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Niall Ferguson: Conservative politicians ‘repeating the mistakes of the past’

Recent Conservative governments have unwittingly repeated the mistakes that condemned Britain to an era of inflation and stagnation, warns leading historian Niall Ferguson. Prof Ferguson will reflect this evening on the lessons for Britain from the 1970s, as he delivers the 2023 Keith Joseph Memorial Lecture to the Centre for Policy Studies. The lecture, which… View Article

Migration fueling ‘cavernous’ housing deficit, says CPS

Revised net migration figures released last week by the Office for National Statistics show the UK had a record level of net migration in 2022 – 745,000 The new net migration figure is equivalent to 1.1% of the UK population Combined with net migration of 467,000 in 2021, migration has increased the UK population by… View Article

UK net migration figures ‘shocking but unsurprising’, says CPS

Responding to the latest migration data from the Official for National Statistics, Karl Williams, Deputy Research Director, said: ‘The scale of net migration in 2022 makes for shocking but unsurprising reading. Today’s revised total of 745k eclipses the provisional record high figure we were given earlier this year, as CPS analysis predicted.  ‘We can now… View Article

CPS welcomes permanent full expensing

The Centre for Policy Studies is delighted to welcome the Chancellor’s decision to make full expensing permanent.  The CPS has been leading the calls for full expensing for many years. It is a vital step in counteracting Britain’s chronically low rate of capital investment, which was 20% lower than the OECD average in the decade… View Article

Centre for Policy Studies launches 50th anniversary programme

Lord Frost to lead major policy project on mapping the UK’s problems and how to deal with them Alex Morton returns as a Research Fellow focusing on the relationship between Britain’s institutions, the state and the market Prof Niall Ferguson delivers Keith Joseph Memorial Lecture Programme of reports and events to run through 2024  … View Article

Treasury needs to make full expensing permanent, urges CPS

The Chancellor should make full expensing permanent at the forthcoming Autumn Statement. Doing so would raise long-run investment, and increase real wages and economic growth Permanent full expensing is a vital step in counteracting Britain’s chronically low rate of capital investment, which was 20% lower than the OECD average in the decade before the pandemic… View Article

Increasing number of asylum seekers being granted work permits due to backlogs

Karl Williams, Deputy Research Director at the Centre for Policy Studies,  spoke to Sky News about asylum seekers who have been in the UK for over a year and their right to work – a policy that is making Britain more attractive to migrants. He said “There was perhaps a case for it when there… View Article

Future of Britain depends on closing the generation gap, warns CPS

The gap between young and old has become the defining political and economic issue of our time, argues a new essay collection from the Centre for Policy Studies ‘Justice for the Young’ sets out the staggering extent of the challenge facing the country in paying for an ageing population while delivering a better life for… View Article

CPS responds to the King’s Speech

Responding to the King’s Speech, Robert Colvile, Centre for Policy Studies Director, said: ‘It was welcome to see the Government adopting many of the policies recommended by the Centre for Policy Studies – tackling low-quality degrees, introducing minimum service requirements during strikes, supporting domestic energy production, confirming Britain’s membership of the CPTPP trading pact and… View Article

“Growth-throttling tax system” needs reform

The newly published briefing note on the UK’s poor tax competitiveness from the CPS Research Director and Head of Tax Tom Clougherty was covered in media. The report was picked up by the Telegraph, firstly in a piece focusing on errors in OBR growth forecasts, and secondly by The Spectator’s Kate Andrews in her regular… View Article

Corporation tax increases hammer UK tax competitiveness

The UK ranks 30th out of 38 OECD countries in the 2023 edition of the International Tax Competitiveness Index, published annually by the US-based Tax Foundation. This is down three places from 2022. The UK ranks second for its cross-border tax rules, but comes 26th for individual taxes, 28th for corporate tax, and 35th for… View Article

CPS fringe makes headlines at Conservative Party Conference

The programme of events held by the CPS and CapX at Conservative Party Conference made headlines across the board. The BBC highlighted our panel debating the future of the greenbelt Lord Frost’s comments on the Bank of England were picked up in the Daily Mail and City A.M. i newspaper speculated on a future leadership… View Article

Home Secretary quotes CPS, calls for UN refugee reform

The Home Secretary Suella Braverman will make a speech today raising the question of whether international agreements on refugees and asylum need modernising. The speech, given to the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, will reference ‘Stopping the Crossings’, a CPS report by Karl Williams and Nick Timothy published in late 2022, and the figures from… View Article

Unleash power of ownership to boost security and wellbeing, says Redwood

Ownership is at the heart of conservatism but the country is at risk of forgetting lessons learned after the Second World War ‘The Power of Ownership’ by Sir John Redwood MP warns that the UK is at risk of slipping back into nationalised industry, government-directed companies, and reliance on Whitehall to generate solutions Instead, politicians… View Article

Nutrient neutrality reforms “a win-win”

CPS Head of Communications Emma Revell has written for the Daily Express on changes to nutrient neutrality, saying government is in part able to make the necessary reforms as a result of Brexit. “Some scaremongers have said the Government is “ripping up” environmental rules. But what it’s actually doing is ditching European rules and designing… View Article

Nutrient neutrality reforms ‘badly needed’ says CPS Director

Responding to the government’s announcement on planned reforms to nutrient neutrality laws, Robert Colvile, Director of the Centre for Policy Studies, said: ‘These reforms are badly needed. As we and others have repeatedly warned, the crude and unworkable interpretation of the original ECJ ruling on nutrient neutrality has blocked and delayed a huge number of… View Article

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