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Why do we feel so broke?

Why do we feel so broke?

CHARLIE ELPHICKE - Economy

Average household taxes are up by £7,800 a year in nominal terms since 1997. (The aggregate total increase in the household tax burden – including business taxes – is nearly £10,000 since 1997).

RIAs: Why don't they work? A submission to the business council of Britain

RIAs: Why don't they work? A submission to the business council of Britain

Keith Boyfield - Economy

Every political party believes in the idea of better regulation. And yet every political party, once in government, fails to achieve better regulation.

Greater transparency for UK retail banking

Greater transparency for UK retail banking

ANDREW TYRIE MP - Economy

Customers have no idea how much their bank charges them. Nor do they have any practical means of finding out. Banks offer a myriad of complex offers and products, the true value of which no reasonable customercan understand.

A Green Budget? A note for the 2007 budget

A Green Budget? A note for the 2007 budget

Ruth Lea - Economy

A previous CPS paper looked at the economic record of the Chancellor and concluded that even though the economy had grown well since 1997,

Are you better off now than you were four years ago? Applying Ronald Reagan’s “killer question” to the UK today

Are you better off now than you were four years ago? Applying Ronald Reagan’s “killer question” to the UK today

CHARLIE ELPHICKE - Economy

In the 1980 US presidential debates, Ronald Reagan’s most influential comment was judged to be his closing question to the audience: “Are you better off now than you were four years ago?”

A better way to help the low paid: US lessons for the UK tax credits system

A better way to help the low paid: US lessons for the UK tax credits system

RUPERT DARWALL - Economy

Poverty is not a line, a statistical abstraction across a graph. Ultimately, it is not a lack of money. It is the inability to earn money and dependence on welfare.

The case for reducing business taxes

The case for reducing business taxes

CHARLIE ELPHICKE AND WILLIAM NORTON - Economy

Back in the late 1990s when, as Ireland’s Minister of Finance, I started cutting taxes, many people feared that the loss of revenue to the Exchequer would be massive and that the policy would have to be abandoned. But the opposite happened.

The Chancellor's record: an audit of the last ten years

The Chancellor's record: an audit of the last ten years

Ruth Lea - Economy

The December 2006 Pre-Budget Report (PBR) will be the Chancellor’s tenth, and, widely expected to be his last. This is, therefore, an opportune time to take an audit of some key aspects of the Chancellor’s record over the last 10 years.

Simply red: the true state of the public finances

Simply red: the true state of the public finances

Brooks Newmark MP and Stephen Hammond MP - Economy

In recent years, critics have accused the Chancellor of using the PFI as a method of hiding, or simply deferring, a proportion of the capital costs associated with this Government’s public sector investment.

Big Bang 20 years on: New challenges facing the financial services sector

Big Bang 20 years on: New challenges facing the financial services sector

Various - Economy

THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY of the radical reform of the London Stock Exchange that came to be known as ‘Big Bang’ thoroughly deserves the thoughtful celebration this collection of essays provides.

The tax double whammy: More tax costs more than you think

The tax double whammy: More tax costs more than you think

CHARLIE ELPHICKE - Economy

By the time of the next election, the tax burden will have gone up 4.2% of GDP compared with 1996/97.

An agenda for tax reform

An agenda for tax reform

Patrick Minford - Economy

Twenty-four years ago Margaret Thatcher inaugurated nearly two decades of reform, designed to restore Britain economically to the low-inflation and dynamic economy it once had been.

Where has your pay rise gone? Disposable income stagnates while personal debt soars

Where has your pay rise gone? Disposable income stagnates while personal debt soars

CHARLIE ELPHICKE - Economy

According to the ONS, real earnings (average earnings index, adjusted for RPIX) grew by just 1% a year between 2001 and 2005.

Robin Hood or Sheriff of Nottingham? Winners and losers from tax and benefit reform over the last 10 years

Robin Hood or Sheriff of Nottingham? Winners and losers from tax and benefit reform over the last 10 years

CHARLIE ELPHICKE - Economy

This paper compares the share of taxes (direct and indirect) paid by household income groups in 2004-05 with the share of taxes paid in 1996-97. It also compares the share of benefits received by each household income group over the same period. All data are from the Office of National Statistics (ONS).

Public Sector Borrowing: keep a grip

Public Sector Borrowing: keep a grip

RUTH LEA - Economy

In a speech to the CBI in Manchester (of 20 January 2005), the Governor of the Bank of England urged the Chancellor to maintain a firm grip on government borrowing.