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Tim Leunig

Chief Economist

Tim is Onward’s part-time Chief Economist. He served as a senior UK government adviser for a decade, including as an Economic Adviser to two Chancellors, Senior Policy Adviser to six other cabinet ministers, and Chief Analyst and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Department for Education. He invented the UK’s furlough scheme, the National Funding Formula for England’s schools, and “Progress 8”, the method for evaluating secondary schools. In the Autumn of 2023, he was the Prime Minister’s Education Adviser. He has taught at the London School of Economics for 25 years and is a multiple international prize-winning economist. He is also a Director of economics at Public First.

The Telegraph

Raise council tax to fix policing, says think tank

The Telegraph discusses Onward's Back to Basics report that urged the Government to scrap the current £13 cap on council tax increases to allow local authorities to support further policing.

The Yorkshire Post

Raise taxes by 45p a week to fund thousands of community police, think tank urges

The Yorkshire Post covered Onward's Back to Basics plan to rebuild local policing across England and Wales.

Daily Mail

Home Secretary welcomes the idea of an extra 19,000 bobbies on the beat to restore neighbourhood policing

Onward's report 'Back to Basics' is highlighted in a Daily Mail article on restoring neighbourhood policing.

City AM

Onward's Deputy Director Adam Hawksbee discusses parental responsibility in CityAM.

City AM

Senior Researcher Jenevieve Treadwell discusses why immigration will be a problem for both the Conservatives and Labour in the upcoming election in City AM.

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