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New research shows Free Schools boost performance of local schools

  • Free Schools are raising standards for other pupils across the local community, especially in some of the poorest performing schools, as well for the pupils who attend them. A new report, A Rising Tide: the competitive benefits of Free Schools, by leading think tank Policy Exchange, sets out for the first time detailed analysis on the performance of local schools where a Free School has opened.

  • Pay off teachers’ student debt, says Policy Exchange

  • As part of its Education Manifesto, leading think tank Policy Exchange argues that given the twin risks of already declining teacher numbers and the potential from September 2015 of more highly indebted students graduating from university and deciding to go straight into work and not to undertake further teacher training, all parties should commit to a scheme of student loan repayments for some or all teachers who begin teaching in the state sector.

  • The police and the courts are turning a blind eye to property crime, warns Labour Mayoral candidate

  • The police and the courts are turning a blind eye to theft, burglary and shoplifting which makes up three quarters of all recorded crime committed in England and Wales, according to the Rt Hon David Lammy MP, one of the Labour party’s leading Mayoral candidates.

  • Spread the benefits of a capital-owning democracy to reduce inequality

  • Policy Exchange proposes mass distribution of RBS and Lloyds’ shares, compulsory savings, the introduction of a Bonus Isa and a new generation of private sector Premium Bonds.

  • A ‘Living Income’ – not a Living Wage – is the most effective way to end in-work poverty without harming job creation

  • Aligning National Insurance and Income Tax thresholds with the Minimum Wage would take half a million people out of tax altogether, says think tank. A full time Minimum Wage worker would be almost £2,000 a year better off after tax under the ‘Living Income’.

  • Wave of new garden villages could create over one million homes

  • Over one million new homes could be built over the next decade if each of the 353 councils in England built just one garden village of 3,000 new houses.

  • Pensioners to ‘opt-in’ to receive Winter Fuel Payment under think tank plan

  • Pensioners should be asked to ‘opt-in’ to receive their Winter Fuel Payment as part of plans to make the welfare system fairer, more affordable and fit for the 21st century. Leading think tank Policy Exchange says that as much as £400million a year could be saved under the proposal.

  • Smarter use of technology and data could save local authorities £10 billion by 2020

  • A report released today by leading think-tank Policy Exchange highlights how every year councils lose more than £1 billion by failing to identify where fraud has taken place. The paper also sheds light on how a lack of data sharing and collaboration between many local authorities, as well as the use of bespoke IT systems, keeps the cost of providing public services unsustainably high.

  • Bonus ISA scheme would give people more savings flexibility during their lifetime, says think tank

  • New scheme will  allow people to keep more of their own money from one off windfalls such as proceeds from a house sale or an inheritance.

  • Over 1 million households living in fuel poverty are in work, says think tank

  • Over 1 million households who cannot afford to heat their home to a comfortable level are in work according to a new report, which also reveals that the households living in the least energy efficient properties would have to spend as much as £1,700 extra a year to heat their home to a suitable temperature.