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  • UK ranked best place to start a business in Europe, but risks await for the UK economy

    UK ranked best place to start a business in Europe, but risks await for the UK economy

    Daniel Mahoney | | Economy
    The Legatum Institute has today published its annual prosperity index, which indicates that the UK is the best country in Europe to start a business. This follows a dramatic growth in the number of businesses being created last year, setting a record of over 580,000 in 2014 when the UK’s ...
  • Tax Credit Reform Should Focus On One Issue: The Marginal Rate

    Tax Credit Reform Should Focus On One Issue: The Marginal Rate

    James Pilditch | | Economy
    This article is taken from the CPS Economic Bulletin written by James Pilditch, Rupert Darwall and Tim Knox. To receive it by email before it is available online, sign up here. Widespread concern over the financial impact of the Government’s planned tax credit changes on Britain’s poorest workers is understandable. Although the ...
  • The Spending Review: Not out of the woods yet

    The Spending Review: Not out of the woods yet

    Adam Memon | | Economy
    This article is taken from the CPS Economic Bulletin. To receive the bulletin to your inbox before it is published online, subscribe here. Turmoil in financial markets across the world has shone a spotlight on the vulnerability of the UK to external shocks. In recent years, the UK economy has performed strongly in ...
  • Corbynomics is not fit for government

    Corbynomics is not fit for government

    Adam Memon | | Economy
    This article originally appeared on CapX. Jeremy Corbyn, who is now leader of the Labour Party, proposes what amounts to a government takeover of the British economy. It is an economic programme which is almost entirely ignorant of the success of free enterprise. On Wednesday, for example, the World Health Organisation ...
  • Eurozone structural reforms: a follow up

    Eurozone structural reforms: a follow up

    Madeleine Thornton | | Economy
    PortugalPortuguese austerity measures are ticking all of the right boxes: real GDP growth is forecast to be 1.5% for 2015 and 1.7% a year 2016-2019, the Government are repaying their loans ahead of schedule and the authorities’ short-term macroeconomic projections are in keeping with The European Commission’s 2015 spring forecast. ...
  • China's structural weaknesses

    China's structural weaknesses

    Madeleine Thornton | | Economy
    As the world’s second largest economy and the contributor of 15% of global GDP, the volume of discussion surrounding China’s market meltdown is warranted. With stocks down 8.5%, the Shanghai Composite’s worst single-day fall in since 2008, waves of uncertainty are rippling across the globe: the Japanese Nikkei fell by ...
  • People’s QE would be disastrous

    People’s QE would be disastrous

    Aatif Khan | | Economy
    Despite the proletarian name tag, the effects of PQE would lead to irreconcilable damage in U.K monetary policy and price stability. Scarcity is the lynchpin concept of economics, but it’s abolished in the domain of PQE. Richard Murphy, the architect of Corbynomics, plainly admits who pays for the additional investment ...
  • Corbynomics: A path to penury

    Corbynomics: A path to penury

    Adam Memon | | Economy
    This article is taken from the CPS Economic Bulletin. To receive the bulletin to your inbox before it is published online, subscribe here. The expansion of capitalism and free markets in recent decades has led to incredible economic and social progress; the fastest fall in extreme poverty in human history, rising ...
  • We Need to Build More Houses

    We Need to Build More Houses

    Aatif Khan | | Economy
    A consensus exists amongst all, politicians and public alike, in addressing the urgency of building more homes to cope with the rising need of the population, yet there has been a failure to translate this into credible public policy. Restrictions on land supply and the multi-tranche complexity of the planning ...
  • Heathrow needs another runway

    Heathrow needs another runway

    Aatif Khan | | Economy
    With the third largest aviation network in the world, after the US and China, it is urgent that development of Heathrow isn’t impeded any further. Congestion and tightening capacity continue to threaten British economic competiveness in finance and business. Since 1990, 12 UK airports have lost their direct links to ...
  • Don't just sit there, undo something - deregulate for growth

    Don't just sit there, undo something - deregulate for growth

    Adam Memon | | Economy
    At the Margaret Thatcher Conference on Liberty held last year, Arthur Laffer argued vociferously in favour of radical deregulation to boost economic growth. His message to the politicians assembled at the conference was, “Don’t Just Sit There, Undo Something.” Given the historic stagnation in productivity facing the UK, a new ...
  • UK economy surging ahead at 0.7%

    UK economy surging ahead at 0.7%

    Aatif Khan | | Economy
    UK GDP rose by 0.7% for the second quarter of 2015, matching most analysts’ and City expectations and nearly double than that of the previous quarter with a disappointing 0.4% expansion. In light of the newly-released figures, Lloyds bank accredited first quarter growth as temporary and if current growth rates ...
  • Seven taxes that should be abolished

    Seven taxes that should be abolished

    Adam Memon | | Economy
    Milton Friedman once argued that he was “in favour of cutting taxes under any circumstances and for any excuse, for any reason, whenever it's possible.” The reason, Friedman argued, was because the only effective way to hold down the size of the state is to hold down the amount of ...
  • Boost productivity with apprenticeships

    Boost productivity with apprenticeships

    Julia Routledge | | Economy
    Low productivity is the Achilles’ heel of the British economy. Despite vigorous growth and employment levels which have defied gravity, it still jeopardises a sustainable recovery and impedes the development of better living standards. Indeed, last week’s extensive Treasury report highlighted the fact that if the UK’s productivity were commensurate ...
  • A first steps budget

    A first steps budget

    Adam Memon | | Economy
    This article is taken from the CPS Economic Bulletin written by Adam Memon and Tim Knox. To receive it by email before it is available online, sign up here. “Productivity is the challenge of our time. It is what makes nations stronger, and families richer.” This first line of the Productivity Plan ...