• The Estate We're In

    The Estate We're In urges politicians from all parties to pledge to turn around the most deprived council estates within the next decade. Estate Recovery Teams should be established to work with local leaders in identifying and tackling the deep-rooted and acute social problems which affect individual estates.  

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    Sink Estates
  • Green Society

    Green Society highlights the importance of parks and other urban green spaces to the social and economic wellbeing of the country and sets out new ways to improve the UK's local green spaces in the face of local authority spending cuts. The paper makes a wide range of proposals including the idea of a full or partial council tax rebate for volunteers who maintain and improve nearby green spaces.  

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    Parks
  • Silicon Cities

    Silicon Cities argues that ‘clusters’ – geographic concentrations of interconnected companies and institutions in a particular field – are the most effective way of boosting the technology sector across the country, and makes a number of recommendations as to how this can be achieved. 

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    Silicon Cities
  • Former Olympian, James Cracknell to lead Policy Exchange work on obesity and physical activity

    Double Olympic gold medallist, James Cracknell, will today begin work on a new project for Policy Exchange.

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    Obesity and Physical Activity
  • 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

  • 31 August 2014 | Ofsted scraps grades for individual lessons

    • Covering Ofsted's decision to no longer grade teachers’ individual lessons during school inspections, TES Connect refers to our report Watching The Watchmen. We found that lesson observations are neither valid nor reliable and called for them to be scrapped. The watchdog will now give general feedback following lesson observations and look at lessons across the school.  

  • 27 August 2014 | Timothy Kirkhope: Pulling together for a brighter future

    • Timothy Kirkhope, MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber, cites Policy Exchange's Technology Manifesto in an article for the Yorkshire Post.

New publications

  • 22 August 2014 | The Estate We’re In: Lessons from the Front Line

    • Written by inner-city crime writer Gavin Knight, The Estate We're In calls for politicians from all parties to pledge to turn around the most deprived council estates within the next decade. The report highlights how decades of neglect and ghettoization have led to acute social problems and, using case studies to extract best practice, draws out the key lessons for policymakers in how to turn around the worst housing estates.

  • 20 August 2014 | Green Society: Policies to improve the UK’s green spaces

    • Parks and other urban green spaces are highly important to the social and economic wellbeing of the country. However, as local authority budgets have been squeezed, public funding of parks and open spaces has declined. In light of this, Green Society suggests a number of innovative ways to protect and improve the UK’s urban green spaces including the idea of a council tax rebate for local residents who volunteer to maintain nearby green spaces. 

Blogs

  • 22 August 2014 | Britain’s sink estates can – and must – be turned around

    • Gavin Knight, author of our report The Estate We're In, highlights how deprived estates can be successfully transformed from within by locally-minded, determined and creative individuals who catalyse huge change. Our report calls for politicians from all parties to pledge to turn around the most deprived council estates within the next decade and uses case studies, such as those outlined in the blog, to extract best practice. 

  • 19 August 2014 | Do we need a specific offence of domestic violence?

    • Charlotte McLeod, Policy Exchange's Crime & Justice Research Fellow, considers whether we need a specific offence of domestic violence. Charlotte argues that a new offence would require extensive consultation, legal expertise and a continued commitment to tackle it.

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