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The £13.8 Billion Hole in the Scottish Budget

The £13.8 Billion Hole in the Scottish Budget

Tim Morgan - Economy

Leading economist Tim Morgan identifies three major risks in the event that the Scots vote “yes” to independence.

Introducing the Lifetime ISA

Introducing the Lifetime ISA

Michael Johnson - Economy

Michael Johnson suggests the Chancellor’s new ISAs do not go far enough to kick-start a savings culture.

Abolishing the innovation poll tax

Abolishing the innovation poll tax

Adam Memon - Economy

Adam Memon calls for supply-side reforms to the patent process which will reduce the barriers to innovation.

Falling Dependency But Still Too High

Falling Dependency But Still Too High

Adam Memon and Tim Knox - Economy

The latest ONS data release on the effects of taxes and benefits on household income show that 52% of households are receiving more in benefits than they pay in taxes.

The Road from Serfdom

The Road from Serfdom

Lord Saatchi - Economy

Lord Saatchi, originator of proposals for a £10,000 income tax threshold, puts forward a new Policy, designed to have similar impact to 'Right to Buy'.

Why the 11th of June Will Be a Difficult Day for the Coalition

Why the 11th of June Will Be a Difficult Day for the Coalition

Adam Memon & Tim Knox - Economy

Whilst this week’s labour market figures contained good news for employment, there are clear signs that the data to be released on the 11th June could be disappointing.

SuperEntrepreneurs – and how your country can get them

SuperEntrepreneurs – and how your country can get them

Timo & Nima Sanandaji - Economy

The backgrounds of 1,000 self-made men and women who have earned at least $1 billion dollars are examined by Tino and Nima Sanandaji.

Retirement Savings Incentives

Retirement Savings Incentives

Michael Johnson - Economy

Retirement saving incentives are an ineffective, and inequitable, use of Treasury funds. They have failed to catalyse a broad-based savings culture.

Productivity is Still the Key Weakness

Productivity is Still the Key Weakness

Adam Memon & Tim Knox - Economy

Permanently weaker productivity is not inevitable – the Government can still take more action to boost productivity through reforms alongside refreshed competition and infrastructure policies.

A Norma Desmond Budget

A Norma Desmond Budget

Adam Memon & Tim Knox - Economy

Norma Desmond’s retort in Sunset Boulevard (“You used to be in silent pictures. You used to be big”. Norma Desmond: “I am big. It's the pictures that got small”) might also apply to recent budgets..

Not Paved With Gold

Not Paved With Gold

Brian Sturgess - Economy

The widely held assumption that high government expenditure can have a positive impact on GDP growth is challenged by Brian Sturgess.

The Tidal Wave of Regulation

The Tidal Wave of Regulation

Adam Memon & Tim Knox - Economy

Unless tougher action is taken, the overall cost of regulation to British businesses at the end of this Parliament will be higher than at the beginning.

Ease the Squeeze: tax cutting priorities in an age of austerity

Ease the Squeeze: tax cutting priorities in an age of austerity

Dominic Raab MP - Economy

Dominic Raab MP calls for a strategic pledge to cut the overall tax burden in the 2015-20 Parliament.

The Local Government Pension Scheme: opportunity knocks

The Local Government Pension Scheme: opportunity knocks

Michael Johnson - Economy

Leading pensions analyst Michael Johnson on the failure of governance in the local government pension scheme.

Aggregation is the key

Aggregation is the key

Michael Johnson - Economy

Automatic consolidation of pension pots and other retirement savings would help deliver economies of scale to the individual, leading to higher incomes in retirement, greater customer control over their own assets & lower welfare costs.