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Blogs by Alexander Fiuza

  • A Prospectus for Boosting Productivity

    A Prospectus for Boosting Productivity

    | Productivity
    It is uncontroversial that the UK has been burdened with low productivity growth. In fact, productivity only returned to its pre-2008 level in the second quarter of 2016, meaning productivity growth has been 17% below the pre-2008 trend. This has important repercussions, because productivity is a vital part of the ...
  • Time to Consolidate Government Departments?

    Time to Consolidate Government Departments?

    | Fiscal Policy
    The government is committed to seeking better value for money, but an obvious source of common-sense savings has been ignored. There are 25 ministerial departments in the government, far more than is necessary; in 1980 the government had far more power, but there were only 18 departments. Many perform roles ...
  • The Shale Revolution Comes to Nottinghamshire

    The Shale Revolution Comes to Nottinghamshire

    | Energy
    In the land where the apocryphal Robin Hood once harried a Sherriff, a new chapter of British history is being written. Nottinghamshire County Council recently approved a planning application by IGas  to drill exploratory shale gas wells. If they are found to be viable then IGas will seek to tap ...
  • Balancing the Budget Should Remain a Priority after the Autumn Statement

    Balancing the Budget Should Remain a Priority after the Autumn Statement

    | Economy
    When Philip Hammond was appointed Chancellor of the Exchequer and signalled that he was dropping Osborne’s targets, there was much talk of an end to austerity. Parts of the media portrayed it as a repudiation of austerity’s goals, rather than a recognition that the targets wouldn’t be met. The government ...