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  • Britain must Review Unilateral Policies after Paris Climate Conference

    Britain must Review Unilateral Policies after Paris Climate Conference

    Daniel Mahoney | | Energy
    The International Energy Agency will tomorrow publish its annual World Energy Outlook report for 2015. It will examine the global impact of falling oil prices, which have plunged from $115 a barrel in summer 2014 to less than $50 a barrel currently, along with a look at renewable energy technologies ...
  • No time for complacency on UK economy

    No time for complacency on UK economy

    Daniel Mahoney | | Economy
    Since 2010, the UK economy is slowly becoming more resilient. GDP growth has remained strong, with the UK achieving the highest level in the G7 at 2.8% in 2014. Unemployment has continued on its downward trajectory, with the number of unemployment claimants falling by just over 17% in the last ...
  • Time to Reform the Government's Apprenticeship Programme

    Time to Reform the Government's Apprenticeship Programme

    Daniel Mahoney | | Employment
    A report published today by the Education and Business Select Committees has highlighted that skill shortages in science, technology, engineering and maths are hampering the UK’s productivity. The UK’s productivity is a major constraint on the UK economy, with the Office for National Statistics estimating that output per hour in ...
  • UK ranked best place to start a business in Europe, but risks await for the UK economy

    UK ranked best place to start a business in Europe, but risks await for the UK economy

    Daniel Mahoney | | Economy
    The Legatum Institute has today published its annual prosperity index, which indicates that the UK is the best country in Europe to start a business. This follows a dramatic growth in the number of businesses being created last year, setting a record of over 580,000 in 2014 when the UK’s ...
  • Tax Credit Reform Should Focus On One Issue: The Marginal Rate

    Tax Credit Reform Should Focus On One Issue: The Marginal Rate

    James Pilditch | | Economy
    This article is taken from the CPS Economic Bulletin written by James Pilditch, Rupert Darwall and Tim Knox. To receive it by email before it is available online, sign up here. Widespread concern over the financial impact of the Government’s planned tax credit changes on Britain’s poorest workers is understandable. Although the ...
  • The UK’s Energy Intensive Industries need Lower Electricity Prices, not more Taxpayer Compensation

    The UK’s Energy Intensive Industries need Lower Electricity Prices, not more Taxpayer Compensation

    Daniel Mahoney | | Energy
    The closure of SSI’s steel plant in Redcar along with the further announcement of job losses at Tata Steel has focused minds on the future of the UK’s energy intensive industries, which support 600,000 jobs and account for around 4% of the UK’s economy [link].  The Government has blamed a ...
  • Universal free school meals are a Lib Dem leftover that need binning

    Universal free school meals are a Lib Dem leftover that need binning

    Lewis Brown | | Public Services
    A version of this article appeared in Nursery World magazine.‘Universal free school meals’ is one of those evocative policy ideas that well-intentioned do-gooders insist is vital in improving the attainment of young pupils. The reaction to their proposed withdrawal is reminiscent of the early 1970s when then-education secretary Margaret Thatcher ...
  • Underemployment in the UK

    Underemployment in the UK

    William Sternberg | | Employment
    At 5.5%, the UK has one of the lowest unemployment rates in Europe. However, this apparent success is masking the prevalence of underemployment in the UK economy. Underemployed workers can be seen as those individuals who have a job (thus not unemployed) but are being underutilised. The Office of National ...
  • The Spending Review: Not out of the woods yet

    The Spending Review: Not out of the woods yet

    Adam Memon | | Economy
    This article is taken from the CPS Economic Bulletin. To receive the bulletin to your inbox before it is published online, subscribe here. Turmoil in financial markets across the world has shone a spotlight on the vulnerability of the UK to external shocks. In recent years, the UK economy has performed strongly in ...
  • Within striking distance - trade union reform

    Within striking distance - trade union reform

    Adam Memon | | Politics
    A version of this article was originally published by the New Statesman. Keir Hardie would be aghast if he could see the state of the trade union movement today. Its reputation has been comprehensively trashed and the sad truth is that, too often, this is completely justified. Knee-jerk, reactionary opposition to ...
  • Corbynomics is not fit for government

    Corbynomics is not fit for government

    Adam Memon | | Economy
    This article originally appeared on CapX. Jeremy Corbyn, who is now leader of the Labour Party, proposes what amounts to a government takeover of the British economy. It is an economic programme which is almost entirely ignorant of the success of free enterprise. On Wednesday, for example, the World Health Organisation ...
  • Eurozone structural reforms: a follow up

    Eurozone structural reforms: a follow up

    Madeleine Thornton | | Economy
    PortugalPortuguese austerity measures are ticking all of the right boxes: real GDP growth is forecast to be 1.5% for 2015 and 1.7% a year 2016-2019, the Government are repaying their loans ahead of schedule and the authorities’ short-term macroeconomic projections are in keeping with The European Commission’s 2015 spring forecast. ...
  • The UK must not miss out on Brazil

    The UK must not miss out on Brazil

    William Sternberg | | Trade
    Almost 200 years ago the UK first established diplomatic relations with Brazil. Since then, we have seen a considerable rise in Brazil’s economic power and its GDP (PPP) is now greater than that of the UK. It is likely that Brazil’s economic and global influence will continue to grow and ...
  • Progress on Eurozone structural reforms

    Progress on Eurozone structural reforms

    Madeleine Thornton | | Europe
    The Eurozone crisis has given the EU a near impossible task: to identify a common interest among a set of increasingly heterogeneous nation states. Consequently, the economic union that the EU so desperately tries to promote is fragmenting: the UK electorate has called for an EU referendum and German taxpayers ...
  • Why we need to improve economic ties with China

    Why we need to improve economic ties with China

    William Sternberg | | China
    Even with the recent news about China’s slowing economy causing volatile markets worldwide, with a population of 1.3bn and the largest economy in the world by GDP (PPP), there can be no doubt that China has the potential to be an even more important trade, tourism, investment and economic partner ...