UK, Cities Unlimited, Tim Leunig and James Swaffield recommend a series of radical proposals that would reverse the trend of decline in the North and inject a much needed momentum back into regeneration policy.

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August 4, 2008

by Natalie Evans

The Million Vote Mandate examines a range of the big issues which will challenge the new Mayor and ultimately determine the success of his mayoralty.

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July 1, 2008

by Ben Ullmann and Gavin Lockhart

Professor Charlie Brooker and Ben Ullmann argue that levels of mental health staffing would need to be tripled in order to reach service levels equivalent to that of the wider community but that rates of reoffending would have to fall by less than 1% to make this improvement cost effective.

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by Jonathan McClory and Gavin Lockhart

Going Ballistic’s findings support four primary arguments: that official crime figures do not reflect the experiences of many communities in England and Wales; that information and intelligence sharing between agencies is lacking; that early intervention and prevention work needs to be targeted and expanded and that the relevant legislation governing gun and knife crime is a mess.

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June 18, 2008

by Thomas Sweetman and Tara Singh

This report argues that Carbon Capture and Storage is essential to meet UK CO2 targets and deliver clean electricity and that the UK is ideally placed to spearhead a new movement to cutting carbon emissions internationally.

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June 5, 2008

by Policy Exchange

All Change Please examines the challenges the NHS faces spreading the best ideas through the health system. It provides new analysis of how much is currently spent on innovation and diffusion, and makes seven recommendations on how to improve the system.

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June 4, 2008

by Jamie Burn and Gavin Lockhart

All Change Please examines the challenges the NHS faces spreading the best ideas through the health system. It provides new analysis of how much is currently spent on innovation and diffusion, and makes seven recommendations on how to improve the system.

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May 1, 2008

by Dr Oliver Marc Hartwich

This report examines five countries that have reformed the way in which they provide employment services to jobseekers: Australia, the United States (Wisconsin), Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands.

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by Thomas Sweetman and Tara Singh

Green Dreams looks at the Government’s “green” targets over the last ten years highlighting a worrying high failure rate with little to show for hundreds of targets set

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April 16, 2008

by Dr Michael Pinto-Duschinsky and Roger Gough

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April 15, 2008

by Sam Freedman and Briar Lipson

More Good Teachers demonstrates how we can recruit, retain and develop a new generation of talented, inspired and effective teachers to tackle educational inequality.

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April 3, 2008

by Tara Singh and Thomas Sweetman

Is Britain Ready For Carbon Capture and Storage? introduces an innovative technology with worldwide potential for helping to solve our climate change problems.

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April 1, 2008

by Sam Freedman and Briar Lipson

This report looks at the government’s failure to remove poorly‐performing teachers from schools and propose a series of improvements to the capability review process.

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March 23, 2008

by Dr Oliver Marc Hartwich

This report looks at and evaluates the different approaches to urban regeneration practised in the UK and abroad and proposes policy recommendations for the effective regeneration of deprived urban areas.

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March 20, 2008

by Dr Oliver Marc Hartwich

Quelling the Pensions Storm argues that the Government should learn from the past and make additional reforms to every part of the system. They should make it easier for employers to provide good pensions, confront the risks in personal accounts and introduce a new Single-Tier State Pension. The goal is better pensions for all.

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March 4, 2008

by Sam Freedman

Helping Schools Succeed: a framework for English education shows that successful education systems require a coherent structure – something conspicuously lacking in this country.

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March 3, 2008

by Sam Freedman

Helping Schools Succeed: lessons from abroad investigates five systems – New Zealand, Canada (Ontario and Alberta), Hong Kong and Sweden – which generally perform better than England on counts of excellence and equity.

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February 25, 2008

by Policy Exchange

Cumulative social and political changes have undermined the concept of active citizenship on which the concepts of representative and responsible government have been based. Back From Life Support, written by Frank Field MP, suggests ways of bringing those key concepts back.

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January 21, 2008

by Jonathan McClory and Gavin Lockhart

Footing the Bill investigates the challenges police face in containing costs and balancing protective services, counter-terrorism and neighbourhood policing.

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January 14, 2008

by Policy Exchange

Leading academic and former government advisor Professor Alison Wolf reports how the British Government have ludicrously over-estimated the benefits of raising the education and training leaving age to 18 and massively under-estimated the costs.

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by Dr Oliver Marc Hartwich and Briar Lipson

According to Towards Better Transport traffic congestion is now endemic, affecting not just large cities but also the core motorway network and small towns. It currently costs the UK economy in the region of £20bn per year.