Pressures from record migration ‘show no sign of abating’

Home Office migration data published today and covering the whole of 2023 shows that pressures from unprecedented levels of immigration are not abating.  Overall, the number of (non-visitor, non-temporary) visas issued rose only marginally (by 1%) in 2023 compared to 2022 – to a new record of 1.36 million visas. However, the underlying trend is… View Article

Hunt searching for ‘sustainable way’ to run the British state, says CPS Research Director

CPS Research Director Karl Williams has spoken to City A.M., ahead of next week’s Budget, about the role public spending will play in the Chancellor’s decision making. “He’s got to keep the bond markets on side,” Williams told the paper, “but he also wants tax cuts now.” “This is partly why he is so focused… View Article

Young people face ‘tax-and-spend doom loop’, says CPS Research Director

“The gap between the old and the young is one of the defining economic and political challenges of our time”, writes CPS Research Director Karl Williams, in a new piece for ConservativeHome. In the article, Williams outlines the challenges of a low/no-growth economy, combined with rising demand but public services, including the healthcare and pensions… View Article

Land banking is ‘a consequence of a broken planning system’ – CPS Director

Robert Colvile, CPS Director, is quoted alongside other think tanks by Guido Fawkes, responding to a new report from the Competition and Markets Authority. The CMA found, among other things, that the planning system is having a significant impact on the nation’s ability to build. Colvile told the website “So many reviews say the same… View Article

Migration impact of housing hits headlines once again

New ONS figures on projected population growth highlight the UK’s reliance on migration and will exacerbate the housing crisis. CPS Research Director Karl Williams responded to the figures with analysis suggesting that we will need to build at least 5.7 million homes in England over 15 years to meet the demands of a growing population…. View Article

New population figures highlight cavernous housing deficit

Revised population projections released today by the Office for National Statistics show the population of the UK growing by 6.6 million people from 2021 to 2036. Net migration accounts for 6.1 million, or 92%, of this increase  Across this 15 year period, net migration is projected to average 405,000 per annum – falling from current… View Article

Dr Gerard Lyons joins CPS as Research Fellow

The Centre for Policy Studies is delighted to announce that respected economist Dr Gerard Lyons has joined the organisation as a Research Fellow. This follows the appointment late last year of Lord Frost and Alex Morton, alongside existing Research Fellows including former special adviser Nick King and transport expert Tony Lodge. Dr Lyons will be… View Article

The Telegraph reports on minister’s comments at CPS event

Comments by Cabinet Office Minister Alex Burghart MP at an event held by the Centre for Policy Studies have been reported by The Telegraph. Burghart told the event, entitled ‘AI in Whitehall’ and chaired by CPS Head of Tech Matthew Feeney, that AI and over computer programmes could, in future, replace some civil service jobs,… View Article

NatWest chief comments “reflective of the reality”

CPS External Affairs Director Emma Revell was quoted in City A.M. responding to comments from NatWest chairman Sir Howard Davies. Davies had spoken to the BBC about housing, claiming prospective buyers just needed to save the way previous generations had done. Emma told City A.M. “Davies may well feel that NatWest itself does a good… View Article