• Bonus ISAs

    Bonus ISAs proposes a new scheme to give people more flexibility to build up their tax-free savings pots during the course of a lifetime. The "Bonus ISA" would be offered to anybody who is unable to use their full annual tax-free savings allowance (currently set at £15,000). People would be given the power to roll over any unused portions of their existing ISA allowances into their Bonus ISA account.

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    Bonus ISAs
  • Warmer Homes

    Warmer Homes presents a character profile of the 2.3 million households in England living in fuel poverty. Among the findings in the report is the fact that nearly half of all fuel poor households (1.1m) are in work, challenging the perception that fuel poverty primarily involves the elderly and retired.

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    Fuel poverty
  • Swift and Certain

    Prolific criminals serving community orders, who break the terms of their probation, could be sent to jail for up to a week under plans that would make the criminal justice system swifter and fairer. Currently 1 in 3 offenders serving such orders fail to complete them. The report argues that replicating the Haiwaiian HOPE probation programme - from which it draws inspiration - could cut non-compliance numbers in half.  Read more

    Swift and certain punishment
  • The last word on Piketty

    Policy Exchange was delighted to host an all-star panel to discuss what the lasting influence of Thomas Piketty's Capital in the Twenty-First Century will be. Chaired by Newsnight presenter Evan Davis, the panel included the FT's economics editor Chris Giles, political strategist and Labour adviser John McTernan and economic historian Prof. Deirdre McCloskey.

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    The last word on Piketty
  • Wolfson Economics Prize 2014

    The second Wolfson Economics Prize was awarded to David Rudlin of URBED. His entry, which proposed extending existing cities according to garden city principles, was unanimously voted the winner by the Judges.

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    Wolfson Economics Prize

In the news

  • 19 January 2015 | ‘Happy’ NHS patients in exodus from private care

    • Thomas Cawston, Policy Exchange's Head of Health, is quoted in The Times responding to reports that 400,000 people have dropped their private health cover. Thomas argues that the reasons behind this are likely to be economic.

  • 16 January 2015 | Isa 'rollover' boost urged

    • The Daily Mail covers Bonus ISAs, Policy Exchange's latest report. The report proposes the creation of a "Bonus ISA" - a secondary ISA savings account that would consist of the unused portions of a saver's ISA allowances and filled on years when their full ISA allowance has been used.

New publications

  • 16 January 2015 | Bonus ISAs

    • Bonus ISAs proposes a new scheme to give people more flexibility to build up their tax-free savings pots during the course of a lifetime. The "Bonus ISA" would be offered to anybody who is unable to use their full annual tax-free savings allowance (currently set at £15,000). People would be given the power to roll over any unused portions of their existing ISA allowances into their Bonus ISA account.

  • 09 January 2015 | Warmer Homes: Improving fuel poverty and energy efficiency policy in the UK

    • Warmer Homes presents a character profile of the 2.3 million households in England living in fuel poverty. Among the findings in the report is the fact that nearly half of all fuel poor households (1.1m) are in work, challenging the perception that fuel poverty primarily involves the elderly and retired.

Blogs

  • 21 January 2015 | The Bonus Isa: Why we should make tax-efficient saving even more flexible

    • Steve Hughes, Policy Exchange's Head of Economic & Social Policy, sets out how a Policy Exchange proposal to create 'Bonus ISAs' can help give savers more flexibility. By allowing unused portions of an ISA allowance to build up into a Bonus ISA, savers will be able to take advantage of greater tax-free savings capacity in years where they would fill their ISA allowance.

  • 19 January 2015 | Why linear A-levels will work best

    • Natasha Porter, Policy Exchange's Deputy Head of Education, argues that linear A-levels allow for time to teach skills that are no longer examined, giving pupils the space to explore subject areas that they’re interested in.

Latest Events

  • 21 January 2015 | Can interconnectors help the UK meet its energy needs?

    • Policy Exchange will be hosting a panel discussion on the role that interconnectors could play in helping the UK to meet its energy needs. The event follows the release of our report Getting Interconnected in June 2014 which made the case for increased interconnection to other European power markets to help cut carbon, improve security of supply and lower energy bills.

  • 12 January 2015 | A screening of The Fountainhead with The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP

    • Policy Exchange is delighted to be hosting the first in a series of regular film screenings introduced by political figures, in conjunction with the Crossbench Film Society. Our first guest is The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, who will be providing some introductory remarks on King Vidor's 1949 adapation of Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead.