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DEFRA should be bold on water security

Adam Memon - 15 August 2014 - Environment

As a result of falling water levels and reduced quality, it is now no longer possible to think of water as a permanently and immediately available resource. In our latest Growth Bulletin, “Britain must act on water security”, we argued that DEFRA can increase UK water security through radical reforms ...

What else could go on the bonfire?

Administrator CPS - 08 August 2014 - Politics

CPS Intern Sam Packer looks at the QUANGOs that survived the Coalition's 'bonfire' that are prime candidates for a second cull. When the coalition government came to office in 2010 they pledged a “bonfire of the quangos.” Nonetheless 339 extra-governmental “agencies and other public bodies” remain. These agencies are seemingly incredible ...

Britainís Women Problem

Emma Foley - 30 July 2014 - Economy

ONS data show that the average wage earned by a woman in 2013 was 19.7% lower than that of a man. Given that it has been forty years since the Equal Pay Act came into force, this is a shocking and somewhat absurd statistic. Naturally, the disparity in earnings between ...

Britain must act on water security

Angeliki Terpou - 28 July 2014 - Energy

This article is an excerpt from the CPS Growth Bulletin, written by Adam Memon, Angeliki Terpou and Tim Knox. To read the full article, click here. To sign up for our mailings, use the form on the left of our newsletter page.Water security is defined as having sustained, reliable and safe access to ...

Labour apply same old tactics to the Premier League

Lewis Brown - 24 July 2014 - Politics

One of my favourite pointless debates in football is about the best own goal ever scored.  There are a number of candidates: Frank Sinclair and Jamie Carragher were masters of putting the ball in their own net, Peter Enckelman missing the ball completely against hated rivals Birmingham, Djimi Traore’s beautiful ...

Lib Dem reversal on the 'bedroom tax' should worry welfare reform supporters

Adam Memon - 23 July 2014 - Economy

This article originally appeared in City A.M. on Thursday 17 July 2014. The Lib Dems announced yesterday that they are heavily watering down their support for the “bedroom tax” – or more accurately, the Under-Occupancy Charge. The policy cuts housing benefit payments by 14 per cent for households with one spare ...

Liberty tax avoidance shows need for freedom from complexity

David Martin - 10 July 2014 -

Last year the Tax Simplifier series of blogs described the UK tax system in less than glowing terms. The last in the series said that reform should mean refocusing on the commercial and economic effects of what people do, and levying tax accordingly.The publicity given this week to the more ...

Pay restraint now, performance pay next

Adam Memon - 09 July 2014 - Economy

Tomorrow, teachers and many others will strike in protest at the 1% cap on public sector pay rises. The strike will cause inconvenience for thousands of parents but ultimately the Government will hold the line on the pay growth cap. Given the fiscal situation, it is an unavoidable reality that ...

Tech, not taxes, will save us

Lewis Brown - 08 July 2014 - Environment

This year we commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. It is also 100 years since the birth of Norman Borlaug, the father of the Green Revolution and quite probably the man who saved a billion lives.There are many who argue persuasively that our environmental problems ...

Austerity and the Productivity Puzzle

Lewis Brown - 07 July 2014 - Economy

This article originally appeared in the University of Warwick's Lacuna magazine as a contribution to a series on 'Austerity and Prosperity'.I have a problem with austerity. My problem lies not with the modest programme of spending restraint being carried out by Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne in the United Kingdom ...

What can Cicero teach todayís politicians?

Benjamin Judge - 04 July 2014 - Constitution & Democracy

Written in 64 B.C., Commentariolum Petitionis is a letter from Quintus Tullius Cicero to his brother Marcus outlining how to win an election in his bid for Consulship. In 2015 A.D. both the Conservative Party and the Labour Party will face a challenging but potentially winnable election. What can the ...

#Liberty2014 - Freedom and Democracy

V. S. Naipaul - 03 July 2014 - Constitution & Democracy

Sir V.S. Naipaul, Britain's only living Nobel Prize-winner for Literature, opened the Margaret Thatcher Conference on Liberty with a speech on freedom and democracy. Freedom and Democracy are words which are hard to avoid in any discussion of the principles of government. They are easy enough to understand, but hard to ...

A bigger economy is good for the environment

Adam Memon - 02 July 2014 - Environment

One of the most interesting data sets in the Environmental Accounts published today by the ONS is one showing the intensity of carbon dioxide emissions ie the level of emissions per unit of economic output.In 1997, for every one million pounds of economic output, the UK emitted 610 tonnes (or ...

Boost innovation to grow productivity

Adam Memon - 01 July 2014 - Economy

The latest ONS figures released today unfortunately show another fall in labour productivity as output per hour fell by 0.1% over Q1 2014. As we expected in a previous Growth Bulletin, the small but positive growth in productivity in Q4 2013 has therefore proven to be a false dawn. As ...

Collective DC pensions: Suspect and superfluous

Michael Johnson - 01 July 2014 - Economy

This article first appeared in CSFI’s Financial World magazine, 1 July 2014.  This year politicians have promoted pensions to top billing, with both the recent Budget and the subsequent Queen’s Speech containing pensions-related initiatives. But the response to them could hardly have been more different. The Budget’s liberalisation concerning ...

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