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The new fight for fairness – Liz Truss’ speech at the Centre for Policy Studies

Today the Minister for Women and Equalities, the Rt Hon Liz Truss MP, delivered a landmark speech setting a new approach to tackling inequality across the UK.   At the heart of the new direction will be a commitment to individual dignity and opportunity. This is the first time in several years that a Cabinet minister has delivered… View Article

Online Harms Bill must protect freedom of speech as well as the young and vulnerable

Responding to today’s Government statement on plans to regulate online harms, Robert Colvile, Director of the CPS, said: “We are pleased to see the Government is moving in the right direction on online harms, and adopting a more balanced approach as set out by the CPS’s paper in the summer.  “We recommended treating large and small… View Article

CPS Response to the Chancellor’s Spending Review for 2021-22

Read the press release   Responding to the Chancellor’s Spending Review for 2021-22, Robert Colvile, Director of the CPS, said: “Today’s spending review recognises the extraordinary scale of the Government’s fiscal response to the pandemic, but also the extraordinary and long-lasting economic damage that it has inflicted. “It is right to prioritise jobs, health and… View Article

Capital Gains Tax rise will impede growth and investment

Responding to proposals by the Office of Tax Simplification to bring Capital Gains Tax  rates in line with income tax, Robert Colvile, Director of the CPS, said: “As our Head of Tax, Tom Clougherty, pointed out in a recent CPS briefing note, aligning Capital Gains Tax and Income Tax rates, as suggested by the Office of Tax Simplification, would seriously… View Article

New report sets out £30bn in government savings

The coronavirus crisis has left a gaping hole in the public finances. Government figured being released this week (Wednesday) are expected to show borrowing has reached historic levels as a result of the pandemic. Instead of raising taxes, which would risk choking off recovery, the Government should first ensure that every pound of existing spending is… View Article

UK ranks in bottom half of international tax competitiveness index

UK comes 22nd out of 36 OECD countries in 2020 International Tax Competitiveness Index, published today by the US-based Tax Foundation. 16 European countries are already outperforming UK on tax competitiveness. The UK currently ranks 33rd out of 36 on property taxes, 17th for corporation tax and 24th on personal income taxes. Tax rises on business reportedly being considered… View Article

CPS welcomes PM’s commitment to ‘Generation Buy’

In an interview with The Daily Telegraph today, the Prime Minister stressed his commitment to helping ‘Generation Buy’ via long-term fixed-rate mortgages – a Conservative manifesto proposal inspired by the Centre for Policy Studies’s landmark report ‘Resentful Renters’. The report was written by entrepreneur and philanthropist Graham Edwards, Executive Chairman of Telereal Trillium and Chair… View Article

CPS responds to Chancellor’s Winter Economic Plan

The Centre for Policy Studies, the leading centre-right think tank, welcomed the announcement of the Chancellor’s Winter Economy Plan.   Robert Colvile, Director of the CPS, said: ‘With the resurgence of the coronavirus and the tightening of restrictions, it was clear that some form of continued employment support would be needed – but that the… View Article

Pension-style solution is best fix for social care crisis, finds new study

With more than 1 in 20 care home residents having died from coronavirus, the need to fix the crisis in social care is more acute than ever  New analysis from the Centre for Policy Studies compares the leading models for social care reform  It finds that the system proposed by the Dilnot commission would be… View Article

CPS strongly welcomes new White Paper on planning

The Centre for Policy Studies today welcomed the publication of the Government’s White Paper, ‘Planning for the Future’. The think tank praised the focus on delivering sufficient new build homes and home ownership, which has been the core focus of its own work on housing. The CPS also welcomed the move towards giving communities greater… View Article

The UK must be the champion of global entrepreneurship, says former Johnson adviser

The coronavirus pandemic is calling globalisation into question as businesses focus more on regionalised trade. A new report by James Sproule, former senior business adviser to Boris Johnson in Downing Street, argues that the key to making the UK a champion for global entrepreneurship – and making the vision of Global Britain a reality –… View Article

Coronavirus: the situation is even worse than our early estimates

The impact of coronavirus will be far higher than expected In April, the Centre for Policy Studies published the first full estimate of the cost of coronavirus, predicting that borrowing this year could exceed £300 billion. The OBR’s central estimate is now £322 billion, which does not include the package of up to £30 billion announced… View Article

CPS responds to Chancellor’s statement

The Centre for Policy Studies responds to the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s summer economic update, and his Plan for Jobs. On the temporary cut to Stamp Duty, Alex Morton, CPS Head of Policy, said:  “We are delighted to see the cut in Stamp duty announced today – as one of the most hated and economically damaging taxes, this… View Article

Digital technologies can boost Britain’s small businesses

22% of small and medium-sized enterprises still don’t use digital platforms, such as Google, Facebook and LinkedIn, in their daily operations 61% of senior decision makers in British SMEs believe that technology and digital platforms have helped their business to expand Half (49%) agree that digital platforms have allowed their businesses to compete more effectively… View Article

CPS launches ‘Going for Growth’ programme

This week, the Centre for Policy Studies – the UK’s leading centre-right think tank – published a landmark report, written with the Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, on how the economy can recover in the wake of the pandemic. ‘After the Virus’ is the first comprehensive study of how to repair the economic damage caused… View Article

We need to focus on jobs and growth, not austerity

Major new report by Sajid Javid MP and Centre for Policy Studies sets out a vision for economic recovery after the pandemic. ‘After the Virus’ is the first detailed post-crisis blueprint for how to renew growth across every part of the UK. Former Chancellor warns that the crisis is likely to exacerbate the regional disparities… View Article

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