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Beware False Prophets is Policy Exchange’s critique of The Spirit Level, a book published last year by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett, which argued that income inequality harms almost everybody in society, no matter how prosperous they are.
Paul Goodman writes for Policy Exchange on what it is that we want from our MPs, at a time when the whole political class has rarely been held in lower esteem.
The research note recommends that all teachers should receive at least some SEN training as part of their initial training and that teachers in specialist roles should have or be working towards specialist qualifications specifically relevant to the needs of the children they are teaching.
Careless argues that introducing free personal care funded by general taxation is far too expensive. The report instead recommends that three specific funding models be considered by the Coalition’s Commission on the funding of care and support long-term.
The report suggests that a carbon tax would be a more cost-effective way of ensuring that Britain goes greener more quickly and more efficiently with a simpler, better targeted policy which is credible over the long term.
In the first part of a major study into local government financial reform, Policy Exchange examines the history of local government funding in England and Wales, from feudalism through the Victorian period to present day. The authors show how the contemporary system of highly centralised control is a product of the government’s desire to maintain uniformity and fiscal discipline.
Incentivising boring banking argues that deposit insurance in a fractional banking reserve system is economically damaging and financially destabilising (as it encourages excessive risk-taking by the banks), but politically impossible to avoid.
A State of Disorder contends that while some limited progress has been made in tackling anti social behaviour, there are a host of weaknesses with the government’s approach.
People used to say that public sector workers had great pensions to make up for their low salaries. That’s now out of date, as public sector workers have much better pay, as well as better pensions and conditions. People in the public sector are better paid and have pensions worth more – while enjoying shorter hours, more time off, and earlier retirement. There is scope to make savings without being unfair.
This report contends that there are a series of fundamental problems with the way the issue of drugs in prisons is approached – and that despite repeated warning signs, the Prison Service appears destined to continue down the same failed path.