Publications Archive

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.

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June 3, 2009

by Neil O'Brien and Dr Andrew Lilico

Government spending is growing far more quickly than in other countries, and faster than in previous recessions. This report finds that the surge in spending is not being driven by the recession.

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May 26, 2009

by Carol Storey and Henry Featherstone

Policy Exchange’s new report, Hitting the bottle recommends a fundamental overhaul of the alcohol duty regime, to allow for prices to be raised on super-strength beer and ciders, and to promote the production and consumption of lower alcohol products.

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May 18, 2009

by Lawrence Kay

The Case For A Basket, recommends the introduction of a new indexed unit of account that is tied to inflation as measured by a consumer price index (the existing Consumer Price Index, for example). This indexed unit, called a ‘basket’, would help people assess value, even where price levels fluctuate, enabling them to make far more rational financial calculations.

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May 14, 2009

by Ben Caldecott and Robert McIlveen

To help alleviate the crisis of confidence in Britain’s liberalised energy market, Knowledge is power sets out a number of options to improve transparency for consumers and the market.

May 11, 2009

by Ben Ullmann, Max Chambers and Gavin Lockhart

This report identifies examples of ten programmes that are proven to have significant impact on future offending as well as being cost-effective. But knowing what works is only the first step; these programmes have to be put into practice properly in order to have the desired effect and the report’s authors also show how to implement and fund these programmes which would cut crime and its associated costs.

April 30, 2009

by Tom Richmond and Sam Freedman

The purpose of this report is to investigate the extent to which literacy, numeracy and science have improved since 1997 with a particular focus on SATs at age 7, 11 and 14.

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April 24, 2009

by Julian Chant and Anna Fazackerley

Sink or swim? analyses the history of troubled mergers in British universities and takes a closer look at the accountability framework keeping universities in check. It considers the case for failure in the overcrowded London market and outlines some of the major financial threats for universities on the horizon.

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April 21, 2009

by Natalie Evans

Families in Britain aims to be a starting point for a debate on policy, charting the changing nature of the family, and what that means for parents, children and our wider society.

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April 20, 2009

by Helen Thomas

The Balanced Incentive Scheme proposes reforms to the current remuneration system.

April 8, 2009

by Helen Thomas

This report brings together five essays from leading economists on their visions for reformed inflation targetting. The authors encompass a wide range of views: from simple amendments to the current framework, to the complete abolition of Central Banks.

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March 23, 2009

by Sam Freedman, Daisy Meyland-Smith and Natalie Evans

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March 9, 2009

by Ben Caldecott, Tara Singh and Thomas Sweetman

Litterbugs highlights the blight of littering in the UK, identifies a lack of systematic logic in enforcement policy and proposes new means of cracking down of those responsible.

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March 8, 2009

by Shiraz Maher and Dr Martyn Frampton

Choosing our friends wisely: Criteria for engagement with Muslim groups is an authoritative analysis of Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE), the £90 million centrepiece of the government’s effort to stop the radicalisation of young Muslims.

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February 10, 2009

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This report argues that the government’s current model for educational intervention is intellectually incoherent, and stifles innovation within the teaching profession.

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by Ben Ullmann and Gavin Lockhart

Professor Brooker and Ben Ullmann highlight the current barriers to improved mental healthcare of offenders, highlight some of the most effective schemes from around the world and show how these schemes could save more than £100 million each year.

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February 6, 2009

by Helen Thomas

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January 29, 2009

by Policy Exchange

The “Right to buy” was one of the Thatcher government’s defining policies, offering new opportunities to many social tenants. The “Right to move” offers opportunities for all social tenants. It can be a defining policy for this decade.

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January 15, 2009

by Ben Caldecott and Thomas Sweetman

To quickly install basic energy efficiency measures in every household that needs them, the structures of energy efficiency finance and delivery have to change. Warm Homes makes recommendations on how to achieve this.

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January 13, 2009

by Jonathan McClory and Gavin Lockhart

Dr Bob Golding and Jonathan McClory build on the findings of their first report – Going Ballistic – and discuss four case studies from international cities that have successfully reduced violent gun and knife crime.

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December 10, 2008

by Web Administrator

Credible Energy Policy sets out why current energy policy is no longer fit for purpose, and provides a comprehensive overview of what is now required to address our ambitious climate change objectives, whilst maintaining security of supply.

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December 3, 2008

by Jesse Norman MP

Compassionate Economics: the social foundations of economic prosperity – a personal view is an examination of the fundamental drivers of both economic prosperity and social wellbeing, from which Jesse Norman attempts to set out a new economic agenda for the centre-right.

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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.