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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 ...

8 questions for Chris Leslie on productivity

Adam Memon - 25 September 2014 - Economy

At the Labour Party Conference in Manchester, I took part in a panel debate on Labour’s approach to manufacturing and business more generally. The panel included Chris Leslie, Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury who talked about Britain’s weak productivity and the need to find ways to increase it in ...

Either Miliband is stupid (he isn't) or he thinks we are

Tim Knox - 23 September 2014 - Tax

Ed Miliband has today pledged to increase spending on the NHS if successful in next year’s general election. Already costing £113bn in 2013/2014, the NHS has attracted much criticism regarding its inefficiency and expense.The Labour leader has explained that his party’s further increase in NHS spending will be funded by ...

Is the US priming the Saudi Oil Weapon?

Neil Barnett - 17 September 2014 - Energy

In March the Centre for Policy Studies published my paper, Deploying the Saudi Oil Weapon Against Russia. The report suggested that the best means of stopping Russian aggression in Ukraine was for Saudi Arabia to increase oil production and depress oil prices. The logic behind the strategy is that Russia ...

Bluff and bluster from the SNP

Tim Morgan - 15 September 2014 - Economy

In a paper released today, Oil, Finance and Pensions: why Scots should say No, leading economist Tim Morgan has identified three major risks in the event that the Scots vote “yes” to independence.In response to the report’s evidence, Scottish Finance Secretary John Swinney has attacked the credibility of its author, ...

Can satire beat real life?

Tim Knox - 12 September 2014 - Culture

I have just been sent, by Clapham Picturehouse, an invitation to “In Conversation with Russell Brand: a frank discussion between Russell Brand and the Guardian’s renowned journalist and commentator Owen Jones”.While it is wonderful that political debate, wherever it is on the political spectrum, is broadcast to a wide audience, ...

Illness as a career choice

Administrator CPS - 12 September 2014 - Social Policy

The author is a physician with a practice in the North-West.It is vital that those suffering from disabling health conditions are well supported by the welfare system. However it is my belief that in some cases well-meaning welfare provisions can end up having severe unintended consequences.As a physician I have ...

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 ...

Britain’s 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 ...

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