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CPS welcomes Government action on childcare costs

The Centre for Policy Studies today welcomed the Government’s proposals to improve the cost, choice and availability of childcare, which mirror many of the suggestions made in a recent report. As the CPS has highlighted, the Government’s pledge to consult on cutting ratio regulations is a crucial first step in making sure the cost of… View Article

CPS welcomes support for most vulnerable, but warns over windfall tax

The Centre for Policy Studies today welcomed the Government’s action on the cost of living crisis, but warned that the windfall tax would have adverse long-term effects. The increased support the Chancellor announced today for households to help mitigate the cost of living crisis is extremely welcome, especially for the most vulnerable Focusing support on… View Article

CPS welcomes energy security strategy, but warns of missed opportunities

The Centre for Policy Studies today welcomed the Government’s new energy security strategy, but warned that it may do little to bring down bills in the short term. The CPS welcomed the core decision to bolster domestic energy supply, having led the way in warning about the threats to our energy security. It also welcomed… View Article

Robert Colvile

Sunak brings in Universal Working Income – and credits CPS

The Centre for Policy Studies warmly welcomed the Chancellor’s landmark decision to raise National Insurance thresholds to the same level as income tax, in response to the cost of living crisis.   This policy, the Universal Working Income, was suggested by the Centre for Policy Studies in its landmark 2018 paper Make Work Pay, and was… View Article

Online Safety Bill still faces serious problems

Responding to the Government’s Online Safety Bill, Robert Colvile, Director of the Centre for Policy Studies, said: ‘The latest formulation of the Online Safety Bill makes welcome steps towards restricting the scope of the ‘legal but harmful’ aspect of the Bill, and a strengthened role for parliament is a necessary development. ‘However, we remain deeply… View Article

‘Inclusive Britain’ strategy represents practical plan for tackling inequalities

Responding to the Government’s ‘Inclusive Britain’ strategy Callum Price, Head of Communications at the Centre for Policy Studies, said: “The Government is right to back the Sewell report’s argument that the causes of ethnic disparities are complex and diverse, and require a range of policy responses to address them. Unfair treatment on the basis of… View Article

CPS welcomes White Paper, but says private sector must be at the heart of levelling up

The Centre for Policy Studies think tank today welcomed the publication of the Levelling Up White Paper – and in particular the credit given at the Despatch Box by Michael Gove to the CPS’s work in this area.   But it urged ministers to do more to put business, the private sector and private sector… View Article

Robert Colvile

Proposals to reform higher education will help protect students

Speaking on the new consulation by the Department for Education and Office for Students on higher education, Robert Colvile, Director of the Centre for Policy Studies, said: “It is excellent news that the Government is taking action on higher education as we suggested in our report The Value of University. Under the current system, universities are… View Article

UK – Australia free trade deal knocks protectionists for six

Welcoming the news that the United Kingdom has signed a free trade deal with Australia, Centre for Policy Studies Research Fellow Nick King said: “The UK-AUS free trade deal is excellent news for British business and consumers, opening new export markets abroad and lowering prices for consumers at home. The government have done well to ignore… View Article

CPS welcomes taper rate cut but warns on spending and growth

The Centre for Policy Studies think tank welcomed the Government’s decision to cut taxes for the working poor by reducing the Universal Credit taper rate – a flagship CPS policy.

Robert Colvile

Ministers urged to create 250,000 new homes for `heroes´ of the pandemic

The Government is being urged to create 250,000 new homes for key workers as a reward for their efforts during the pandemic. The Centre for Policy Studies – a centre-right think tank – has called on ministers to set aside land for a new class of “homes for heroes”.

Social care tax will reduce take home pay and hold back wage growth

The Government should be praised for having the courage to grasp the nettle on this issue. There are no perfect options here – but that said, it is disappointing that ministers have chosen to stick with the Dilnot model, which entrenches housing inequalities, rather than the state pension model proposed by the CPS and Damian Green MP.

Robert Colvile

New analysis of NHS integration model finds no evidence it is improving outcomes

The Government is embarking on the most significant NHS reforms for a decade, with the aim of improving collaboration and integration across health and social care.

Robert Colvile

CPS welcomes Government’s embrace of hydrogen for transport

Hydrogen will be crucial to achieving a Net Zero economy, and it’s encouraging to see the Government recognise the important role it has to play.

Robert Colvile

Government’s Transport Decarbonisation Plan misses chance to test road pricing

Responding to the Government’s Transport Decarbonisation Plan, published today, Eamonn Ives, CPS Head of Energy and Environment, said: ‘The Transport Decarbonisation Plan was a great opportunity to drive forward the Government’s Net Zero mission. Some of its policies were certainly welcome, and have been long-standing CPS policy proposals. The promised consultation on reforming the Bus… View Article

CPS publishes landmark survey by Dr Frank Luntz on politics, economics and culture wars

What does Britain really think? Dr Luntz, a Visiting Academic Fellow at the think tank, has conducted one of the most extensive polling exercises yet seen, uncovering the public’s sentiments on language and values.

Robert Colvile

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