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23 July 2014 | Jobcentres are no longer fit for purpose and are letting young people down

  • David Lammy MP writes in The Guardian supporting Policy Exchange's new report Joined Up Welfare. He backs the report's calls to abolish the current jobcentre system and refocus on a system more tailored to individual needs, and to separate the employment services part of Jobcentre Plus from the rest of it.

  • 21 July 2014 | UK job centres should face competition, says think tank

  • City A.M. reports on Policy Exchange's recent Joined Up Welfare report. The report states that only 36% of jobseekers find long-term employment and that more often than not it is those facing multiple challenges, including mental health problems, who are failed by the current system.

  • 21 July 2014 | UK jobcentres should face competition, says thinktank

  • The Guardian reports on Policy Exchange's Joined Up Welfare report which finds that job centres are failing to help their long-term unemployed customers. The report calls for private companies, charities and the employment services part of Jobcentre Plus to be allowed to compete to provide better support to jobseekers.

  • 21 July 2014 | Jobcentres face competition call: Think-tank wants employment service to be split up and made to compete with private sector

  • Policy Exchange's report Joined Up Welfare is covered by the Daily Mail. The report finds that just over a third of people using job centres find long term employment and calls for a radical reform of the job centre system.

  • 21 July 2014 | Overhaul job centres to help people find work, says think tank

  • The Times reports on Policy Exchange's new report Joined Up Welfare, covering its calls to part privatise job centres and to give jobseekers personal welfare budgets. The report finds that under the current system just 36% of job centre users find long term employment.

  • 21 July 2014 | UK job centres face call for competition

  • The Financial Times covers Policy Exchange's new Joined Up Welfare report. It cites figures from the report that only a third of jobcentre users find long term work through the system and that the network fails to adequately support people with multiple problems. The report calls for a radical reform of the jobcentre system, focused around the needs of the individual.

  • 18 July 2014 | Pensioner Millionaires: UK Has Over a Million Golden Oldies

  • International Business Times cites findings from Policy Exchange's Help to Save report that 11 million people are in danger of entering "pensioner poverty" due to not saving enough for their retirement. The report argues that someone on the average salary of £27,000 would need to save 6.5 times more than they currently do to maintain a comfortable standard of living upon retirement.

  • 18 July 2014 | Who's British Now? review – an attempt to pin down the British Asian experience of nationality and identity

  • Saratha Rajeswaran, Deputy Head of Policy Exchange's BME Research Policy Unit, is quoted in a Guardian review of the BBC Radio 4 production Who's British Now? Saratha argues that it is not hard to have two ethnicities.

  • 18 July 2014 | Droid town: London is the robot capital of the world

  • The Evening Standard quotes David Willetts MP from his speech at Policy Exchange's Rise of the Robots event. Willetts noted that it is important to recognise that we are still a very long way away from building an all-purpose robot that is able to perform as wide a range of actions as humans are.

  • 17 July 2014 | It’s the stereotypes, not older people, that are tired

  • The Guardian quotes findings from Policy Exchange's 2012 report Too Much to Lose that unemployed over-50s are much less likely to find work within a year.