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  • A time series look at household net contributions/receipt from government

    A time series look at household net contributions/receipt from government

    Ryan Bourne | | Economy
    My piece in City AM today looks at how the proportion of households who are net recipients of the state (defined as those who receive more in benefits and benefits-in-kind than they pay in taxes) has changed since 1979.As the chart below shows, this has historically troughed at around 43-44 ...
  • Tax Simplifier 19: Why give tax reliefs?

    Tax Simplifier 19: Why give tax reliefs?

    David Martin | | Tax Simplifier
    The 'Tax Simplifier' series aims to make the case for a much simpler tax code with practical recommendations for policy change on a regular basis. Blogs are published twice per week, on Monday and Thursday. Read David's previous blog on the tax burden for poor people. You can follow David on Twitter @TaxSimplifier.Economic efficiency means ...
  • US vs UK labour market

    US vs UK labour market

    Ryan Bourne | | Economy
    Last month I wrote for City AM about how Ed Balls was wrong to laud the US recovery when he was launching his so-called “inclusive prosperity” commission. Balls and other have a tendency to set out the US and UK as if we have something close to a natural experiment: ...
  • Tax Simplifier 18: The tax burden on poor people

    Tax Simplifier 18: The tax burden on poor people

    David Martin | | Tax Simplifier
    The 'Tax Simplifier' series aims to make the case for a much simpler tax code with practical recommendations for policy change on a regular basis. Blogs are published twice per week, on Monday and Thursday. Read David's previous blog on profit as a tax base. You can follow David on Twitter @TaxSimplifier.The total tax collected ...
  • Bias at the Beeb: addressing some questions

    Bias at the Beeb: addressing some questions

    Oliver Latham | | Public Services
    My report, “Bias at the Beeb? A Quantitative Analysis of Slant in BBC Online Reporting” is published this week. The goal of this report was to try to bring a more dispassionate approach to a debate that has become extremely heated in recent years.In this blog post I’ll quickly outline ...
  • The SMF, being 'independent' and ideology

    The SMF, being 'independent' and ideology

    Ryan Bourne | | Media & Technology
    In our forthcoming report on slanting in BBC online news coverage, one component of our analysis categorises 10 think-tanks (well-known ones which cover a whole range of policy areas) as broadly being left-of-centre or right-of-centre, in order to see what ‘health warnings’ the BBC attaches to their research. The report ...
  • Say's Law and stimulus spending

    Say's Law and stimulus spending

    David S. D'Amato | | Economy
    Recently, in the course of comparing the economies of the United States and United Kingdom, Ryan Bourne and Tim Knox noted that Brits “are still consuming and borrowing too much relative to our saving and production.” The questions of how to encourage saving, and thus capital formation, and conversely to ...
  • Tax Simplifier 17: Profit is a good base for tax - but there are issues

    Tax Simplifier 17: Profit is a good base for tax - but there are issues

    David Martin | | Tax Simplifier
    The 'Tax Simplifier' series aims to make the case for a much simpler tax code with practical recommendations for policy change on a regular basis. Blogs are published twice per week, on Monday and Thursday. Read David's previous blog on the window tax. You can follow David on Twitter @TaxSimplifier.Profit is normally a good base ...
  • Tax Simplifier 16: The Window Tax and our Modern Tax System

    Tax Simplifier 16: The Window Tax and our Modern Tax System

    David Martin | | Tax Simplifier
    The 'Tax Simplifier' series aims to make the case for a much simpler tax code with practical recommendations for policy change on a regular basis. Blogs are published twice per week, on Monday and Thursday. Read David's previous blog on small businesses. You can follow David on Twitter @TaxSimplifier.There was a critical problem when the ...
  • Tax Simplifier 15: The cash basis for small businesses

    Tax Simplifier 15: The cash basis for small businesses

    David Martin | | Tax Simplifier
    The 'Tax Simplifier' series aims to make the case for a much simpler tax code with practical recommendations for policy change on a regular basis. Blogs are published twice per week, on Monday and Thursday. Read David's previous blog on multinationals. You can follow David on Twitter @TaxSimplifier.The cash basis of taxation for small businesses ...
  • Tax Simplifier 14: Tax and multinationals

    Tax Simplifier 14: Tax and multinationals

    David Martin | | Tax Simplifier
    The 'Tax Simplifier' series aims to make the case for a much simpler tax code with practical recommendations for policy change on a regular basis. Blogs are published twice per week, on Monday and Thursday. Read David's previous blog on tax reform. You can follow David on Twitter @TaxSimplifier.There has been much outrage in the ...
  • Are we there yet?

    Are we there yet?

    Ryan Bourne | | Economy
    This article is an excerpt from the CPS 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.Westminster has gone quiet in the past week as Members of Parliament and their staff ...
  • Tax Simplifier 13: Tax Reform - We are losing an opportunity

    Tax Simplifier 13: Tax Reform - We are losing an opportunity

    David Martin | | Tax Simplifier
    The 'Tax Simplifier' series aims to make the case for a much simpler tax code with practical recommendations for policy change on a regular basis. Blogs are published twice per week, on Monday and Thursday. Read David's previous blog on capital allowances. You can follow David on Twitter @TaxSimplifier.Tax reform typically creates winners and losers.Whilst ...
  • The Royal Baby, succession and “equality”

    The Royal Baby, succession and “equality”

    Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their son, our future King. The past 24 hours have shown the power of the UK monarchy as an institution which has stood the test of time. And, it has to be said, it has also shown the ...
  • A baby’s birth doesn't guarantee republicans airtime

    A baby’s birth doesn't guarantee republicans airtime

    Naturally you would expect republican blues at a time of joyous national celebration of the monarchy - we’ve seen it all before when the vast majority of the nation (and much of the world) went wild for the Royal Wedding and Diamond Jubilee.But there is a different kind of melancholy ...