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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.

  • Jobcentres in need of radical reform, says think tank

  • Jobcentres are failing to help people find long-term work and should be restructured under new plans that will enable private companies and charities to compete with government providers to offer more personalised and specialist support to jobseekers.

  • Let overseas generators compete for UK energy subsidies to bring down household bills

  • A report published today by leading think tank Policy Exchange encourages the government to open up the new capacity market to overseas power stations. The electricity would then supply the British market via undersea power cables - interconnectors.

  • Companies urged to sign up to ‘start-up superstar’ scheme to boost entrepreneurship

  • As part of its Technology Manifesto, launched today in association with EMC and Google, leading think tank Policy Exchange says that a ‘start-up superstar’ scheme run by the UK’s leading companies would pay at least one graduate recruit a year to try and set up his or her own business rather than come to work. The employer would take an equity stake in the start-up and would guarantee a job for the graduate should the start-up fail within two years. Major public sector bodies such as the Civil Service Fast Stream and the BBC should also be encouraged to participate.