Commenting on reports that the Chancellor will extend the stamp duty holiday until June, Julian Jessop Economics Fellow at free market think tank the Institute of Economic Affairs, said:  "Any extension to the stamp duty holiday would be welcome, but the Chancellor should go further and look at ways to scrap the tax altogether. "Most economists agree ... Continue reading

Emily Carver writes for Conservative Home

In her bi-weekly article for Conservative Home, IEA Head of Media Emily Carver has highlighted the disproportionate effects lockdown has had on the education of children of lower socio-economic backgrounds. Emily said that "Far from being a leveller, the pandemic has, inevitably, impacted disproportionately the education of the already disadvantaged". Emily argued that now is ... Continue reading
Commenting on Merseyside Police's decision to apologise for claiming "being offensive is an offence" as part of a campaign to encourage people to report hate crime, Marc Glendening, Head of Cultural Affairs at free market think tank the Institute of Economic Affairs, said:  "The decision by Merseyside police to spend taxpayers' money on a mobile ... Continue reading

Julian Jessop quoted in the Evening Standard

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has today released new figures showing the jobless rate has risen to 5.1 per cent.  Julian Jessop, IEA Economics Fellow, was quoted in the Evening Standard saying that the unemployment figures are not as bad as some commentators feared, suggesting that "Once the brakes are taken off, the economy ... Continue reading
Responding to the latest unemployment data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), Julian Jessop, Economics Fellow at free market think tank the Institute of Economic Affairs, said:  "The increase in headline unemployment to 5.1% in the three months to December is not good news, but this rate is still much lower than many had feared a ... Continue reading

Christopher Snowdon writes for the New Statesman

IEA Head of Lifestyle Economics, Christopher Snowdon, has penned an op-ed for the New Statesman, welcoming the Covid vaccine roll-out and criticising calls for any further lockdowns. Snowdon highlights that those who call for zero-Covid cases and further lockdowns have moved the goal posts and would have a hard task convincing the public to agree ... Continue reading
Responding to Boris Johnson's roadmap to lift lockdown measures in England, Christopher Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at free market think tank the Institute of Economic Affairs, said:  "Boris Johnson’s sluggish timetable will do unnecessary damage to businesses and livelihoods. By Easter, everybody who has more than a remote chance of dying from Covid-19 will have ... Continue reading

Mark Littlewood writes for The Times

Although the budget is intended to be an annual set piece, thinking in terms of a timeframe of a single year would be "a nonsensical way for the chancellor to navigate the choppy waters he faces", writes IEA Director General Mark Littlewood. In his biweekly column for The Times, Mark argues that the Chancellor must ... Continue reading

Professor Len Shackleton writes for CapX

School closures over the past year have been "damaging to the mental health of some of our children and the educational progress of almost all of them", writes IEA Editorial and Research Fellow Professor Len Shackleton. While some of this damage may be reparable through extra support, the pandemic has exposed "longstanding problems in our ... Continue reading
New briefing paper from the Institute of Economic Affairs warns policy cannot solely focus on short-term recovery The long-term costs to individuals and the economy of school closures are likely to be substantial – and will fall most heavily on poorer or otherwise disadvantaged children. It is vital that children return to school as soon ... Continue reading