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  • 23 July 2014 | Jobcentres are no longer fit for purpose and are letting young people down

    • David Lammy MP writes in The Guardian supporting Policy Exchange's new report Joined Up Welfare. He backs the report's calls to abolish the current jobcentre system and refocus on a system more tailored to individual needs, and to separate the employment services part of Jobcentre Plus from the rest of it.

  • 21 July 2014 | UK job centres should face competition, says think tank

    • City A.M. reports on Policy Exchange's recent Joined Up Welfare report. The report states that only 36% of jobseekers find long-term employment and that more often than not it is those facing multiple challenges, including mental health problems, who are failed by the current system.

  • 21 July 2014 | UK jobcentres should face competition, says thinktank

    • The Guardian reports on Policy Exchange's Joined Up Welfare report which finds that job centres are failing to help their long-term unemployed customers. The report calls for private companies, charities and the employment services part of Jobcentre Plus to be allowed to compete to provide better support to jobseekers.


  • 23 July 2014 | Stopping the obesity juggernaut will be a real legacy for our children

    • Following his appointment as Senior Research Fellow, James Cracknell outlines the focus of his upcoming work at Policy Exchange. James will explore the long-term impacts of obesity and inactivity on the future of Britain’s economy and health. The project will look at how healthy eating and a more active lifestyle could improve both private and public sector productivity. 

  • 22 July 2014 | A bold plan to make welfare more personalised and responsive

    • Ruth Porter, Head of Economic & Social Policy at Policy Exchange, outlines the recommendations made in our recently published report Joined Up Welfare. The report calls for a more personalised approach to welfare provision to ensure that jobseekers with multiple challenges to finding work are provided with the right support.  It argues that private companies, charities and the employment services part of Jobcentre Plus should be allowed to compete to provide support to jobseekers because, as Ruth argues, competition drives improvement. 

  • 20 July 2014 | What are the Tories' election plans?

    • Ruth Porter, Head of Economic & Social Policy at Policy Exchange, looks at what last week’s Cabinet reshuffle might reveal about David Cameron’s plans for the 2015 general election. Ruth highlights the promotion of Liz Truss and Michael Fallon who are both “adept media performers” and could play an important role in campaigning ahead of the election.  She also argues that David Cameron will focus on how fixing the economy is a two-term project, which is why George Osborne has been left as Chancellor. 

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