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Unemployment benefits to vary depending on how long an individual has worked under radical shake-up of welfare system

  • Every worker in Britain will have to pay into a new unemployment insurance scheme which will put personal contribution at the heart of the welfare system. For the first time people who have worked hard and paid their taxes will receive a greater level of out of work support. The majority of people who work all their lives could end up with a £10,000 pot when they retire, providing a significant income boost considering the average pension pot is just £36,800.

  • 1 in 5 primary schools at risk of failing from 2016

  • Over 3,000 primary schools (20%) could fall below the government’s tough new minimum standards in reading and writing and maths in 2016. A “perfect storm” of challenges will see a number of head teachers retire, a continued drop off in local authority funding for primaries and the introduction of a new national curriculum and assessment systems, putting more pressure on teachers.

  • Policy Exchange appoints David Frum as new chairman

  • Policy Exchange is delighted to announce that David Frum, one of the leading thinkers and writers on public policy in the English-speaking world, is the new Chairman of Trustees of Policy Exchange. He succeeds Lord Finkelstein of Pinner, who is standing down at the end of his three year term.

  • David Rudlin wins the £250,000 Wolfson Economics Prize 2014

  • A Garden Cities Act should be introduced by the next government to enable existing towns and cities to bid for garden city status that will enable them to double in size, providing attractive new homes for thousands of people while preserving the countryside, according to the winner of the Wolfson Economics Prize 2014.

    David Rudlin of urban design and research consultancy URBED will be awarded the £250,000 Prize at a gala dinner and awards ceremony this evening in central London.

  • 40 new garden cities needed to meet housing demand, say Prize finalists

  • Today, the final submissions for the £250,000 Wolfson Economics Prize have been published. According to the finalists, as many as 40 new garden cities, each containing between 10,000 and 50,000 homes, should be built over the next 20 years if politicians are serious about solving Britain’s housing crisis.  

  • Government urged to turn around ‘sink’ estates within 10 years

  • Politicians from all parties should pledge to turn around the nation’s most deprived social housing estates within the next decade. The Estate We’re In highlights how decades of neglect and ghettoization have led to acute social problems and, using case studies to extract best practice, draws out the key lessons for policymakers in how to turn around the worst housing estates.

  • Reward “Green Guardians” with council tax rebate worth as much as £1,500 a year

  • A report released today by Policy Exchange calls for local authorities to consider rewarding people who volunteer their time to clean up and maintain their local parks, allotments and cemeteries with council tax rebates.  

  • Elected Mayors crucial if the North is to benefit from technology revolution

  • The government should put ‘rocket boosters’ under the idea of directly elected Mayors to ensure that all parts of the country are in a position to benefit from UK’s world class technology sector.

  • Poll shows large scale support for housebuilding to keep economy growing

  • To mark the deadline next Monday (11 August) for finalists’ submissions to this year’s £250,000 Wolfson Economics Prize, further research analysis released today shows that, by almost 3 to 1 (66% to 23%), Brits want more houses built to keep Britain’s economy growing. There was strong support among all income groups, ages and political persuasions.

  • Former Olympian, James Cracknell to lead Policy Exchange work on obesity and physical activity

  • Double Olympic gold medallist, James Cracknell, will today begin work on a new project for leading think tank Policy Exchange.