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21 November 2014 | The English reformation

  • The Economist cites Thomas Cawston, Policy Exchange's Head of Health, commenting on proposed changes to NHS services from NHS boss Simon Stevens. Whilst the plan does not explicitly mention it, Thomas points out that many of its ambitions can only be achieved through greater use of non-NHS providers.

  • 21 November 2014 | Editor's opinion: The future of housing associations

  • Jon Land, editor of 24housing magazine, writes an editorial on Policy Exchange's Freeing Housing Associations report, which he argues could be a "game changer" for the future of housing associations. The report calls for housing associations to be able to buy out of some of the restrictions imposed on them by government grant.

  • 19 November 2014 | Map reading

  • Inside Housing's Jules Birch discusses Policy Exchange's Freeing Housing Associations report in an extensive article. The report shows how allowing housing associations to buy out of certain regulations will allow them to double their capacity to provide new homes to 100,000 a year.

  • 19 November 2014 | Devolution will work for Manchester

  • Former councillor Judy Terry praises Policy Exchange's Freeing Housing Associations report as "recommended reading" in an article on ConservativeHome. The report calls for housing associations to be able to buy out of their government grant in order to gain freedoms over how they handle their housing stock.

  • 12 November 2014 | Should housing associations be allowed to choose their own tenants?

  • The Guardian covers our report Freeing Housing Associations which proposes that housing associations should be allowed to buy out their historical government grant (at a discounted rate). Not only would this raise £1.5bn for the Treasury by 2020, but housing associations would then be free from the numerous rules and regulations which are preventing them from doubling the number of homes they build per year from 50,000 to 100,000.

  • 12 November 2014 | Report: UK needs 300,000 new homes each year but red tape prevents house building

  • City A.M. covers our recently published report Freeing Housing Associations which highlights how unnecessary red tape is preventing housing associations from doubling the number of new homes they build each year from 50,000 to 100,000. The report calls for housing associations to be given more freedom to sell expensive social homes, set their own rent policy and choose their own social tenants by letting them buy out their historical government grant. 

  • 10 November 2014 | For the sake of our cities, it's time to make town planning cool again

  • An article in The Guardian highlighting the desperate need to reinvent town planning – and the image of town planners – in the UK refers to our work in the area and our calls for planning powers to be passed down to local people, giving them control over what development occurs near them.

  • 10 November 2014 | Ukip’s march northwards isn’t just a Labour problem

  • Writing in The Daily Telegraph about UKIP’s plans to target Labour seats in the north, James Kirkup refers to Policy Exchange's 2012 Northern Lights report, which highlighted how the Conservative Party have a problem attracting voters in northern cities (holding just 16% of northern urban seats), rather than the north as a whole, with 71% of the broadly rural seats in the north and midlands being held by the Conservatives. 

  • 06 November 2014 | Why schools can't teach character

  • Spectator columnist and free school founder Toby Young sets out his argument from Policy Exchange's recent debate on character education. Young argues that the evidence shows that the character traits character education seeks to instil - "stick-to-it-ness and the ability to bounce back from defeat" - are largely genetically dictated.

  • 05 November 2014 | It’s time to take stock in economics and end the flow of dodgy data

  • Writing in The Times, Ed Conway – Economics Editor of Sky News – refers to Policy Exchange polling from 2011 which showed that only one in seven people understood the difference between the deficit (what the government borrows each year) and the national debt (the cumulative total of all those deficits). Ed argues that this is a reflection of the deep problem with mainstream economics: that it has become “too much about flows and too little about stocks”, and that by focusing purely on the rate at which things change, we often miss the broader story.