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Centre for Policy Studies calls on MPs to ensure NHS gets value for money

Following reports that three health think tanks have asked the Prime Minister to commit to real-term funding increases for the NHS of 4% every year, the Director of the Centre for Policy Studies, Robert Colvile, has written to Conservative Members of Parliament to voice the think tank’s significant concern that the discussion around funding has… View Article

CPS analysis shows NHS needs reform, not just cash

The topic of extra funding for the NHS is one of the most important in British politics. Yet new research from the Centre for Policy Studies highlights the neglected importance of how that funding is spent – and how it is paid for. This week, the IPPR and IFS have both called for higher taxes to fund the NHS,… View Article

CPS publishes ‘New Blue: Ideas for a New Generation’

The Centre for Policy Studies today publishes a landmark collection of policy essays, ‘New Blue: Ideas for a New Generation’, from rising stars of the 2015 & 2017 intakes of Tory MPs and other fresh voices. ‘New Blue’, which will be launched this evening by the Rt Hon Michael Gove MP at a reception in Parliament,… View Article

Are young people clamouring for Corbyn? New CPS polling sheds light on the new generation

The 2017 election showed that age has replaced class as the great electoral divide in British politics. In its wake, the question of whether and how the Conservatives can win back young voters has become a topic of intense discussion. Now, new polling by YouGov for the Centre for Policy Studies has provided the best… View Article

Powerful Patients, Paperless Systems – a new report by Alan Mak MP

This year the NHS celebrates its 70th anniversary, and its operating systems are in need of an upgrade. A major new report by Havant MP Alan Mak, published by the Centre for Policy Studies, proposes ambitious reforms to the NHS, shedding paper, pagers and fax machines to create a fully digital NHS that will help… View Article

Labour plans for bus travel are ideological and unfair, says CPS

With cost of living a major concern for under-25s, Labour’s promise of free bus travel seems like a compassionate solution. But as ever with Jeremy Corbyn, the devil is in the detail. The primary aim of this policy is not to help young people – but to push councils to nationalise bus services (either via… View Article

CPS welcomes MPs’ call for pensions reform

The Centre for Policy Studies today welcomed the final report by MPs on the Work and Pensions Committee into pensions freedom and choice.  It is heavily influenced by a series of landmark papers on pension reform written by Michael Johnson, Research Fellow at the CPS. Three distinct recommendations stand out: 1. A new “default” pathway… View Article

CPS announces major new policy programme

In November, the Centre for Policy Studies launched its New Generation initiative, to provide a platform for new faces and fresh policy thinking. We are delighted today to announce the launch of a major new effort to support that work. With a year to go until Brexit, we want to develop a new generation of radical policy ideas… View Article

What you need to know about the Spring Statement

In the wake of the Spring Statement, Robert Colvile, Director of the Centre for Policy Studies, picks out the key points:  Chancellor right to guard against complacency On the face of it, Philip Hammond had reason to feel “Tiggerish” on delivering his Spring Statement: lower borrowing, continued employment growth, inflation set to fall, real wages… View Article

Labour still aren’t being honest with the public about nationalisation

John McDonnell promised today, in a speech to a Labour conference, that his nationalisation plans would cost the public “absolutely nothing”. It follows a claim on the Today programme that nationalisation would be “cost-free”. Jeremy Corbyn also claimed today that nationalisation of the energy sector is necessary in order to fight climate change. In fact, as a recent… View Article

McDonnell’s dismissal of nationalisation costs is laughable

Daniel Mahoney, CPS Head of Economic Research, responds to SMF study on costs of nationalising the English water industry: “Two weeks ago, John McDonnell was confronted on the Andrew Marr Show about the CPS’s estimate that nationalising the water sector would have an upfront cost of £86bn. McDonnell dismissed this figure as ‘laughable’. Yet the… View Article

Labour’s nationalisation plans to cost £176bn

New research published today by the Centre for Policy Studies estimates that the cost of Labour’s renationalisation plans would be at least £176billion. This would represent around 10 per cent of the national debt, or nearly £6,500 for every household. It would be enough to pay for central government’s contribution to the cost of 2.9… View Article

Lord Bamford joins the board of the CPS

Lord Saatchi, Chairman of the Centre for Policy Studies, has announced the appointment of Lord Bamford to the Board of the Centre for Policy Studies. The move represents the latest strengthening of the 16-strong CPS Board, following the recent appointments of Lord Hill of Oareford, former European Commissioner; Douglas Flint, former Group Chairman of HSBC;… View Article

Promote home ownership by reserving 50% of new-build homes for UK residents, urges report by Conservative MP

A new report by Croydon South MP Chris Philp, published by the Centre for Policy Studies, proposes further reform of the planning system to increase home building and the promotion of home ownership. With the average first time buyer having to save for 10 years to put together a deposit and home ownership rates falling… View Article

Missed opportunities blight a prudent Budget, says CPS

Daniel Mahoney, Head of Economic Research at the CPS, said: “The headline story from this Budget was the dramatic downgrading of Britain’s productivity forecasts – a minute-long section of Philip Hammond’s speech that will add as much to the deficit as the rest of it put together. In 2019, for example, productivity growth will be… View Article

Fixing Britain’s productivity problem is Hammond’s only option

Low productivity is a crippling problem for the British economy. And it shows little sign of improvement: levels have been virtually flat since 2011. Hourly productivity is now 20% below its pre-crisis trend. This week, the Office for Budget Responsibility is set to slash productivity forecasts. If there is no improvement to productivity levels, Philip… View Article

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