• Board Rules

    The solutions proposed and enacted by the government to drive up the standards of corporate governance among UK companies amount to little more than, “a damp squib”. This report recommends that investor representatives should be appointed to board nomination committees and that CEOs should be banned from such bodies.

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    Corporate governance
  • Taxing Jobs

    Taxing Jobs argues that because pay and productivity have remained strongly linked over the course of the recession, wages will begin to rise and productivity will improve as employers take on more staff. Providing a boost to the labour market in the form of a cut to the payroll tax for businesses would speed up the rate at which companies take on more staff. This would reduce unemployment more quickly and force employers to improve productivity and therefore pay among their workforces.   Read more

    Jobs, Growth and Pay
  • David Lammy MP - we must tackle property crime

    David Lammy MP, Policy Exchange's newly appointed Visiting Fellow, reveals that half of all property crime results in "no further action" from the Metropolitan Police. With property crime affecting people from all backgrounds, but particularly the low paid and most disadvantaged, Lammy calls for property crime to be tackled head on. Read more

    Property Crime
  • Budget 2014 analysis

    Budget 2014 was a budget for 'silver savers', with the main element of the Chancellor’s speech focusing on pensions. Overall, there were some sensible albeit not particularly radical policies put forward. The key for the government is to ensure that these policies contribute to continued economic growth across all regions of the country and improve living standards.

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    Budget 2014
  • Wolfson Economics Prize 2014

    The second Wolfson Economics Prize will be awarded to the entrant who offers the best answer to the question “How would you deliver a new Garden City which is visionary, economically viable, and popular?” At £250,000, the prize is the second largest for economics after the Nobel prize.

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    Wolfson Economics Prize

In the news

  • 15 April 2014 | Ofsted: not fit for purpose

    • The Association of Teachers and Lecturers cites Policy Exchange's Ofsted report, Watching the Watchmen, in the cover story in their monthly magazine. They cite the report's findings that lesson observations are unreliable and should be scrapped, that inspectors lack the necessary skills to make fair judgments and that Ofsted should radically reduce or abolish the number of inspectors contracted to private outsourcing companies.

  • 14 April 2014 | Criminals agree community sentences are soft

    • The Times quotes Max Chambers, Head of Crime and Justice at Policy Exchange, following a recent study by the Ministry of Justice which reveals that offenders see community service orders as a soft punishment. Max argues that unpaid work requirements should be far more demanding and intensive and he stresses that we need a competent probation system with a focus on compliance in order to prevent re-offending. 

New publications

  • 11 April 2014 | Board Rules: Improving corporate governance

    • Board Rules: Improving corporate governance, reveals that the solutions proposed and enacted by the government to drive up the standards of corporate governance among UK companies amount to little more than, “a damp squib”. The report recommends that investor representatives should be appointed to board nomination committees and that CEOs should be banned from such bodies.

  • 27 March 2014 | Taxing Jobs: Practical policies for a pay recovery

    • Taxing Jobs argues that because pay and productivity have remained strongly linked over the course of the recession, wages will begin to rise and productivity will improve as employers take on more staff. Providing a boost to the labour market in the form of a cut to the payroll tax for businesses would speed up the rate at which companies take on more staff. This would reduce unemployment more quickly and force employers to improve productivity and therefore pay among their workforces.

Blogs

  • 10 April 2014 | The boardroom debate needs to move beyond gender

    • Emily Redding, Financial Policy Research Fellow at Policy Exchange, outlines the main arguments in her report, Board Rules: Improving Corporate Governance. Emily argues that the focus on making boards more gender representative has skewed the debate away from how we can get more people with a diversity of appropriate skills and experience onto boards.

  • 07 April 2014 | Living standards and the recovery: the difficulties with defining income groups

    • Steve Hughes, Policy Exchange's Deputy Head of Economic & Social Policy, responds to a recent report showing that the middle class has weathered the fall-out from the financial crisis relatively well. Steve argues that the report's findings and recommendations show how difficult it is to properly define parts of the income distribution for specific interventions. Instead we would be better off cutting National Employers insurance in order to stimulate hiring and wage recovery.

Latest Events

  • 07 April 2014 | Quality of Teaching in Early Years with Elizabeth Truss MP

    • Policy Exchange is delighted to host Elizabeth Truss MP, Minister for Education and Childcare, to speak on how we can improve the quality of Early Years teaching. The Minister will discuss how quality in Early Years teaching can be defined and measured, how it can be improved, and how mechanisms including the Early Years Pupil Premium, as announced in the recent Budget, might help to improve social mobility.

  • 25 March 2014 | Modernising the Magistracy with Rt Hon Damian Green MP

    • We are pleased to welcome Damian Green MP, Minister for Policing, Criminal Justice and Victims, as he sets out his plans to shape the magistracy to make it fit for the future demands of the 21st Century.