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  • A welcome and Thatcherite Budget...at times. More please!

    A welcome and Thatcherite Budget...at times. More please!

    Adam Memon | | Economy
    Today the Chancellor needed to carry out pro-growth supply side reforms as well as ease the burden on lower and middle income households whilst keeping to the programme of deficit reduction. To a surprisingly large extent, because of the radical savings and pension reform, more income tax cuts and boost ...
  • Why the government needs to give services room to grow

    Why the government needs to give services room to grow

    Brian Sturgess | | Economy
    It is close to a certainty that the Chancellor George Osborne will talk about a budget for growth tomorrow to help maintain the momentum of the country’s economic recovery. We pointed out recently that despite the overall fragility of the economic recovery in the UK, measured in terms of GDP ...
  • Budget: 101 policies to boost productivity

    Budget: 101 policies to boost productivity

    Adam Memon | | Economy
    In the Budget tomorrow, the Chancellor will aim to carry out pro-growth reforms and ease the burden on households at the same time as sticking to the fiscal framework of deficit reduction that he has previously announced. It is therefore essential that he implements policies to improve the UK’s weak ...
  • Mothers should be free to choose

    Mothers should be free to choose

    Adam Memon | | Economy
    International Women’s Day on Saturday was an excellent reminder of some of the horrors still inflicted on women and girls throughout the world. Whilst the situation has improved, globally women are still treated as second-class citizens in issues ranging from child marriage to discrimination in the workplace. Even in our ...
  • Business rates need radical reform

    Business rates need radical reform

    Adam Memon | | Economy
    Yesterday, MPs on the Business Innovation and Skills Committee called for a complete overhaul of the business rates system. They are absolutely right. The current system of business rates is unfair, inefficient and in need of radical reform.Business rates are taxes which are levied on the estimated market rental value ...
  • A Norma Desmond Budget?

    A Norma Desmond Budget?

    Tim Knox | | Economy
    This article is an excerpt from our fortnightly Growth Bulletin, written by Adam Memon 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.Norma Desmond’s retort in Sunset Boulevard (“You used to be in silent pictures. You ...
  • Productivity is Key to Securing the UK's Economic Recovery

    Productivity is Key to Securing the UK's Economic Recovery

    Adam Memon | | Economy
    Yesterday saw the release of another good set of jobs figures. Employment rose and youth unemployment and long term unemployment fell. Nevertheless, to secure the recovery and generate sustainable real wage rises, we need to break the decade long stagnation in productivity which is holding back our economy.We can effectively ...
  • Productivity’s Lost Decade – And How To Avoid Another

    Productivity’s Lost Decade – And How To Avoid Another

    Adam Memon | | 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 ...
  • Why family firms should be encouraged

    Why family firms should be encouraged

    Brian Sturgess | | Economy
    Brian Sturgess is Economic Consultant to the Centre for Policy Studies and Managing Editor of World Economics.Family firms dominate economic activity across the world. They are one of the main generators of sustainable wealth. This alone should be a signal to governments to take note of the importance of family businesses ...
  • Raising the Personal Allowance helps lower earners AND the middle class

    Raising the Personal Allowance helps lower earners AND the middle class

    Adam Memon | | 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 ...
  • We cannot afford an anti-business agenda

    We cannot afford an anti-business agenda

    Tim Knox | | 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.GDP AND EMPLOYMENT ACCELERATERecently released data on GDP and employment continue to show ...
  • The Green Council Tax Deception

    The Green Council Tax Deception

    Adam Memon | | 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

    Adam Memon | | 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

    Adam Memon | | 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?

    Adam Memon | | 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 ...