• The Customer is Always Right

    Policymakers are failing to strike the right balance between energy affordability and decarbonising the economy. Ill thought through energy and climate policies have added £120 to the average household energy bill over the past five years. If the government wants to retain support reducing carbon emissions it must focus on carrying it out in a way that reduces the price of energy bills.

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    Energy bills
  • Summer Budget 2015: Policy Exchange analysis

    Policy Exchange takes a more detailed look at the Summer Budget, including: the impact of the Living Wage; the reduced pace of departmental spending cuts; the fundamental shift in welfare policy; what awaits Housing Associations; and the impact of changes to energy levies.

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    Summer Budget 2015
  • Digital Government: What's worked, what's not, and what's next?

    Policy Exchange was joined by Head of the Government Digital Service Mike Bracken and MPs Chi Onwurah and Matt Warman to explore the priorities for digital government for the next five years.  AudioTranscriptVideo

    The future of digital government
  • Jim Murphy's valedictory speech

    Outgoing leader of the Scottish Labour Party Jim Murphy delivered his final address as party leader at Policy Exchange.

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    Britain's forgotten class
  • Capital City Foundation

    The Capital City Foundation is a new policy unit devoted to the continued prosperity and progress of London.  It aims to be London’s most influential think tank, taking a long-term look at how to improve the lives of current and future Londoners to protect its standing as the greatest city on earth.

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    Capital City Foundation

In the news

  • 23 July 2015 | Rooftop solar panel subsidies next to face cut as ministers curb green costs

    • The Daily Telegraph cites findings from Policy Exchange's new report The Customer is Always Right that the biggest component of DECC's overspend on renewables subsidies is the subsidy for rooftop solar panels.

  • 21 July 2015 | Clean power subsidies to be reined back

    • The Financial Times cites findings from Policy Exchange's The Customer is Always Right report which show that the government's overspend on the Levy Control Framework could add a further £20 a year on to household energy bills.

New publications

  • 16 July 2015 | The Customer is Always Right: Putting consumers back at the heart of UK energy policy

    • For too long policymakers have failed to strike the right balance between energy affordability and decarbonising the economy. Ill thought through energy and climate policies have added £120 to the average household energy bill over the past five years. While reducing carbon emissions remains critical, if the government wants to retain support for this goal it must focus on carrying it out in a way that reduces the price of energy bills.

  • 15 June 2015 | Overlooked But Decisive: Connecting with England’s Just about Managing classes

    • Despite their overwhelming importance, “squeezed middle” voters - those in the C1/C2 socio-economic classes - across England’s most marginal seats feel overlooked and unrepresented. Overlooked but Decisive examines the values and political attitudes of this group and develops a detailed profile of this groups values and beliefs.

Blogs

  • 21 July 2015 | Labour needs to focus on the squeezed middle once again

    • James Frayne, Policy Exchange's Director of Policy & Strategy, writes arguing that Labour has lost the support of England's C1 and C2 voters, and must win them back if it is to have a hope of forming a government again.

  • 20 July 2015 | The truth about energy bills?

    • Richard Howard, Policy Exchange's Head of Environment & Energy, responds to dissenting views on his new report The Customer is Always Right, which criticised governmental overspend on renewable energy subsidies and argued that government must focus on keeping bills down.

Latest Events

  • 07 July 2015 | Natural Capital: Moving From Concept To Implementation

    • We have now moved to a point where the key question for natural capital is not ‘if’ but ‘how’ to implement it into policymaking. This event will examine how natural capital be should quantified; how it can be built into government & business decision-making; how it will influence wider policy; and how investments in natural capital can be paid for.

  • 29 June 2015 | The Future of Digital Government: What's worked? What's not? What's next?

    • With a new government in place, this major public event provides an important opportunity to explore the priorities for digital government for the next five years with a panel of experts, including a keynote speech from Mike Bracken, head of the Government Digital Service.