Publications

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Recent Publications

Helping more people become First Time Buyers

Helping more people become First Time Buyers

One of the critical areas for a new Prime Minister is to address the challenges in the housing market, and to help turn Generation Rent into Generation Buy. Addressing the housing crisis should be a central feature of economic policy over the remainder of this Parliament and into the next.

Taxing Families Fairly

Taxing Families Fairly

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Britain is an international outlier in not making proper provision in the tax system for the extra costs of child-raising carried by families. The result, as this paper shows, is that families with young children in the UK pay significantly more in income tax than comparable families in countries like Germany and France. Politicians are finally beginning to wake up to this anomaly and the issue has been raised by Liz Truss in the Conservative leadership election. But it is time that a full beam of light was shone on this bias against family formation and that is just what Philip Booth and Andrei Rogobete have done in this paper.

Re-engineering Regulation

Re-engineering Regulation

A new report from Policy Exchange argues the United Kingdom has a unique opportunity to streamline and modernise regulation to deliver the high environmental and social standards citizens desire, while also giving the British economy the competitive edge it needs in the post-Brexit age. Re-engineering Regulation: A Blueprint for Reform calls for a rethink in approach to regulation, putting forward a number of recommendations to create a more agile and accountable regulatory system.

Holy Illusions

Holy Illusions

As part of our series on ‘What Do We Want From The Next Prime Minister?’, Policy Exchange features a substantive essay by Lord Frost of Allenton reimagining the famous ‘Stepping Stones’ paper prepared for Margaret Thatcher when she was Leader of the Opposition in the mid-1970s. This paper offers Lord Frost’s diagnosis of Britain’s problems and proposes a series of solutions to address them. Other prominent Conservative thinkers will be responding to the Frost vision in the coming weeks, in the hope of stimulating a broader discussion.

‘Policing Can Win’

‘Policing Can Win’

As a new Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police is appointed, Policy Exchange has published our report, “‘Policing Can Win’: The New Commissioner’s First 100 Days” by David Spencer, Policy Exchange’s Head of Crime & Justice.

The central thesis to this report is that ‘Policing Can Win’ over those who would commit crime and disorder in our communities. In addition to summarising the core issues the Met has faced over the last five years, this report sets out the three areas where substantial changes must be made

Semiconductors in the UK

Semiconductors in the UK

Should the UK have a strategy for semiconductors? This question has come to the fore in response to a series of events – some specific to the UK, others related to global developments – which have moved semiconductors (often referred to as chips or microchips) higher up the political agenda. These include: the current semiconductor shortage, which has severely affected some industries, especially the car makers; the semiconductor war between the US and China; and moves by Chinese companies to acquire European or American producers as a means of accessing semiconductor technology.

Research Note: ‘The Lady of Heaven’

Research Note: ‘The Lady of Heaven’

A new research note from the Security and Extremism Team at think-tank Policy Exchange has unearthed evidence of another government ‘anti-extremism’ advisor voicing support for the recent protests over the film Lady of Heaven, which have seen the film pulled from cinemas across the United Kingdom. The government earlier this month sacked Imam Qari Asim, its Islamophobia advisor, over his role in the protests against ‘The Lady of Heaven’.

Thoughts on a Modern Bill of Rights

Thoughts on a Modern Bill of Rights

This paper is the text of a response to the Consultation on Human Rights Act Reform.  The response addresses the main points relating to design of a modern Bill of Rights, focusing in particular on the rights the Bill would introduce and the mechanisms that it would provide in relation to the application of those rights in domestic law.

The Island of Ireland

The Island of Ireland

Despite the Northern Ireland Protocol promoting the concept of an ‘all-island’ Irish economy, this concept is a ‘fiction’, an ‘illusion promoted for political ends,’ argues a new report from Policy Exchange.

‘The Island of Ireland: Two Distinct Economies’, authored by Dr. Graham Gudgin, Policy Exchange’s Chief Economic Advisor, concludes the ‘all-Island economy’ of Ireland is actually two economies with little integration, despite the decades of relative peace since the signing of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998. The two economies, he says, have as many differences as any two neighbouring economies in Europe.

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