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  • Keep an eye out for today’s critical Capacity Market Auction

    Keep an eye out for today’s critical Capacity Market Auction

    Daniel Mahoney | | Energy
    National Grid’s latest Winter Outlook suggests that the UK’s electricity margins are dangerously narrow. Without emergency measures, de-rated capacity margins for the winter of 2016/17 would be at just 1.1%. This is a result of failings by both the UK Government and the European Union (EU).A number of EU initiatives ...
  • Time to Consolidate Government Departments?

    Time to Consolidate Government Departments?

    Alexander Fiuza | | Fiscal Policy
    The government is committed to seeking better value for money, but an obvious source of common-sense savings has been ignored. There are 25 ministerial departments in the government, far more than is necessary; in 1980 the government had far more power, but there were only 18 departments. Many perform roles ...
  • The Shale Revolution Comes to Nottinghamshire

    The Shale Revolution Comes to Nottinghamshire

    Alexander Fiuza | | Energy
    In the land where the apocryphal Robin Hood once harried a Sherriff, a new chapter of British history is being written. Nottinghamshire County Council recently approved a planning application by IGas  to drill exploratory shale gas wells. If they are found to be viable then IGas will seek to tap ...
  • The Future of UK’s trade relations: NAFTA, the EU customs union or simply a bilateral agreement?

    The Future of UK’s trade relations: NAFTA, the EU customs union or simply a bilateral agreement?

    Anamika Patel | | EU Referendum
    During the U.S. Presidential campaign, Donald Trump vowed to leave the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) unless it was improved to his liking. Although not much has been claimed about what exactly this entails, critics of the deal argue that NAFTA is to blame for job losses and wage ...
  • 80% of fund management industry redundant

    80% of fund management industry redundant

    Michael Johnson | | Economy
    The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is to be congratulated on its recent interim Asset Management Market Study. Its robust, independent and damning evidence skewers any justification that active fund management of listed assets is worth the candle.The consequences for the asset management industry are potentially devastating, but radical surgery is ...
  • Grade B for Hammond's last Autumn Statement

    Grade B for Hammond's last Autumn Statement

    Daniel Mahoney | | Economy
    This article is taken from the CPS Economic Bulletin. To receive the bulletin to your inbox before it is published online, subscribe here. Compared to the March forecast, the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) is projecting an additional £122.1 billion of borrowing over the five year forecast period. Nearly half of the decline in fiscal ...
  • Balancing the Budget Should Remain a Priority after the Autumn Statement

    Balancing the Budget Should Remain a Priority after the Autumn Statement

    Alexander Fiuza | | Economy
    When Philip Hammond was appointed Chancellor of the Exchequer and signalled that he was dropping Osborne’s targets, there was much talk of an end to austerity. Parts of the media portrayed it as a repudiation of austerity’s goals, rather than a recognition that the targets wouldn’t be met. The government ...
  • CPS Autumn Statement Wishlist

    CPS Autumn Statement Wishlist

    Daniel Mahoney | | Economy
    For this Autumn Statement, the CPS’ ‘wishlist’ focuses on six areas that could help boost supply side growth: tax reform, infrastructure, free ports, housing, energy and corporation tax exemptions.Tax Reduction and Simplification The UK’s tax code is around 21,000 pages long and has around 1,100 tax reliefs. This complexity ...
  • Research as a catalyst for socio-economic progress

    Research as a catalyst for socio-economic progress

    Saagar Dattani | | General
    The degree of success Research and Development (R&D) funding has had in fostering innovation, economic growth, competitive advantages, and labour productivity has historically varied depending on the specific business sector which funding is directed towards. Nonetheless, longstanding academic rhetoric and field outcomes suggests that advocating R&D does have a positive ...
  • Will Heathrow expansion get the go ahead? The signs look encouraging.

    Will Heathrow expansion get the go ahead? The signs look encouraging.

    Daniel Mahoney | | Economy
    An announcement on airport expansion is imminent. The Government is set to make a final decision when the Cabinet Aviation Subcommittee meets either tomorrow (11th October) or a week on Tuesday.It is important for passengers that Heathrow expansion is finally given the go ahead, particularly as the additional future demand ...
  • A Workable Solution to Immigration

    A Workable Solution to Immigration

    Ben Bowers | | Immigration
    A poll by Lord Ashcroft in the aftermath of the EU referendum established that immigration was the second most prominent reason for voting to leave, with a third of Leave voters agreeing. Yet despite valid arguments on both sides of the immigration argument, the quality of debate has been poor. ...
  • Grammar schools can work, but not under the old system

    Grammar schools can work, but not under the old system

    Ben Bowers | |
    After more than 20 years in the wilderness, grammar schools are back on the agenda. In an effort to broaden the Conservative party’s appeal and boost social mobility, the new Prime Minster Theresa May is considering removing the ban on grammar schools at the party’s conference next month. Grammar schools ...
  • T-Ticked Off

    T-Ticked Off

    Daniel Gibbs | | Trade
    The negotiations between the US and the EU for the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or TTIP, are shrouded in secrecy. This is draconian and out-dated.Secret trade deals used to be the norm across the globe with talks being conducted in dark rooms between people we would never hear the ...
  • Competition, not nationalisation, is the solution to Britain's inadequate railways

    Competition, not nationalisation, is the solution to Britain's inadequate railways

    Ben Bowers | | Infrastructure
    The railway industry is at the forefront of national debate at the moment. The latest scandal emerged when Jeremy Corbyn filmed a short clip on the floor of a Virgin East Coast train bemoaning the lack of space before returning to his seat 45 minutes into the journey. On top ...
  • Employment on merit - the skills deficit in manufacturing

    Employment on merit - the skills deficit in manufacturing

    Edward Hamilton-Stubber | | Economy
    The British manufacturing sector’s contribution on a global and national level has been in steady decline since the 70’s. Under Prime Minister Edward Heath, manufacturing contributed to 30% (Gross Value Added) of Britain’s economic output, and by 2014 this had slipped to just 9.7%. When compared globally, Britain is the ...