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  • Housing benefit reform is working

    Housing benefit reform is working

    Adam Memon | | Economy
    On Friday, research carried out by the BBC estimated that 6% of the approximately 500,000 social housing tenants subject to the under-occupancy charge have moved house. Let’s be totally clear what this means; social housing tenants of working age with a spare bedroom beyond their requirements face a 14% reduction ...
  • Labour is being left behind

    Labour is being left behind

    Adam Memon | | Economy
    Today’s inflation figures show a welcome easing of price pressures. CPI fell to 1.7% in the year to February from 1.9% in January with the largest contribution to the fall coming from motor fuels. RPI fell to 2.7% from 2.8%, CPIH which is consumer price inflation that includes owner occupiers’ ...
  • A Norma Desmond Budget?

    A Norma Desmond Budget?

    Adam Memon | | 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 ...
  • APD cut will help households and businesses

    APD cut will help households and businesses

    Natali Pagliari | | Economy
    Air Passenger Duty (APD), charged on all domestic and international flights departing from a UK airport, has attracted much attention in recent years for putting the UK on a less competitive footing. According to a study by PwC, the UK has the highest rate among the EU nations who apply ...
  • 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 ...
  • Miliband is fully committed to ever closer union

    Miliband is fully committed to ever closer union

    Adam Memon | | Europe
    So Ed Miliband claims in the FT today that he is against ever close union. He also says that if there is a future Treaty change which leads to a new transfer of power from Britain to the EU, then he will hold an IN/OUT referendum on our EU membership.One ...
  • 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 ...
  • Moral relativism feeds extremism

    Moral relativism feeds extremism

    Adam Memon | | Culture
    In his recent column, Boris Johnson makes the point that moral relativism abandons children to the clutches of extremism. He is right.When angry crowds marched through Dhaka last May, we might have assumed that they were protesting against pervasive corruption or were demanding economic reforms after a building collapse disaster ...
  • Don't tax my biscuits

    Don't tax my biscuits

    Adam Memon | |
    In the last few days, we have seen a renewed call for taxes to reduce the consumption of sugar. However, such so-called fat taxes have in the past proven utterly ineffective and highly regressive. Indeed, Denmark’s ill-fated attempt at a fat tax was so astonishingly awful that even their current ...
  • 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 ...