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

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

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

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

Professor Len Shackleton quoted in The Telegraph

The Supreme Court has ruled Uber drivers are workers and entitled to holiday pay, and the minimum wage. The move will have major repercussions for the gig economy. Professor Len Shackleton, Editorial and Research Fellow at the IEA, responded to the ruling warning that it "will raise costs for Uber users, who are often young ... Continue reading

Kristian Niemietz writes for CapX

Kristian Niemietz,  Head of Political Economy at the IEA, has called for the UK to have a rational discussion about the NHS in an article for CapX. Niemietz pointed out that policy makers have accepted the need to compare the UK's performance in education and productivity to other nations in order to learn from our ... Continue reading

Mark Littlewood quoted in The Big Issue

Sir Keir Starmer delivered a key speech earlier this week outlining his plans for Britain if Labour were in power.  The speech called for  the state to play a more active role in the UK economy. Mark Littlewood, Director General of the IEA, swiftly condemned Labour's plans as "disappointing". Littlewood argued: "A strong economic recovery ... Continue reading
Tax and Fiscal Policy

Julian Jessop quoted in City AM

Sir Keir Starmer has called for the establishment of a UK recovery bond to help raise money to invest in public services and communities across Britain. Responding to the Labour's policy announcement in City AM, IEA Economics Fellow Julian Jessop said he struggled to see the point of a recovery bond arguing: "People can already ... Continue reading

IEA Chairman Neil Record quoted in the Daily Express

IEA Chairman Neil Record has demanded Deputy Labour Leader Angela Rayner apologise for accusations she made about the IEA and Matt Hancock following an IEA report 'Viral Myths' which was critical of the NHS's performance during the pandemic. Rayner claimed the IEA bank rolled the Health Secretary in a tweet following the release of the ... Continue reading