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National Insurance: A Plan to Blunt the Pain

In a briefing note, Robert Colvile and Tom Clougherty set out how, by raising the employee National Insurance threshold, the Government can shield those on median and lower incomes from the incoming NICs rise entirely, and at a relatively low cost.

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Pricing Pollution Properly

Eamonn Ives - Energy

Britain has made impressive progress on decarbonisation – but the most painful part of the process lies ahead The consensus behind Net Zero could fracture if decarbonisation is perceived as unfair, or if it raises costs for consumers excessively Evidence shows that market mechanisms such as carbon pricing have been successful at delivering decarbonisation cost… View Article

Strength in Union


Following the 7th anniversary of the referendum on Scottish Independence, Andrew Bowie MP and the CPS, the country’s leading centre-right think tank, have brought together an all-star cast of Conservatives to highlight what the Union means to them and why they believe its continuation is of benefit to all its people.

Fair Welfare

James Heywood - Public Services

The welfare state in Britain has become uniquely unpopular. A major three-year research programme, including polling and focus groups by the Centre for Policy Studies and Public First.

Homes for Heroes

Alex Morton - Housing

New CPS report is calling for changes to help key workers get their foot on the property ladder, and repay them for their efforts during the pandemic.

Is Manchester Greater? A New Analysis of NHS Integration

Karl Williams - Health

The CPS argues that Government should prioritise bottom-up integration and collaboration, as well as gathering more evidence from existing pilot schemes, rather than pursuing another top-down reorganisation of the NHS on an insufficient evidence base – especially given the strain the health service is already under due to the pandemic.

Reshaping Spaces: Building Back Better

Jethro Elsden -

Even before Covid, 25-40% of retail space was no longer viable or needed. Yet councils are doing little to ensure these vacant properties are being converted or redesignated.

Britain Speaks: The New Language of Politics and Business

Dr Frank Luntz - Politics

Dr Frank Luntz, the world’s leading expert on political language and communication, has spent the summer working with the Centre for Policy Studies on a landmark survey of the British public’s language and values.  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… View Article

The Competition and Markets Authority: a reboot for the 2020s

Lord Tyrie -

Two thirds of businesses do not know that the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) enforces competition law in the UK and two fifths have never heard of it, prejudicing the deterrence on which the effectiveness of competition and consumer protection policy depends, according to former Chairman, Andrew Tyrie. The Board needs to retake control of the… View Article

Briefing Note: Housing and Immigration

Alex Morton - Housing

In this note, we argue that the Government could use the Planning Bill to incorporate net migration in housing estimates in a more transparent way. This will improve both policy and political debate around housing, not least by highlighting the hypocrisy of those who argue that we should both relax migration controls and build fewer homes…. View Article

Clean Free Trade: Championing free trade, economic growth and the environment

Eamonn Ives -

The UK has positioned itself post-Brexit as a champion of both free trade and environmental protection. A major new Centre for Policy Studies paper argues that these goals can and should be mutually reinforcing – that the UK should use its post-Brexit trading freedoms to push for green growth The report recommends: Abolishing all tariffs… View Article

Lost Learning: How children can catch up after Covid

Rachel Wolf -

New polling by Public First for the Centre for Policy Studies think tank shows that over two thirds (67%) of parents think children in England have been negatively affected by lockdown. A follow-up poll found that 57% of parents would support extending the school day by 30 minutes to give more time to catch up on… View Article

The Housing Guarantee

Alex Morton -

A new report by the Centre for Policy Studies calls for changes to the planning system to open up the market and allow better access for small and medium sized companies and to diversify the housing supply.

Budget 2021: A Recipe for Recovery?

Tom Clougherty - Economy

CPS urges Chancellor to help private sector drive recovery

History Repeating? The lessons of the postwar recovery

Jethro Elsden - Economy

History Repeating? The lessons of the postwar recovery

Don’t Hike Stamp Duty

Jethro Elsden -

A report by the Centre for Policy Studies looks at the effects of the measure introduced by the Chancellor in response to the pandemic, and finds that after an initial sharp decline in sales between April-June 2020, the number of transactions increased from 132,090 in Q2 to 225,870 in Q3 and 316,300 by the end of Q4 – the highest level since before the global financial crisis in 2007/8.

A Northern Big Bang: Unleashing Investment in the North

Nick King -

A new CPS report sets out a series of recommendations on how to stimulate private sector investment and create a globally recognised, economic powerhouse in the North of England. The aim would be to replicate the impact of the 1980s Big Bang, which unlocked billions of pounds of investment in London and the South East, but with a set of measures which reflect the North’s existing strengths and future potential.

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