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Blogs by Adam Memon

Adam joined the Centre for Policy Studies as Head of Economic Research in January 2014. 

  • Some errors in Labour’s rebuttal dossier

    Some errors in Labour’s rebuttal dossier

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    Last week’s release of the analysis of Labour spending pledges prompted the party to publish its own document in response. This new document inevitably contains a number of errors. In particular, it repeatedly confuses “millions” for “billions” in its costings on page 14.  Here are a few other examples: Page 1: ...
  • Labour's poster is plainly wrong

    Labour's poster is plainly wrong

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    Labour’s new poster which claims that the Conservatives are planning “to cut spending on public services back to the levels of the 1930s” is objectively wrong. The OBR clearly states on page 148 of the Economic and Fiscal Outlook that day-to-day spending on public services in 2019/20 will be at ...
  • The Green attack on home ownership

    The Green attack on home ownership

    | Public Services
    The Green run council in Brighton and Hove has voted to apply for an exemption from the Right to Buy policy. As I argued on the Today programme on Radio 4 this week with Bill Randall, the Chair of the Housing Committee of the council, this would be a terribly ...
  • 3 more charts for Ed Miliband

    3 more charts for Ed Miliband

    | Economy
    Last week, Ed Miliband gave a speech outlining his response to the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement. It was an attempt to repair the damage caused by his disastrous conference speech and to reduce the Conservative lead in the polls for economic credibility.In his speech, Miliband accepted that deficit reduction was necessary for economic ...
  • 8 myths about spending cuts

    8 myths about spending cuts

    | Economy
    1. Spending cuts will take us back to the 1930sIn the immediate aftermath of the Autumn Statement, much of the criticism came from those decrying the fact that total public spending will be 35.2% of GDP by 2020. Mark Ferguson over on LabourList called it a “nightmare vision” which would take ...
  • Are the impending cuts colossal? Maybe. Essential? Yes

    Are the impending cuts colossal? Maybe. Essential? Yes

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    Over the last 18 months, the recovery has gained strength with economic growth accelerating and unemployment falling sharply. However the context in which the Chancellor delivered his Autumn Statement speech yesterday was far less rosy. Borrowing from April to October this year was £64.1 billion, an increase of £3.7 billion ...
  • Grand Bargain on Roaming is Possible

    Grand Bargain on Roaming is Possible

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    Mobile technology is essential for the British economy. It is right that universal mobile access should be recognised as a key part of national infrastructure. Calling and texting is now not only essential for business but also in everyday personal life. However these services are not guaranteed for people living ...
  • The Airbnb economy: A battle Britain must win

    The Airbnb economy: A battle Britain must win

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    This article is taken from the CPS Economic Bulletin, written by Adam Memon, Jan Zeber and Tim Knox. To sign up for our weekly mailings, use the form on the left of our newsletter page.P2P Markets When Democratic New York Senator, Liz Kruger was asked in an interview why she is against her constituents using ...
  • Gordon Brown was right. Free Channel 4 from the State

    Gordon Brown was right. Free Channel 4 from the State

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    Yesterday evening, I attended a pre-screening of episode one of the new series of Channel 4’s documentary ‘Skint’. The series, which covers the lives of people living in quite difficult conditions in Grimsby, is due to air on Monday night and I heartily recommend watching it. Indeed, Channel 4 has ...
  • Ed Miliband's Relaunch: Zero Credibility, Zero Ideas

    Ed Miliband's Relaunch: Zero Credibility, Zero Ideas

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    Ed Miliband’s latest leadership relaunch today was unfortunately devoid of any new ideas or credibility. His speech, based on the idea that Britain has become a zero-zero economy, shows that he understands neither poverty nor prosperity.Follow @CPSThinkTankMiliband’s proposals on the minimum wage and zero-hours ...
  • Why the Bank of England will be wrong again on wages

    Why the Bank of England will be wrong again on wages

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    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 ...
  • There is no magic money tree

    There is no magic money tree

    | 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 ...
  • 8 questions for Chris Leslie on productivity

    8 questions for Chris Leslie on productivity

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    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 ...
  • DEFRA should be bold on water security

    DEFRA should be bold on water security

    | 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 ...
  • Lib Dem reversal on the 'bedroom tax' should worry welfare reform supporters

    Lib Dem reversal on the 'bedroom tax' should worry welfare reform supporters

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    This article originally appeared in City A.M. on Thursday 17 July 2014. The Lib Dems announced yesterday that they are heavily watering down their support for the “bedroom tax” – or more accurately, the Under-Occupancy Charge. The policy cuts housing benefit payments by 14 per cent for households with one spare ...