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  • 22 October 2014 | Childcare minister calls for more primaries to offer nursery places

    • The TES cover Sam Gyimah MP's recent speech to Policy Exchange on increasing the amount of childcare provision in schools. Gyimah argued that schools offering nursery educations are seeing "big benefits" with better behaved children and higher attainment.

  • 21 October 2014 | School led nurseries to be at “heart” of government education plans

    • Academies Week report on education and childcare minister Sam Gyimah MP's joined-up childcare speech at Policy Exchange. Gyimah called for more schools to start offering nursery provision, arguing that it is beneficial for schools to get to know their pupils earlier so that they can tackle any educational issues earlier.

  • 17 October 2014 | Dean Godson listed in Evening Standard's list of the 1000 most influential Londoners

    • The Evening Standard lists Policy Exchange Director Dean Godson in its annual list of the 1000 most influential Londoners. The paper also cites the report he edited, Replacing the Routemaster, which convinced Boris Johnson to make introducing a new Routemaster part of his first mayoral campaign and eventually resulted in the introduction of the New Bus for London.

Blogs

  • 17 October 2014 | It is time for more radical ideas to make welfare fit for purpose

    • Policy Exchange's Head of Economic and Social Policy, Steve Hughes, outlines the thinking behind our recently published report Making Contributions Count. The report calls for the next government to legislate for a new welfare system that establishes a clear link between contribution and benefits, and argues that only then will public trust in the benefits system be restored.

  • 17 October 2014 | A tale of two education announcements

    • Policy Exchange's Head of Education, Jonathan Simons, contrasts recent announcements on education policy from the Labour and Conservative Parties. Jonathan sets out how the varied reactions to these announcements provide an interesting illustration as to the current state of education political communications.  

  • 10 October 2014 | Getting the long-term unemployed back to work under Universal Credit

    • Ed Holmes, Senior Research Consultant for Economics at Policy Exchange, calls on the government to seize the moment in tackling problems in the otherwise successful Work Programme. He sets our recommendations from his recent report Work 2.0 to ensure that the Work Programme works hand-in-hand with Universal Credit, building a more personally tailored employment system and helping getting claimants into 'mini-jobs' and building skills.

Press Releases

  • 23 October 2014 | Electoral Commission is not fit for purpose, says think tank

    • Electoral Omission highlights how the administration of elections in the UK remains dangerously inefficient and open to fraud and predicts that there will be up to 15.5 million errors on the UK's electoral registers at the time of next year's General Election. The report recommends the introduction of targets for the maximum number of omissions and errors in the electoral register and annual checks to measure accuracy, along with small council tax rebates to encourage people to complete and return their voter registration forms.

  • 15 October 2014 | Unemployment benefits to vary depending on how long an individual has worked under radical shake-up of welfare system

    • Every worker in Britain will have to pay into a new unemployment insurance scheme which will put personal contribution at the heart of the welfare system. For the first time people who have worked hard and paid their taxes will receive a greater level of out of work support. The majority of people who work all their lives could end up with a £10,000 pot when they retire, providing a significant income boost considering the average pension pot is just £36,800.

  • 23 September 2014 | 1 in 5 primary schools at risk of failing from 2016

    • Over 3,000 primary schools (20%) could fall below the government’s tough new minimum standards in reading and writing and maths in 2016. A “perfect storm” of challenges will see a number of head teachers retire, a continued drop off in local authority funding for primaries and the introduction of a new national curriculum and assessment systems, putting more pressure on teachers.

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