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Teachers’ strike could see all but most vulnerable children sent home

As three education unions ballot members on strike action, CPS Head of Education Mark Lehain warns that strikes could “undermine” teachers’ work. In an article in the Daily Telegraph, Mark said he was concerned strikes could damage the profession and the wellbeing of students, saying “I would be urging everyone working in schools to think… View Article

Firms helping staff with long-term health issues could receive tax breaks

Comments made by employment minister Guy Opperman MP at a CPS event made headlines in the Daily Telegraph this week. Speaking on a Centre for Policy Studies’ panel on the future of the welfare system, Opperman spoke about how the government is looking at reducing economic inactivity. He is quoted as saying ministers were considering… View Article

Home Office considers detention and ban for people entering illegally

Reporting on the CPS paper “Stopping the Crossings”, The Guardian wrote: ‘The ideas are contained in a report by the rightwing thinktank the Centre for Policy Studies, for which Braverman wrote a foreword.’ ‘While the home secretary said she did not agree with everything in the report, the Home Office did not deny that some… View Article

Rwanda is the right place for boat people

The latest CPS report “Stopping the Crossings” forms the basis of the latest Times column from Matthew Parris. “The relentless rise in the numbers of (mostly) young men risking their lives to reach our shores simply cannot be allowed to continue” he writes, going on to say the proposals contained in the report by former… View Article

The ‘moral case’ against policing migrant crossings is dishonest and dangerous

Juliet Samuel, Daily Telegraph columnist, has highlighted recent CPS report “Stopping the Crossings” in her latest article. The report addresses the failings of the UK’s immigration and asylum system, reveals new public polling on the issue, and sets out a comprehensive set of policy proposals on how to improve the system. Samuel praises the report,… View Article

Migrant crisis could pay for 62k extra nurses

Following publication of ‘Stopping the Crossings’, a report he co-authored with Nick Timothy, Karl Williams wrote an Op-ed in The Sun. ‘Given the looming strikes in the NHS, the extra £1.5billion we are now spending on asylum seekers could instead have funded an extra five to six per cent pay raise for every nurse in… View Article

Panicking Tories plan tough new laws on asylum

The Sunday Times front page exclusively revealed that Suella Braverman endorsed the CPS report ‘Stopping the Crossings’ by Nick Timothy and Karl Williams. ‘Braverman has written a foreword saying she “welcomes” the report by Nick Timothy, an adviser to Theresa May when she was home secretary and prime minister.’ ‘It is highly unusual for serving… View Article

Gove backs ‘BIDEN’ in bid to win support for new housing developments

Housing Secretary Michael Gove set out 5 key tests for housing reform in a speech to the Centre for Policy Studies Margaret Thatcher Conference on Growth. In comments reported by the Evening Standard, Gove said focusing on beauty, infrastructure, democracy, environment and neighbourhood – or BIDEN – would help tackle “rational” objections some communities have… View Article

Axing house building targets would put 800,000 jobs at risk, warns CPS

The Daily Telegraph reports on figures published by the Centre for Policy Studies which calculate that scrapping housing targets could cause a 20 percent reduction in new homes being built. “Rendering housing targets ineffective” by allowing councils to not make land available for new homes would lead to a drop in developments, say CPS Head… View Article

Why the ‘shambolic’ cost of childcare doesn’t add up

CPS Head of Education Mark Lehain is quoted by the Daily Telegraph in a story about the spiralling cost of UK childcare. Asked about policy which could help ease the burden on parents, Mark said “I think relaxing the ratios will help and we can trust child care providers to do that in the right… View Article

UK urged to cut taxes at first opportunity as it tumbles down international rankings

Research from the US-based Tax Foundation and supported by the Centre for Policy Studies has calculated that changes to the UK tax system will cause the country to tumble down international tax competitiveness rankings. The Daily Telegraph reports on the research which found that in 2023 the UK would fall from 26th to 33rd, its… View Article

Britain’s employment crisis as more than 1m job vacancies available

CPS Senior Researcher Karl Williams was quoted by the Express online, responding to concerns that older workers have “vanished” from the workforce. New jobs figures from the ONS have revealed that in the three months to July 2022 there were 386,096 more “economically inactive” adults aged 50 to 64 than pre-pandemic. Responding to the suggestion… View Article

‘Inheritance tax should be abolished’, says Treasury minister

A Centre for Policy Studies panel at Conservative Party Conference made headlines as Andrew Griffith told the event that inheritance tax “would be his top choice of taxes to scrap”. Griffith, a Treasury minister, was speaking at a CPS event in Birmingham and said the tax, which is set at 40pc for estates over £325,000,… View Article

I’ll reinvigorate Gove’s schools ‘revolution’, vows Malthouse

put some more momentum behind us”.Comments made by Secretary of State for Education Kit Malthouse to a CPS event at Conservative Party conference made headlines in education publication Schools Week. Malthouse told attendees at the CPS drinks reception that although progress on Michael Gove’s education reforms had “stalled” as a result of the coronavirus pandemic,… View Article

Whatsapp boss warns govt against changes to encryption in online safety

City A.M. reports on concerns that the Online Safety Bill would create a “troubling precedent” for other governments by seeking to regulate ‘legal but harmful’ content. Following the report of the CPS’ latest publication which calls on the government to rethink the Online Safety Bill, Feeney said “[r]ather than taking a stand for freedom of… View Article

Boldness will boost growth, says think tank

The anticipated announcement that the government will scrap the planned rise in corporation tax would, in the long term, mean “Britain’s national income would rise by 1.2 per cent, investment by 2 per cent and wages by 1.1 per cent”, according to CPS figures quoted in The Times. The figures come from recent CPS work… View Article

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