Future Prisons urges the government to shut more than 30 run-down and poorly-located prisons and replace them with 12 state of the art ‘Hub Prisons’, containing up to 3,000 inmates. The new prisons would lead to huge costs savings, a reduction in reoffending rates and a better quality of life for prisoners and prison staff.
Reforming Social Work
Reforming Social Work, warns that without structural reform to social workers’ training programmes, councils could be in danger of missing serious incidents of abuse and neglect. This is likely to be exacerbated by low numbers of social workers with specific training and experience in handling cases involving children, with the supply of social workers not due to equal demand until 2022.
Privatising the Banks
Creating a new generation of shareholders
Privatising the Banks examines four scenarios for the state to sell off RBS and Lloyds, arguing that the best approach will be a mass share distribution coupled with sales to retail and institutional investors. Under the mass share distribution, applying taxpayers will receive shares worth £1,100-£1,650 on a no upfront cost, no risk basis.
PX energy bills and shale gas work cited in Parliament
During a Commons debate on amendments to the Energy Bill, Mark Reckless quotes Policy Exchange evidence to the Energy & Climate Change Committee criticising government proposals for Electricity Market Reform for being predicated on the assumption of high future gas prices. Reckless also quoted figures from 2010 report Green Bills. Read more
The folly of trying to map out our low carbon future
Policy Exchange's Environment & Energy unit members Simon Moore and Guy Newey argue that Tim Yeo and Barry Gardiner's proposed electricity decarbonisation amendment to the Energy Bill is an unnecessary and potentially expensive commitment. They call for those who support action on climate change not to automatically support this amendment. Read the blog