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Online safety bill ‘a recipe for censorship’, say campaigners

The centre-right CPS thinktank was similarly critical. “It is for parliament to determine what is sufficiently harmful that it should not be allowed, not for Ofcom or individual platforms to guess,” it said. “If something is legal to say, it should be legal to type,” CPS’s director, Robert Colvile, added. Read more in The Guardian… View Article

Stamp duty holiday help extended until September in today’s Budget

Lockdown measures and pent-up demand for houses has caused the time it takes to buy a property to double, according to mortgage broker Trussle. At the same time, a recent report by the Centre for Policy Studies (CPS) said the tax break had increased house sales to their highest level since before the 2007 financial… View Article

Rishi Sunak announces locations of eight new freeports across England in a bid to boost international trade

Rishi Sunak today unveiled the eight sites for the first freeports to be created in England. The Chancellor used the Budget to confirm the locations of the ‘special economic zones’ that were first announced in the Tories’ 2019 election manifesto. In 2016, Mr Sunak – before he was given a ministerial role – authored a… View Article

‘Red Wall’ Tory MPs demand a ‘Northern Big Bang’ of investment and Government action to boost the region

Northern Tories are today demanding Boris Johnson trigger an economic ‘Big Bang’ as part of his plan to ‘level up the country’. Read more in the Daily Mail here.

The Times view on how to level up: Big Bang Up North

The Conservatives won the 2019 general election with a promise to “get Brexit done and level up the country”. Voters in those parts of the country which could do with being levelled up have shown considerable patience since then. Read more in The Times here.

Red Wall voters backed programme for radical change, now Tories must deliver it

A burst of private sector investment could create a Northern Big Bang, comparable to the 1980s Big Bang in the City of London, write Jake Berry MP and Nick King. Read more here.

Universal Credit ‘tax on workers’ should be cut to help Brits get back to employment, says thinktank

Universal credit’s tax on workers should be cut to help struggling Brits back into employment, a new think tank report has said. The current system makes it “less worthwhile for claimants to take up employment”, a briefing paper by the Centre for Policy Studies said. Read more in The Sun here.

Bailing out Eurostar would be an insult to the north

News that Eurostar is about to go bust should surprise no one. Europe is closing its borders and passenger demand for rail travel with the Continent has collapsed. Read more in The Times here.

Treatment of teachers in Covid pandemic is storing up trouble for the future

The first lockdown left every parent I know with a newfound respect for teachers. But this time, they are being told to clap for them on a Thursday — and complain about them on a Friday. Read more in The Times here.

UK risks longer dependency on fossil fuels without nuclear

UK risks longer dependency on fossil fuels without nuclear. Read more on FT here.

UK must commit to new nuclear power or risk energy shortfall, report says

The government must commit to developing more nuclear capacity if the UK is to cope with the expected doubling of electricity demand by 2050, a new report has found. According to the Centre for Policy Studies, failure to invest in new nuclear power could see the UK forced to choose between hitting its net zero… View Article

Speaking at the Centre for Policy Studies think tank, Ms Truss announced a new equalities data project, to report next summer

Speaking at the Centre for Policy Studies think tank, Ms Truss announced a new equalities data project, to report next summer, that will amass information on life outcomes to work out where the most disadvantaged are based. Read more in The Telegraph here.

A three-year freeze could save the Exchequer up to £23 billion, says think tank

The Centre for Policy Studies think-tank has estimated a three-year freeze could save the Exchequer up to £23 billion. Read more in The Telegraph here.

Abolishing stamp duty, scrapping 45p income tax would boost economic growth, says report

The Centre for Policy Studies claims the UK would rise from 22nd to 9th in the International Tax Competitiveness Index. Read more in The Telegraph here.

Rishi Sunak urged to replace ‘unfair’ Triple Lock as amount rises

The Centre for Policy Studies (CPS) has said the Triple Lock is creating a strain on the public purse, and that instead an alternative approach should be considered. It comes as the think tank released its nine-point plan for helping the Treasury save money as Britain recovers from the financial impact of the pandemic. Read more… View Article

Scrap pensions triple lock to help save UK finances, says influential thinktank

A right-of-centre thinktank with close links to Downing Street has called for the pensions triple lock to be scrapped, the aid budget to be cut and child benefit further limited as part of £30bn worth of spending cuts designed to spare the UK from post Covid-19 tax increases.   You can read more here.

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