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Blogs by Adam Memon

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

  • A hard-nosed look at health spending is the soft-hearted thing to do

    A hard-nosed look at health spending is the soft-hearted thing to do

    | Public Services
    Recent headlines about the NHS drugs policy possibly being refocused towards people who generate a “wider societal benefit” highlight the need to find better ways to manage taxpayer funded health expenditure.Some of the problems with this particular suggestion are explained by Melissa Kite. There’s something rather disconcerting about bureaucrats ranking ...
  • Productivity’s Lost Decade – And How To Avoid Another

    Productivity’s Lost Decade – And How To Avoid Another

    | Economy
    This article is an excerpt from our Growth Bulletin, written by Adam Memon, Brian Sturgess and Tim Knox. To read the full article, click here. To sign up for our mailings, use the form on the left of our newsletter page.Without improvements to productivity, economic growth will slow also. Stronger productivity is the ...
  • Ed Miliband is no Margaret Thatcher

    Ed Miliband is no Margaret Thatcher

    | Politics
    Having already declared himself the successor to Benjamin Disraeli, Ed Miliband has apparently now stated his intention to follow the example of Margaret Thatcher. Miliband’s socialism is the antithesis of the philosophy of individual freedom, small government and national sovereignty which Margaret Thatcher espoused. Such a comparison, whether it is ...
  • Raising the Personal Allowance helps lower earners AND the middle class

    Raising the Personal Allowance helps lower earners AND the middle class

    | Economy
    There have been increasing calls from some in the Conservative Party to ‘ease the squeeze’ on the middle classes by rolling back the 40% income tax threshold. The case made in the Spectator by Nick de Bois MP is that the Government’s centrepiece tax reform of increasing the personal allowance ...
  • Will Bob Crow pay us back our £200 million?

    Will Bob Crow pay us back our £200 million?

    | Politics
    Despite valiant efforts to mitigate the impact, the upcoming tube strikes will undoubtedly damage London’s economy. A small number of commuters may not be able to make it into work at all and many will be late arriving because of longer tube journeys or having to take replacement bus services ...
  • The Green Council Tax Deception

    The Green Council Tax Deception

    | Economy
    The Green run council of Brighton and Hove is planning a referendum on a 4.75% rise in the council tax that it levies on its constituents. Instead of looking for ways to save money as so many other councils have done, the Greens want to raise council tax to pay ...
  • On the economy, Labour has been wrong, wrong and wrong again

    On the economy, Labour has been wrong, wrong and wrong again

    | Economy
    Today’s PMQs will probably be more awkward than usual for Ed Miliband. Last week’s excellent labour market figures combined with yesterday’s good GDP figures have added to the pressure on Miliband to come up with a credible, coherent economic plan. This is increasingly urgent because the reality is that on ...
  • Good GDP figures but let’s not get carried away

    Good GDP figures but let’s not get carried away

    | Economy
    Today’s quarterly GDP figures are encouraging but we must remember that we still have far to go before we can truly say that the economy has recovered. Q4 GDP growth of 0.7% is good, especially considering the average of quarterly growth figures since the beginning of 2008 is -0.04%.The figure ...
  • If Miliband’s Labour party is pro-business, what does anti-business look like?

    If Miliband’s Labour party is pro-business, what does anti-business look like?

    | Economy
    Despite his protestations on the Andrew Marr show yesterday, Ed Balls’ call for the reintroduction of the 50% income tax rate is just the latest in a line of self-defeating and anti-business proposals. His rather glib line that “this is not an anti-business agenda… this is an anti-business as usual ...
  • Britain’s labour market is outperforming America’s

    Britain’s labour market is outperforming America’s

    | Economy
    Today’s extremely positive labour market figures show employment increasing by a massive 280,000 over the last three months and the unemployment rate falling from 7.4% to 7.1%. What is also interesting to note is that on a relative basis Britain’s labour market is outperforming America’s. On the employment rate, employment ...
  • Miliband’s missing millions

    Miliband’s missing millions

    | Economy
    Tim Montgomerie tweeted last week about the inconsistency of Labour’s support for bank bonus taxes and their support for caps on those same bonuses. Many of Labour’s spending commitments such as extra childcare and their “Youth Jobs Guarantee” are supposedly to be funded from the reintroduction of the tax on ...
  • Miliband is no saviour of the middle class

    Miliband is no saviour of the middle class

    | Economy
    Taxes and inflation are two of the key issues facing the middle class. Yet in today’s Daily Telegraph, Ed Miliband fails to propose any convincing ideas to cut taxes and consider the effect on the middle class of extraordinary monetary policy over the past 5 years. Proclaiming himself the saviour ...
  • What is Child Benefit actually spent on?

    What is Child Benefit actually spent on?

    | Economy
    Much of the recent debate over Child Benefit surrounds the Government’s recent means-testing for higher rate taxpayers. The need to reduce the budget deficit, the consequences for work incentives and relief for families are all issues that have been discussed. One issue that has not really been covered is what ...
  • Remembrance Sunday is not a time for student politics

    Remembrance Sunday is not a time for student politics

    | Politics
    Remembrance Sunday is the one day of the year when we stand together to honour the millions of British and Commonwealth men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. We remember the families of those who were killed; we remember those who were maimed and injured in ...
  • Why targeting 0.7% of GDP is nonsense

    Why targeting 0.7% of GDP is nonsense

    | Foreign Policy
    For a goal which has proved so persistent, it is astonishing that the intellectual basis for the 0.7% of GDP target for foreign aid is so weak.The target was endorsed by the UN General Assembly in 1970 in response to a recommendation from the Pearson Commission on International Development. It ...