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27 January 2015 | England’s liberal cities

  • Writing in the Financial Times, John McDermott cites findings from Policy Exchange's Northern Lights report showing the Labour dominance of urban constituencies in the North of England.

  • 26 January 2015 | Council tax could be paid with apps, report suggests

  • The Telegraph covers Small Pieces Loosely Joined, Policy Exchange's new report on digital local government. The report shows how using technology and data in a smarter, more collaborative way could save local authorities up to £10bn by 2020.

  • 19 January 2015 | ‘Happy’ NHS patients in exodus from private care

  • Thomas Cawston, Policy Exchange's Head of Health, is quoted in The Times responding to reports that 400,000 people have dropped their private health cover. Thomas argues that the reasons behind this are likely to be economic.

  • 16 January 2015 | Isa 'rollover' boost urged

  • The Daily Mail covers Bonus ISAs, Policy Exchange's latest report. The report proposes the creation of a "Bonus ISA" - a secondary ISA savings account that would consist of the unused portions of a saver's ISA allowances and filled on years when their full ISA allowance has been used.

  • 16 January 2015 | 'Allow Isa savers to roll over unused tax-free allowance'

  • The Daily Telegraph cover Policy Exchange's Bonus ISAs report. The report proposes a new ISA mechanism, which would allow savers to roll over unused portions of their ISA allowance into a "Bonus ISA" which they can then fill in years where they use their full ISA allowance.

  • 13 January 2015 | Rand brings out the romantic in Javid

  • We recently hosted the first in a series of regular film screenings introduced by political figures, in conjunction with the Crossbench Film Society. Our first guest was The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport who provided some introductory remarks on his film of choice, King Vidor's 1949 adaptation of Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead. The Evening Standard’s Londoner’s Diary has covered the event. 

  • 13 January 2015 | Javid: “I read the courtroom scene from ‘The Fountainhead’ to my future wife!”

  • Peter Hoskin, founder of the Crossbench Film Society, has written a piece for ConservativeHome on the first in a series of film screenings co-hosted with Policy Exchange. We were delighted to welcome the Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport who provided introductory remarks on his film of choice, King Vidor's 1949 adaptation of Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead.

  • 13 January 2015 | Why can't the UK build 240,000 houses a year?

  • A BBC News Magazine article considers why the UK is failing to build 240,000 homes a year, despite that number of permissions being granted in the year to September 2014. Chris Walker, Policy Exchange's Head of Housing & Planning is quoted in the article, saying that while that number of permissions is a positive step, the question is whether the upward trend will carry on. Chris also highlights that, as not all permissions are built with many expiring, 240,000 permissions may amount to 200,000 new homes being built. 

  • 09 January 2015 | Half of fuel-poor households in work, Policy Exchange says

  • BBC News covers Warmer Homes, Policy Exchange's new report looking at fuel poverty. The report finds that 1.1 million fuel poor households are in work, 49% of the total. It calls for energy efficiency subsidies to be targeted more at the fuel poor.

  • 09 January 2015 | More than a million households cannot afford to heat their homes even though they are in work, think-tank warns

  • This is Money covers our latest report Warmer Homes which presents a character profile of the 2.3 million households in England living in fuel poverty. Contrary to the perception that fuel poverty mainly affects the elderly and retired, the report finds that around 1.1 million people in fuel poverty – 49% of the total – are in work.