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99p petrol will not last forever

99p petrol will not last forever

Daniel Mahoney & Tim Knox - Energy

The current low price of oil is unsustainable for oil producing nations. The government must act now to ensure shale gas can fill the UK energy gap.

The Abolition of Deposit Insurance

The Abolition of Deposit Insurance

Andreas Wesemann - Economy

Andreas Wesemann argues that the government must stop insuring bank deposits � a practice that has only resulted in an increase in the probability and severity of banking crises.

The Last Act of the Greek Tragedy?

The Last Act of the Greek Tragedy?

Michael Iakovidis, Daniel Mahoney and Tim Knox - Pensions

The Greek Pensions system is close to collapse: there are just 138 people in employment for 100 Greek pensioners – compared with 275 in the UK.

Reform failing Local Government Pensions Scheme NOW

Reform failing Local Government Pensions Scheme NOW

Michael Johnson - Pensions

The failing LGPS (2014) must be overhauled and replaced with a new sustainable, defined contribution scheme: LGPS (2018).

The Local Government Pension Scheme: Crisis Awaits

The Local Government Pension Scheme: Crisis Awaits

Michael Johnson -

Chronically mismanaged, the LGPS ultimately risks running out of cash to meet pensions in payment.

A month of political fudge and indecision

A month of political fudge and indecision

Daniel Mahoney & Tim Knox -

Over the last month the electoral interests of public figures have led to dither and delay on vital policy issues.

A Marginal Autumn Statement

A Marginal Autumn Statement

Daniel Mahoney & Tim Knox -

The Autumn Statement rightly emphasised house-building. however the Chancellor set aside deficit reduction in favour of extra spending and a renewed commitment to ring-fencing.

What's behind the Housing Crisis?

What's behind the Housing Crisis?

Daniel Mahoney & Tim Knox - Housing

125,000 homes were completed in England for 2014-15, but 320,000 homes are needed annually to relieve housing strains.

The Great Green Hangover

The Great Green Hangover

Tony Lodge - Energy

The Government must act now to cut bills and avoid an energy crisis next year.

No Time for Complacency on UK Economy

No Time for Complacency on UK Economy

Daniel Mahoney & Tim Knox - Economy

There has been success in the UK in reducing unemployment and public sector share of economy since 2010. But the country's record current account deficit of 5.1% of GDP poses threat to its continuedeconomic recovery.

Portugal's Demographic Crisis

Portugal's Demographic Crisis

William Sternberg -

As Portugal recovers from recession it must overcome a second looming crisis: rapid depopulation.

Tax credit reform should focus on one issue: the marginal rate

Tax credit reform should focus on one issue: the marginal rate

James Pilditch, Rupert Darwall & Tim Knox - Tax

The Chancellor should remove the huge barrier to the low paid being rewarded for taking on more work.

The Facts About Fugitive Methane

The Facts About Fugitive Methane

Richard & Elizabeth Muller - Energy

Methane, the main component of natural gas, has a high greenhouse potential, and opponents of shale gas production argue that even if one or two percent of the gas leaks, the advantage of natural gas over coal would be negated.

An ISA-Centric Savings World

An ISA-Centric Savings World

Michael Johnson - Pensions

Michael Johnson slams the current system of pension tax relief and urges the Government to usher in a new era of ISA-centric savings.

Not out of the woods yet

Not out of the woods yet

Adam Memon & Tim Knox - Economy

With the Spending Review looming, the Government should use the opportunity to implement further supply side reforms and deficit reduction measures to ensure that UK economic growth and labour market performance remain strong.