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The Green attack on home ownership

Adam Memon - 19 December 2014 - Public Services

The Green run council in Brighton and Hove has voted to apply for an exemption from the Right to Buy policy. As I argued on the Today programme on Radio 4 this week with Bill Randall, the Chair of the Housing Committee of the council, this would be a terribly ...

3 more charts for Ed Miliband

Adam Memon - 18 December 2014 - Economy

Last week, Ed Miliband gave a speech outlining his response to the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement. It was an attempt to repair the damage caused by his disastrous conference speech and to reduce the Conservative lead in the polls for economic credibility.In his speech, Miliband accepted that deficit reduction was necessary for economic ...

Saudi Oil Weapon Bites On Russiaís Strategic Projects

Neil Barnett - 12 December 2014 - Foreign Policy

As I have argued since March, a Saudi-US policy of depressing oil prices combined with sanctions is the best way to push back at Russian revanchism. Recent updates have followed the arrival of these falling prices, but this update looks at the tangible effects of the policy.The effect on the ...

8 myths about spending cuts

Adam Memon - 11 December 2014 - Economy

1. Spending cuts will take us back to the 1930sIn the immediate aftermath of the Autumn Statement, much of the criticism came from those decrying the fact that total public spending will be 35.2% of GDP by 2020. Mark Ferguson over on LabourList called it a “nightmare vision” which would take ...

Are the impending cuts colossal? Maybe. Essential? Yes

Adam Memon - 05 December 2014 - Economy

Over the last 18 months, the recovery has gained strength with economic growth accelerating and unemployment falling sharply. However the context in which the Chancellor delivered his Autumn Statement speech yesterday was far less rosy. Borrowing from April to October this year was £64.1 billion, an increase of £3.7 billion ...

A change of approach needed in IPCC reports

Jonny Buzzing - 02 December 2014 - Environment

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recently revealed that it is now “extremely likely” that humans are to blame for more than 50% of the increase in global average surface temperature in the last 60 years, which has resulted in the hottest 30 year period in the Northern Hemisphere ...

Pensions regulation: governance to the fore?

Michael Johnson - 01 December 2014 - Economy

During the second reading of the Pension Schemes Bill, Steve Webb, the pensions minister, told the House of Commons that the complexities of drawing up the Bill had made him “more sympathetic” to there being a single pensions regulator. Today there are two: The Pensions Regulator (TPR) and the Financial ...

Grand Bargain on Roaming is Possible

Adam Memon - 28 November 2014 - Economy

Mobile technology is essential for the British economy. It is right that universal mobile access should be recognised as a key part of national infrastructure. Calling and texting is now not only essential for business but also in everyday personal life. However these services are not guaranteed for people living ...

Hunting Schools

Benjamin Judge - 26 November 2014 - Education

This week, Dr. Beaumont des Crayeres, also known as Dr. Tristam Hunt, launched a vintage attack on Britain’s independent schools. Under a Labour government post 2015, independent schools will be required to meet a “schools partnership standard” or else be denied the business rates tax relief they currently enjoy.It was ...

The Airbnb economy: A battle Britain must win

Adam Memon - 21 November 2014 - Economy

This article is taken from the CPS Economic Bulletin, written by Adam Memon, Jan Zeber and Tim Knox. To sign up for our weekly mailings, use the form on the left of our newsletter page.P2P Markets When Democratic New York Senator, Liz Kruger was asked in an interview why she is against her constituents using ...

Gordon Brown was right. Free Channel 4 from the State

Adam Memon - 20 November 2014 - Public Services

Yesterday evening, I attended a pre-screening of episode one of the new series of Channel 4’s documentary ‘Skint’. The series, which covers the lives of people living in quite difficult conditions in Grimsby, is due to air on Monday night and I heartily recommend watching it. Indeed, Channel 4 has ...

Donít Get Too Excited about the Benefits Tourism Ruling

Matthew Rees - 13 November 2014 - Economy

On Tuesday the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) handed down a widely-praised judgment limiting so-called ‘benefits tourism.’ The case concerned a Romanian migrant’s unsuccessful claim to the German equivalent of the Jobseeker’s Allowance. In short, the CJEU confirmed that EU member states are not obliged to grant ...

Ed Miliband's Relaunch: Zero Credibility, Zero Ideas

Adam Memon - 13 November 2014 - Politics

Ed Miliband’s latest leadership relaunch today was unfortunately devoid of any new ideas or credibility. His speech, based on the idea that Britain has become a zero-zero economy, shows that he understands neither poverty nor prosperity.Follow @CPSThinkTankMiliband’s proposals on the minimum wage and zero-hours ...

6 studies that demonstrate why small government is best

Lewis Brown - 12 November 2014 - Economy

Support for rational evidence based policy making is in short supply at the Home Office, according to recently-departed Liberal Democrat Minister Norman Baker MP.It is a familiar call – that ideological politicians and policymakers push aside their prejudice and instead follow the proven evidence of what works, as if it's ...

Rail Re-nationalisation: not the solution for passengers

Josh Boyle - 12 November 2014 - Economy

The rising cost of rail transport has become something of a running sore for governments of all stripes since 2004. In that year new regulation was introduced that set annual rail fare rises at RPI inflation plus one per cent. This has led to inevitable bad headlines, with “the Squeezed ...

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