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Re-empower the Bank of England

Re-empower the Bank of England

Sir Martin Jacomb - Economy

In this paper, Sir Martin Jacomb, criticises the failings of Gordon Browns attempts in 1997 to reform the bank of England, offering suggestions on how to empower the bank.

The Hidden Debt Bombshell

The Hidden Debt Bombshell

Brooks Newmark - Economy

In this paper, Conservative MP Brooks Newmark calculates the true level of public debt to be £2,220 billion (159% of GDP).

Too Big To Live: Why we must stamp out state-monopoly capitalism

Too Big To Live: Why we must stamp out state-monopoly capitalism

Niall Ferguson - Economy

In this paper, historian Niall Ferguson argues that the first priority for a Conservative Chancellor of the Exchequer must be to address one of the key causes of the financial crisis: the existence of financial institutions that consider themselves too big to fail – but which are run in such a way that they are bound to do so.

Don't Let the Crisis Go To Waste: A simple and affordable way of increasing retirement income

Don't Let the Crisis Go To Waste: A simple and affordable way of increasing retirement income

Michael Johnson - Economy

CPS Research Fellow, Michael Johnson, recommends significant reforms to the proposals for Personal Accounts – in particular, allowing savers to concentrate their pension savings over the first ten years of retirement, allowing for higher incomes during the active part of most people’s retirement and enable the State Pension to be raised.

Benefit Simplification

Benefit Simplification

David Martin - Economy

In this paper, CPS Research Fellow David Martin, discusses how and why benefit simplification must be done.

A House Divided

A House Divided

Charlie Elphicke - Economy

In this paper, MP for Dover and CPS Fellow Charlie Elphicke, analyses how the poorest households in the UK have fared badly since 1997.

What’s Wrong With 50p?

What’s Wrong With 50p?

Jill Kirby and Iain Griffiths - Economy

In this Pointmaker paper, Jill Kirby and Iain Griffiths, put forwards what was one of the first critical analyses of government proposals to raise the top rate of income tax to 50p.

The Myth of Inflation Targeting: the largest policy failure of our generation

The Myth of Inflation Targeting: the largest policy failure of our generation

Maurice Saatchi - Economy

In this paper, Chairman of the Centre for Policy Studies Maurice Saatchi, published this report to coincide with the introduction of his Bill in the House of Lords on the same subject.

The Stock Market Under Labour: the legacy of Gordon Brown

The Stock Market Under Labour: the legacy of Gordon Brown

John Littlewood - Economy

In this paper. Stock market historian John Littlewood, analyses the performance of the London Stock Market under Labour and how it has been worse than those of all other major Western economies (with the exception of Japan).

What killed capitalism? The crisis: what caused it and how to respond

What killed capitalism? The crisis: what caused it and how to respond

Andrew Lilico - Economy

In this paper, Managing Director of Europe Economics Andrew Lilico, reports into the actions taken by the Government to prop up the UK banking sector and puts forward recommendations on how the crisis should have been handled and where it should go from here.

Save 100,000 Homes from Reposession

Save 100,000 Homes from Reposession

Natalie Elphicke - Economy

In this paper, banking and finance expert Natalie Elphicke, outlines her central recommendation that given the rise in house repossessions, governments efforts should be focused on encouraging the courts to be more understanding of those in arrears rather than direct government support as such measures are often expensive and futile.

Uh-oh, we're in trouble...The recession’s come along and burst Brown's bubble

Uh-oh, we're in trouble...The recession’s come along and burst Brown's bubble

CHARLIE ELPHICKE - Economy

Public sector net debt is set to rise to around 50% of GDP, once the costs of the recent bank bail-outs are included.

From Boom to Bust: A plain guide to the causes and implications of the banking crisis

From Boom to Bust: A plain guide to the causes and implications of the banking crisis

HOWARD FLIGHT - Economy

The banking crisis has its roots in mistaken monetary and economic policies; and in regulatory failure.

The Price of Irresponsibility

The Price of Irresponsibility

BROOKS NEWMARK MP - Economy

According to the most recently published data, in September 2008, the UK’s Public Sector Net Debt (including Northern Rock) is £632.7 billion. This is equivalent to 43.3% of GDP.

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).