Charlotte McLeod, Policy Exchange's Crime & Justice Research Fellow, highlights the problems with the criminal justice system's approach to domestic violence. Charlotte argues that we need to find alternative, more proactive ways of tackling domestic violence and improving the confidence for victims that their abusers will be convicted. Ultimately, however, she argues that we must also see society change its attitude and shift the blame and responsibility from victims to perpetrators.
Policy Exchange Director of Communications Nick Faith sets out how we can build a better system for benefits sanctions. Highlighting recommendations from our recent report Smarter Sanctions, Nick shows how a benefits card for people breaching benefits conditions for the first time would help provide a safety net for the 68,000 people a year who are found to have had their benefits withdrawn unfairly.
Max Chambers, Policy Exchange's Head of Crime & Justice, sets out what improvements need to be made to the justice system in order to actually change criminals' behaviour. The system would be need to be faster, so that the connection between offence and punishment is not lost over time, punishment would be more certain through greater detection of crime, and more problem-solving techniques would be incorporated.
Ruth Porter, Policy Exchange's Head of Economic and Social Policy, writes in response to Archbishop Nichols's condemnation of the UK welfare system in its treatment of the poor. Ruth argues that the state of the economy dictates our ability to help those in need and she refers to Policy Exchange's upcoming report on sanctions and the role they play in encouraging people to find work.
Nick Faith, Policy Exchange's Director of Communications, sets out how the Conservatives a coalition of voters that will allow them to win elections in the long-term. Nick makes the case from our report Northern Lights that the Conservatives must reach out to the working classes by selecting more northern and working class candidates and focus on building up local networks in marginal seats.
Charlotte McLeod, Policy Exchange's Crime & Justice Research Fellow, highlights the shameful failure of the UK government to properly tackle female genital mutilation, despite the practice being outlawed 30 years ago. Charlotte sets out five ways in which the government can do more to eliminate the practice.
With 2014 being the government's 'Year of Code' Sarah Fink, Policy Exchange's Digital Government Research Fellow, looks at the steps being taken by the government to improve computer science teaching in schools. Sarah welcome the new emphasis on computer science teaching, but emphasises the need for the curriculum to keep pace with the rate of technological change and for the curriculum to be about more than just programming.
Jonathan Simons, Policy Exchange's Head of Education, analyses Michael Gove's recent speech in which he said that he wanted to "break down the Berlin wall between state schools and independent schools." Jonathan argues that Gove was making the point that many state schools show what amazing things can be done with less money and a more diverse intake.
Guy Newey, Policy Exchange's Head of Environment & Energy, writes in response to RSPB Conservation Director Mark Avery's recent blog post criticising the concept of biodiversity offsetting. Guy argues that, contrary to Avery's assertions, offsetting is not driven by a belief that nothing should stand in the way of economic development, market forces can deliver, and the current planning system is not compensating for damage to the environment.
Guy Newey, Policy Exchange's Head of Environment & Energy, argues that the only way of overcoming political problems surrounding the introduction of a carbon tax, cap and trade system or renewable energy support system is by getting better at the politics.