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The reform of business tax - how you can help me

David Martin - 31 October 2014 - Tax Simplifier

David Martin enjoyed a career spanning 23 years as a tax lawyer within a large City Law Firm, latterly as Head of the Tax Department, before retiring in 2002. During that time he advised both company and individual clients. In a new series of four blogs, he looks at simplification ...

Saudi oil – the secret weapon against Russian encroachment

Neil Barnett - 29 October 2014 - Foreign Policy

This article was an exclusive for CapX.As oil prices remain depressed, my Centre for Policy Studies paper from March, ‘Deploying the Saudi Oil Weapon’, appears prescient. The aim of this article, however, is not to crow, but to examine the reasons for falling oil prices, and to look at why we need ...

What dandruff can teach us about funding the NHS

Jesse Norman MP - 29 October 2014 - Healthcare

This article originally appeared in the Financial Times on 28 October 2014.The National Health Service has a problem with dandruff. In 2012 PharmaTimes, a trade magazine, reported that NHS family doctors were fielding 40,000 visits a year from patients complaining of nothing more threatening than an ...

Patent Privateering - Patents as weapons

Thibault Schrepel - 28 October 2014 - Economy

In the late 16th century, Queen Elizabeth I of England commissioned Francis Drake to sail for America. The Queen asked him to plunder Spanish vessels on his way there. Francis Drake became a pirate commissioned by the crown. This type of "legal" pirate was called a "privateer." They allowed nations ...

Legal Aid Cuts - A Penny For Chris Grayling’s Thoughts

Matthew Rees - 28 October 2014 - General

There have been a number of recent developments in the ongoing debate about cuts in legal aid. September saw the High Court rule that the consultation process for plans to cut criminal legal aid was unlawful on the grounds of procedural unfairness. Last Wednesday a retired judge joined the growing ...

Business tax reform - considering the problems and risks

David Martin - 27 October 2014 - Tax Simplifier

David Martin enjoyed a career spanning 23 years as a tax lawyer within a large City Law Firm, latterly as Head of the Tax Department, before retiring in 2002. During that time he advised both company and individual clients. In a new series of four blogs, he looks at simplification ...

Why the Bank of England will be wrong again on wages

Adam Memon - 27 October 2014 - Economy

This article is taken from the CPS Economic Bulletin, written by Adam Memon and Tim Knox. To sign up for our weekly mailings, use the form on the left of our newsletter page.Out of all the major measures of economic performance, real wages have been one of the most important measures to ...

Sure start doesn't work - but synthetic phonics can

Tom Burkard - 27 October 2014 - Public Services

A report just released to the House of Lords found that the Sure Start nursery programme has failed to make an impact on educational disadvantage. Although children who participated between 2002 and 2007 made modest gains by the time they started school, by 11 these had disappeared completely.Considering the American ...

Occupy London: giving civil liberties a bad name

Matthew Rees - 23 October 2014 - Politics

Anyone who has walked out of Westminster tube station this week may well have been greeted with the sight of protesters, makeshift fences and a sizeable police presence in Parliament Square. Many of these protesters have responded to calls from 'Occupy London', a movement which describes itself as representing the “UK ...

The Tax Base For Business - Profit

David Martin - 23 October 2014 - Tax Simplifier

David Martin enjoyed a career spanning 23 years as a tax lawyer within a large City Law Firm, latterly as Head of the Tax Department, before retiring in 2002. During that time he advised both company and individual clients. In a new series of four blogs, he looks at simplification ...

There is no magic money tree

Adam Memon - 21 October 2014 - Economy

“Britain needs a pay rise” according to a TUC march held on Saturday. It is certainly the case that there has been a painful squeeze in real wages across the economy. However, Saturday’s march was largely calling for increases in public sector pay rather than the productivity boosting changes to ...

Tax reform - taxing a business

David Martin - 20 October 2014 - Tax Simplifier

David Martin enjoyed a career spanning 23 years as a tax lawyer within a large City Law Firm, latterly as Head of the Tax Department, before retiring in 2002. During that time he advised both company and individual clients. In a new series of four blogs, he looks at simplification ...

“Accelerated Payment Notices” – HMRC as Judge, Jury and Executioner

Matthew Rees - 14 October 2014 - Tax

In September 2014, HMRC issued the first wave of “Accelerated Payment Notices” (APNs) to around 2,500 individuals suspected of entering into what it calls “unacceptable tax avoidance schemes,” and will issue a further 43,000 notices over the next 18 months in an attempt to recover an estimated £7.1 ...

Massive tax cuts? Give me a break..

Chris Brownlee - 03 October 2014 -

At the Conservative party conference this week David Cameron announced that he would be cutting taxes for 30 million people. He pledged to do this by raising the tax-free allowance from £10,500 to £12,500, whilst also increasing the threshold for the 40p income tax rate from £41,900 to £50,000 by ...

Put retirement saving above politics

Michael Johnson - 02 October 2014 - Economy

The case for an independent Savings CommissionerJohn McTernan, former political secretary to Tony Blair, recently commented that, in the aftermath of the Budget, without consultation, the entire structure of the British pension settlement was torn up by the Chancellor…..it is the death of private pensions, it is the death of ...

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