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A Friend in Need

Type: ReportsWritten by Timothy Evans | Friday 23 November 1990

Based on the ideas of Labour MP Frank Field, this report suggests steps toward localization of welfare services through the old Friendly Societies system, rather than the modern state-centered organization. In a bold move away from his party, Field recognized the problems of the state controlled system and the benefits that market forces and local control could incur on the system proposal. In the move back to the Friendly Societies, unemployment benefits would be dispensed locally with specialized services specific to communities, giving customers options of moving to Societies which benefit them most - increasing level of service for all through competition. This report finally concludes that such a change could improve not only the UK, but services across Europe as the trends of competetiveness spread.

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A Moving Experience

Type: ReportsWritten by Edward Brooks | Friday 23 November 1990

Edward Brooks says the English house-selling system is archaic, costly, slow, and nerve-racking for all concerned. His solution? Binding contracts, house logbooks, searches done by vendors before the house is put on the market - and a second-hand market in houses.

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Why Not Work

Type: ReportsWritten by Ralph Howell | Monday 05 August 1991

"To offer people the chance to work and contribute their bit to the community must be better than trapping them in a depressing state of enforced idleness that leaves them less and less able to get back to work." So wrote Ralph Howell in 1991. Following on from Why Unemployment, he argues for radical changes to the welfare system so people can get back to work.

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An Arresting Idea

Type: ReportsWritten by Tim Evans, Nicholas Elliott & Simon McIlwaine | Tuesday 26 November 1991

At the centre of the problem for the Police Service is the fact that while the crime rate appears to rise inexorably, local authorities and central government have to operate within an economic framework of financial restraint. Resource allocation to the police therefore not only implies difficult decisions, but is further complicated because the business of evaluating the success of the police is an imprecise and highly subjective matter.
The Police Service with its monopolistic, un–competitive structure, operates all too easily in an environment where there is little or no yardstick for comparison against alternatives. This report looks at the different ways that crime is combatted. It also argues that a return to local policing is the way forward to fight the rising levels of crime with the major restructuring of the police serivce giving rise to greater service evaluation, improved efficiency and a more flexible response to the increasing market demand for choice.

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Rethinking the Environment

Type: ReportsWritten by Russell Lewis et al. | Thursday 13 August 1992

An excellent collection of free market initiatives from across the public policy world in dealing with a variety of environmental problems.

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An Act Against Trade

Type: ReportsWritten by Dr Barry Bracewell-Milnes | Monday 23 November 1992

UK Tax Prejudice Against Trading Abroad: The Problem of Surplus ACT and its Solution.

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Blueprint for a Revolution

Type: ReportsWritten by Dr Madsen Pirie | Monday 23 November 1992

A complete guide through the theory, strategy, and record of rolling back the state in the UK - privatization, internal markets in health education, making executive agencies more independent, and the Citizen's Charter.

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Judgement Day

Type: ReportsWritten by Adam Thierer | Monday 23 November 1992

Our courts our slow, outdated, and costly. Adam Thierer shows how people in the US have abandoned them for private arbitration: and how the state and federal courts have had to accommodate this change. A model for modernising the court service in the United Kingdom and elsewhere?

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Privatization in the Nineties

Type: ReportsWritten by Dr Eamonn Butler et al. | Monday 23 November 1992

Privatization can spread wealth and reduce budget deficits in post-communist and developing countries, say contributors to the Sixth London Conference on Privatization, including Guy de Selliers,Eduardo Modiano, Ibrahim Elwan & Ustun Sanver.

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Wood for the Trees

Type: ReportsWritten by Douglas Mason | Monday 23 November 1992

The privatization of the Forestry Commission and the reasons why are looked into by Douglas Mason. He looks closely at the history of the Forestry Commission and the reasons as to why they have failed in all areas to make state owned forestry viable. He highlights one area, visitors to the forests, as the only one if run properly by the State that could be profitable, though the need for change exists. Douglas Mason also looks at how the privatization could be pushed through and how best to protect the forests under the private sector.

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