IEA releases report on immigration policy post-Brexit

The UK’s approach to immigration policy is economically damaging, too restrictive when it comes to high-skilled workers and does not reflect the British public’s nuanced attitudes towards immigration, according to a new report from the Institute of Economic Affairs. The report, out today, outlines a liberal, economically sensible immigration system that could be practically adopted ... Continue reading

IEA reacts to launch of NHS long-term plan

Commenting ahead of the launch of the NHS long-term plan, Associate Director at the Institute of Economic Affairs Kate Andrews said: “This long-term strategy for improving the National Health Service seems to be a well-disguised effort to kick the can down the road, pouring vast sums of taxpayer money into a broken system that has ... Continue reading

IEA reacts to High Pay Centre analysis of executive pay

Commenting on the High Pay Centre's analysis of executive pay released today, Mark Littlewood, Director General at the Institute of Economic Affairs said: “'Fat Cat Friday' is a gimmick heavily reliant on stoking public hostility as a means of pressuring companies to lower salaries at the top end. "But this tactic stems from two false ... Continue reading

IEA reacts to latest rail fare rise

Commenting on the rise of rail fares this year, Dr Richard Wellings, Head of Transport at the Institute of Economic Affairs said: “If rail fares were not raised, taxpayers would be forced to pay even more to subsidise the rail industry. Their annual bill is already an astounding £6.4 billion. It would be deeply unfair ... Continue reading

Christopher Snowdon comments on plans to expand carrier bag charges to corner shops

Commenting on the Environment Secretary's plans to double carrier bag charges and extend them to smaller shops, the IEA's Head of Lifestyle Economics Christopher Snowdon said: “The exemption for small shops reflected the fact that people don’t tend to take reusable bags with them when they pop into a corner shop. That was a sensible ... Continue reading

Christopher Snowdon reacts to Public Health England proposal

Commenting on the proposed calorie caps for ready-meals and restaurant meals, the IEA's Head of Lifestyle Economics Christopher Snowdon said: “These demands are worthy of Nero or Caligula. The government needs to bring Public Health England to heel before they ruin the food supply. The calorie caps are arbitrary, unscientific and unrealistic. It is reasonable ... Continue reading

A note from Neil Record

A note from Neil Record, Chairman of the IEA Board of Trustees: “The Charity Commission has requested that the IEA remove the publication ‘Plan A+: Creating a prosperous post-Brexit’ UK from our website and cease its promotion. The Commission’s concerns do not relate to any questions of accuracy. The IEA board of trustees has agreed to comply with this request. ... Continue reading

IEA releases report on the side effects of trade sanctions

More and more, governments are using sanctions as a tool to change the behaviour of other countries - most notably the USA. But according to a new IEA report released today, these sanctions are often ineffective and can have damaging consequences. The report, 'Blocking Progress: The damaging side effects of economic sanctions', makes the case ... Continue reading

IEA opens new education centre in collaboration with the University of Buckingham

The Institute of Economic Affairs, in collaboration with the University of Buckingham, today announces the opening of the Vinson Centre, which will house the Centre for Economics and Entrepreneurship at the university. Thanks to the generous donation from entrepreneur and Vice President of the IEA Lord Vinson, this centre will be dedicated to exploring the ... Continue reading
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IEA release report on the effect of a "No-Deal" Brexit on UK ports

Today the Institute of Economic Affairs launches another briefing in its series of ‘no deal’ Brexit Fear-Checkers to help separate theoretical risks from reality; Project Fear from Project Fact. These short briefings look at a particular warning about the impact of leaving the EU without a deal, assess the problem, and outline what can be ... Continue reading