Christopher Snowdon writes for City AM

IEA Head of Lifestyle Economics, Christopher Snowdon, has written for City AM on Scotland's failed experiment with a lower drink driving limit. Evidence suggests that despite the hope of reducing drink driving accidents, the lower limit was not associated with a decline in road traffic accidents. Instead, the policy damaged the pub trade. Christopher said: ... Continue reading

Christopher Snowdon writes for The Critic

In an article for The Critic, IEA Head of Lifestyle Economics Christopher Snowdon commented on the World Health Organisation's (WHO) decision to appoint the UK to lead a new Sugar and Calorie Reduction Network to take global action on sugar and calorie reduction. The scheme will be run by the new Office for Health Improvement ... Continue reading

Professor Len Shackleton quoted in the Daily Express

The Chancellor Rishi Sunak has hailed the latest ONS UK labour market figures as proof of his plan for jobs is working. IEA Editorial and Research Fellow, Professor Len Shackleton, commented on the data in the Daily Express saying: "although the UK labour market is in a much better place than seemed possible in the ... Continue reading

Emily Carver writes for Conservative Home

IEA Head of Media, Emily Carver, has argued that the government should have listened to the advice of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) and not approved the roll out of vaccines for children aged 12-15. The JCVI argued that although there are marginal benefits from vaccination, there is "considerable uncertainty" and the ... Continue reading
Tax and Fiscal Policy

Annabel Denham writes for The Spectator

IEA Director of Communications, Annabel Denham has written on the problems with childcare policy, arguing that spending more taxpayers' money on subsidies will fail to improve the issue of rising demand and falling supply. In an op-ed for The Spectator, Annabel claims government subsidies, which are below the market rate, have increased costs on parents ... Continue reading
Economic Theory

Alexander Hammond writes for CapX

In an article for CapX, IEA Policy Analyst and Director of the Initiative for African Trade and Prosperity, Alexander Hammond, cited new research released by the Fraser Institute, in conjunction with the IEA, which ranks the level of economic freedom for 165 nations. The UK ranks 12th, up one position from last year. Alexander argues ... Continue reading

Annabel Denham writes for The Telegraph

In a  debate column for The Telegraph, IEA Director of Communications Annabel Denham argued children should be offered the Covid jab. Although the health risks of catching Covid are low for children aged 12-15, inoculating this age group would help slow the spread of the virus and would thus prevent the indirect effects of Covid, ... Continue reading
Tax and Fiscal Policy

Julian Jessop quoted in the Daily Express

IEA Economics Fellow, Julian Jessop, welcomed the suspension of the triple lock pension this year, arguing it is "unsustainable" in the long-term and puts huge pressure on the public finances. Quoted in the Daily Express, Julian said: "The triple lock is not sustainable in its current form, because of the way it is designed. Pensioners ... Continue reading
Tax and Fiscal Policy

Julian Jessop quoted in The Telegraph

Office for National Statistic (ONS) data on GDP shows an anaemic growth rate of just 0.1 per cent, leaving the economy 2.1 per cent below its pre-pandemic level. IEA Economics Fellow, Julian Jessop, responded to the figures in The Telegraph saying: "While there are good reasons to think this is only a temporary pause, the ... Continue reading
Tax and Fiscal Policy

Mark Littlewood referenced in The Guardian

Opposition to the governments decision to increase National Insurance to fund social care is growing amongst free market organisations. In an op-ed for The Guardian, Katy Balls listed the opposition against the policy, referencing IEA Director General of the Institute of Economic Affairs, Mark Littlewood, who described the NIC hike as "a moral outrage". Read ... Continue reading