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30 June 2015 | What is a coasting school? An answer

  • Jonathan Simons, Policy Exchange's Head of Education, sets out how the government's new measure for coasting schools is likely to work in practice.

  • 25 June 2015 | When is a government bank not a government bank?

  • Richard Howard, Policy Exchange's Head of Environment & Energy, comments on the government's announcement that it wishes to part-privatise the Green Investment Bank. Whilst such a move may make things easier for the Bank, Richard questions whether the Bank would not just become the same as any other commercial bank, in which case why retain a stake at all?

  • 16 June 2015 | The Conservatives must become the party for the ‘just about managing’ class

  • James Frayne, Policy Exchange's Director of Policy and Strategy, sets out the findings from Overlooked But Decisive, our new report profiling C1 and C2 voters. Such voters values above all else family and fairness. This means these voters want an active, practical approach from Government that helps improve their everyday lives. But they also want to see the Government create a fairer system where hard work and playing by the rules is rewarded and the opposite punished.

  • 07 June 2015 | Nick Faith: Osborne should announce this week that all taxpayers will gain RBS shares

  • Nick Faith, Policy Exchange's Director of Communications, sets out the case for George Osborne announcing a mass distribution of RBS shares at his forthcoming Mansion House speech. Originally proposed in Privatising the Banks, the scheme would see the creation of a new generation of shareholders with an estimated 20 million taxpayers receiving shares worth £1,000.

  • 26 May 2015 | Housing is key to a Conservative vision for working people

  • Chris Walker, Head of Housing and Planning, discusses the merits of the Conservatives’ Right to Buy policy, explains that policies promoting home ownership should apply to people from all income brackets, and argues that the Right to Buy policy will increase the nation’s overall housing supply. 

  • 21 May 2015 | The Police have delivered ‘more for less’ for five years and we should celebrate that more

  • Glyn Gaskarth, Policy Exchange's Head of Crime & Justice, recounts his experience at the recent Police Federation conference. He argues that - counter to the conference's theme that "cuts have consequences", the police have in fact been able to do more with less, and offers suggestions for ways the police are able to do more still.

  • 20 May 2015 | What is a coasting school?

  • On the back of announcements by Nicky Morgan last weekend, Policy Exchange's Head of Education Jonathan Simons considers which schools the government may be about to classify as coasting and in need of further attention.

  • 14 May 2015 | What if public services could be more like Amazon’s?

  • In his latest blog, Eddie Copeland, Policy Exchange’s Head of Technology Policy, describes the advances government could make if it personalised public services in the way that Amazon, Tesco ClubCard and Google currently do. Eddie argues that if public services addressed the needs of the individual by joining up data across departments, there would be a significant benefit to citizens. 

  • 13 May 2015 | Priorities for the new BIS team

  • Jonathan Simons, Policy Exchange's Head of Education, sets out the priorities facing the new BIS team. He lists higher education (including shifting fees and the future of international students), science, further education and skills as their top priorities.

  • 12 May 2015 | What does the election result mean for tech policy?

  • Eddie Copeland, Head of the Technology Unit at Policy Exchange, considers what effect the election result will have on technology policy in the next five years. Due to an unexpected Conservative majority, Eddie argues the focus is certain to be on the future of the Government Digital Service and the impact an EU referendum could have on Britain's role as the most digital nation in Europe.