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27 August 2014 | Timothy Kirkhope: Pulling together for a brighter future

  • Timothy Kirkhope, MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber, cites Policy Exchange's Technology Manifesto in an article for the Yorkshire Post.

  • 24 August 2014 | Overhaul childcare funding to ensure best quality service, says major new report

  • The Independent's political editor Jane Merrick cites findings from Policy Exchange's Quality Childcare report that wealthier parents are receiving better childcare as they can pick more successful nurseries, whereas poorer parents can choose only the cheapest provider.

  • 22 August 2014 | Tackling crime is key to improving 'sink estates'

  • A leader column in The Daily Express explores issues raised in our recently published report The Estate We're In. The report urges politicians from all parties to pledge to turn around the most deprived council estates within the next ten years, and highlights how decades of neglect and ghettoization have led to acute social problems.   

  • 22 August 2014 | The scandal of Britain's ‘Shameless’ estates riddled with crime and violence

  • Our report The Estate We're In is covered by The Daily Express. The report urges politicians from all parties to pledge to turn around the most deprived council estates within the next ten years, and highlights how decades of neglect and ghettoization have led to acute social problems.   

  • 21 August 2014 | How far will teachers go to improve GCSE results if their pay depends on it?

  • Jonathan Simons, Head of Education policy at Policy Exchange is quoted on The Guardian’s Teacher Network site in an article on performance-related pay and the extent to which a teacher’s pay depends on the grades their pupils achieve. Jonathan argues that how far exam results affect salaries is at the discretion of the school and determined by what systems are in place.  

  • 20 August 2014 | Doctors are told to send fat patients to keep-fit classes in the park: GPs could use 'green prescriptions' instead of medication

  • Policy Exchange's report Green Society is covered in the Daily Mail. The article focuses on the report's recommendation that pilots should be run in which GPs refer patients to non-clinical sources of support to improve their mental and physical health. These could include joining a physical fitness class held in a local park. The patient would pay the standard prescription charge and the Clinical Commissioning Group would fund the remainder of the course, with the class organisers paying the local authority a fee as part of an agreement to hold classes in a public green space.

  • 20 August 2014 | People living near green spaces should pay a 'park levy'

  • The Daily Telegraph covers Policy Exchange's recently published report Green Society. Highlighted in the article is the suggestion that residents should be given the ability to vote on whether to raise a compulsory levy on properties within a set distance from a park or urban green space. The levy would be directed into funding the maintenance of green spaces and exemptions would apply to people unable to afford the levy. 

  • 20 August 2014 | Clean up your local park and get a council tax rebate, suggests thinktank

  • The Guardian writes of recommendations made in Policy Exchange's recent report Green Society: Policies to improve the UK's green spaces. In particular the article highlights the idea of full or partial council tax rebates for local residents who volunteer to maintain and improve nearby green spaces. The report proposes that this would encourage people of all ages, backgrounds and income groups to become actively engaged in their local communities.  

  • 20 August 2014 | Parks are for rich and poor alike

  • Writing for The Independent, Jane Merrick covers our report, Green Society and argues that park life should be a right, not a privilege. The report highlights the importance of parks and other urban green spaces to the social and economic wellbeing of the country, and sets out new ways to improve local green spaces in the face of local authority budgetary cuts.  

  • 20 August 2014 | ‘Give park helpers tax rebate’, says think-tank

  • The Times covers our latest report, Green Society in which we suggest that volunteers who help to maintain and improve the UK's parks and local green spaces should be rewarded with a council tax rebate. This would not only provide a solution to the declining number of park rangers but would encourage people of all ages, backgrounds and income groups to become actively engaged in their local communities.