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Rishi Sunak has room to cut taxes by £30bn to alleviate cost-of-living crisis

Tom Clougherty at the Centre for Policy Studies said he anticipates more calls from Conservative MPs for action into the autumn as the cost of living crisis intensifies. The Bank of England expects inflation to rise from 9pc in April to a peak of 10pc or more in October when energy prices rise again. Mr Clougherty said… View Article

‘They’re trying it on!’ Thatcher aide warns Boris not to ‘give an inch’ to striking unions

Lauren Maher of the Centre for Policy Studies said trade unions must not be allowed to “paralyse the country” and argued the Government “mustn’t succumb to strikers’ demands and further add to the costs of public services”. Warning of the damage rail strikes could cause, she said: “After the pandemic, commuter numbers have fallen off… View Article

What are the possible measures the government could bring in to help ease the cost of living crisis?

Many opposition MPs support green levies on energy bills, which add around £153 per year for the average household, because the cash goes toward helping the UK achieve its net-zero ambitions. But many backbench Tories want the levies to be scrapped, at least temporarily, with chair of the Commons Education Committee, Robert Halfon, describing the… View Article

Green levies should be taken off energy bills to ease costs, says think tank

Green levies should be scrapped from energy bills and shifted on to general taxation to reduce the burden on households, argues the Centre for Policy Studies (CPS). In its latest set of proposals to cut the cost of living crisis, the face spiralling energy, fuel and food costs, the think tank describes the measure as… View Article

UK Urged to Cancel Corporate Tax Increase to Boost Investment

The UK should cancel its planned corporate tax increase in order to ensure Britain remains an attractive place to do business, according to a new report by the Centre for Policy Studies. The UK’s corporate tax on companies with annual profits of more than £250,000 is due to rise to 25% in April from the… View Article

Boris Johnson should take a lesson from Emmanuel Macron to boost UK’s economic growth

Boris Johnson should follow in the footsteps of Emmanuel Macron by ensuring Britain is made a “natural home for investors,” the Centre for Policy Studies (CPS) has said. In launching a new 10-point manifesto to boost Britain’s economic growth, the CPS published new researching showing investors are worried about the UK’s trajectory and concerned about… View Article

Cancel tax rise to boost investment, say business chiefs

Britain is becoming a less attractive place in which to invest and the government should respond by cancelling the planned increase in corporation tax, according to a survey of business leaders. It found that ensuring the UK could attract investment was “utterly vital” if ministers wanted to revive economic growth and raise living standards. The… View Article

Britain at risk of becoming less attractive than France for international businesses

Britain is becoming a less attractive place to invest and risks falling behind France unless the Government becomes more business-friendly, an influential think tank has said. The Centre for Policy Studies interviewed over 100 business leaders and entrepreneurs and found the UK’s international standing was slipping as a result of red tape, rising taxes and… View Article

British families pay highest childcare costs in the developed world

Close to a third of the average couple’s income is now spent on childcare in Britain, three times the amount in Germany and the highest in Europe, according to a report from the Centre for Policy Studies. Elizabeth Dunkley, who authored the report, said tackling the cost of childcare in this way would “improve the… View Article

Minister puts carbon border tax on agenda

The carbon border adjustment mechanism, commonly known as a carbon border tax, will be among options in a consultation later in the year, Lucy Frazer, the financial secretary to the Treasury, said yesterday. Groups including the Climate Change Committee and the Centre for Policy Studies have asked ministers to consider such a tax to tackle… View Article

Economists hit back at Cable post-Brexit financial services regulation fears

The government is looking at freeing up pensions funds to invest via changes to Solvency II regulations and has given the financial regulator a mandate to consider growth in its decisions. Gerard Lyons, from the Centre for Policy Studies, said “the areas in which the UK is looking to diverge will enhance its and the… View Article

‘Don’t be like America’ Leading pollster warns cultures wars WILL destroy Britain

Dr Frank Luntz, whose political insights helped George W. Bush and David Cameron win power on either side of the Atlantic, delivered a stunning lecture where he said the twin evils of wokeism on the left and populism on the right are destroying democracy in the US. He likened wokeism to coranvirus infecting the country… View Article

Ditch peak fares and introduce Rail Miles for train passengers, Grant Shapps urged

The Centre for Policy Studies has warned “there is no going back to the old world” despite taxpayers paying £16bn to keep trains running during coronavirus. The centre-right think tank said a simpler, fairer and more flexible ticketing system – with peak fares scrapped – is required as part of measures to avoid a spiral… View Article

WFH surge saw the number of people commuting five days a week fall to just 15 per cent of pre-pandemic levels

Total commuter journeys fell to just 45 per cent of pre-pandemic levels, and only 41 per cent into London, according to analysis by the Centre for Policy Studies (CPS). But five-day-a-week, peak-hour commuting has taken the hardest hit – with levels down by 85 per cent compared to pre-Covid levels, the think-tank said. The data is… View Article

Rail could cost £6bn per year without government reform

An analysis by UK think tank Centre for Policy Studies (CPS) argued that without a complete makeover, the network will fall into a decline and underinvestment scenario that could force the government to either increase income tax or cut services to revive it. “The pandemic fundamentally changed the nature of rail in the UK,” said… View Article

Green quango blocks housing developments across Britain

Speaking at a conference organised by the Centre for Policy Studies, Ben Houchen, mayor of  the Tees Valley combined authority, said: “Natural England literally three weeks ago without any consultation just decided to slap on nutrient neutrality as a requirement for any approval of housing, which now means that all five local authority areas that cover… View Article

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