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  • Public service pensions: Parliamentary Ping-Pong, anyone?

    Public service pensions: Parliamentary Ping-Pong, anyone?

    Michael Johnson | | Economy
    Just when you thought it could not get any worse... it has.    In 2011, the OBR started to forecast the cashflow shortfall between public service pensions’ contributions and pensions in payment. Six years ago this was an irrelevant £200 million, climbing to £8 billion last year. It has to ...
  • Some questions for Matthew Hancock MP on the minimum wage

    Some questions for Matthew Hancock MP on the minimum wage

    Ryan Bourne | | Economy
    Matthew Hancock MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for further education, skills and lifelong learning, this morning gave a speech to the Resolution Foundation on low pay.  Entitled, ‘A Conservative Agenda for Tackling Low Pay’, the speech was largely based around the idea that there were three mechanisms at the Government’s ...
  • Going Off the Rails: Privatisation's Future Must Get Back on Track

    Going Off the Rails: Privatisation's Future Must Get Back on Track

    Katerina Nicholaou, an intern with the Centre for Policy Studies and graduate of International Politics from the Univerisity of Surrey, writes on the findings of Tony Lodge's report 'Rail's Second Chance: Putting competition back on track'.  “More competition, greater efficiency and a wider choice of services more closely tailored to ...
  • Teen becomes member of the 1%!!!

    Teen becomes member of the 1%!!!

    Ryan Bourne | | Economy
    “So a 17 year old has made a fortune and has now become a member of the ‘super rich’, the top 1%, and the plutocrats who are getting richer whilst we’re all getting poorer. It’s ludicrous the amount of money he has been able to earn, far beyond what I ...
  • A fair franchise?

    A fair franchise?

    Lucy Gilchrist is Chairman of The London Scottish Conservative Club. Now the date has been set, perhaps political minds could focus on the issue of the franchise for the Scottish independence referendum. For scant attention has been paid to the proposed usage of the electoral register for local government granting EU citizens who reside in ...
  • Some Budget observations...

    Some Budget observations...

    Ryan Bourne | | Economy
    I'm currently reading through the Budget, and (as always) there's a lot to digest. As our initial comment reactions made clear, the most worrying thing about the announcements today were the continued high borrowing figures and downward revisions to growth. Essentially, the Coalition are still relying on strong medium growth ...
  • Budget 2013: One earner families are now under siege

    Budget 2013: One earner families are now under siege

    Kathy Gyngell | | Social Policy
    George Osborne’s reformed ‘modern’ state finds the family on the brink of extinction and one earner couple families under siege argues Kathy Gyngell. Liz Truss’s nanny subsidy policy announcement yesterday (£1200 pound per child for couples earning up to £300,000) put paid to any hope that the Coalition would honour their promise ...
  • Policy, not pessimism

    Policy, not pessimism

    Professor Deepak Lal | | Economy
    The Washington Consensus is still the best way to promote sustained growth, says Deepak Lal.Two widely cited recent works by Robert Gordon (“Is US Economic Growth Over? Faltering Innovation Confronts the Six Headwinds”) and Tyler Cowen (The Great Stagnation) suggest that US economic growth is over, since there are few innovations ...
  • QE - The Side Effects

    QE - The Side Effects

    Tim Knox | |
    This article is an excerpt from our Growth Bulletin, authored by Ryan Bourne 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. “An enormous amount of new money has been injected into the economy, now amounting to ...
  • Taxes which raise the UK's growth rate must be the priority in Budget 2013

    Taxes which raise the UK's growth rate must be the priority in Budget 2013

    Ryan Bourne | | Economy
    Tim Montgomerie had an interesting post over at Conservative Home yesterday, suggesting that there are three broad strands of Tory demands from the Chancellor ahead of the 2013 Budget – all entailing tax cuts.The first are what he calls the competitiveness caucus, who want cuts to business taxation alongside various ...