Len Shackleton responds to Public Accounts Committee report

Commenting on a Public Accounts Committee report, which finds that apprenticeship reforms are failing to deliver, the IEA’s Editorial and Research Fellow Prof Len Shackleton said: “The failure of the government’s policy on apprenticeships, like so many other schemes in the past, is no surprise; it was widely predicted. The levy has turned out to ... Continue reading

IEA responds to report from the British Medical Journal about the IEA's work on public health

The BMJ’s report does not seem to have unearthed any new information. The funding information they claim to ‘reveal’ has been in the public domain for years. Their report seems to centrally rely on a document from 1999, which predates our Director General and all IEA senior staff by more than a decade. The report ... Continue reading

Kate Andrews comments on Labour plans

Commenting on the Labour Party’s energy nationalisation proposal, Associate Director at the Institute of Economic Affairs Kate Andrews said: "Nationalising the UK’s energy grid would jeopardise access to basic essentials, stepping back into an era of controlled industrial strategy. "In the 1990s - the decade of liberalisation in the energy market - household electricity bills  ... Continue reading

IEA report encourages more competition in health & social care systems

Competition and markets should be introduced into the UK's health and social care systems to find the best ways of integrating the two sectors, according to a new report from the Institute of Economic Affairs. A ‘National Care Service’ is not the solution to providing better health care overall in the UK. The health sector ... Continue reading

Len Shackleton responds to Labour plans to raise the minimum wage

Responding to reports that the Labour Party plan to include under-18s in their proposal to raise the minimum wage to £10 per hour, Professor Len Shackleton, Editorial Research Fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs said: “The Low Pay Commission has provided valuable advice to successive governments for the last twenty years. It has helped ... Continue reading

Christopher Snowdon comments on new study in The Lancet

Responding to a study in The Lancet which claims that harmful drinking is rising, and which endorses alcohol control policies modelled after repressive regimes such as Saudi Arabia, Brunei, and Russia, Christopher Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs said: “If global alcohol consumption increases it will be because the world ... Continue reading

Findings from the Nanny State Index 2019

Only three EU countries are worse than Britain when it comes to nanny state interference, according to the latest research. The Epicenter Nanny State Index has been tracking lifestyle regulation across the EU since 2016. In this year’s edition, Finland once again tops the table, with high scores across all categories: alcohol, e-cigarettes, food & ... Continue reading
The government should resist the urge to introduce subsidies or regulatory protection to prop up failing companies or industries, according to a new briefing from the Institute of Economic Affairs. Handing out subsidies to protect poorly performing businesses, or increasing regulation to protect a company’s management from shareholder influence typically fails to stop the inevitable ... Continue reading

£50,000 for your idea to give everyone in society a real opportunity to succeed on their own merit

The Institute of Economic Affairs is delighted to announce the launch of the third Richard Koch Breakthrough Prize, with the Rt Hon Dominic Raab MP on the judging panel. A first prize of £50,000 will be awarded to the best and boldest entry outlining a ‘Free Market Breakthrough’ policy to give everyone in society, from whatever background, ... Continue reading
Trade, Development, and Immigration
Remaining in a customs union with the EU would make it impossible for the UK to establish an independent trade policy, and render reclaiming policy areas such as agriculture and state aid an impossibility, an IEA briefing argues. With customs union membership still on the table as a way to break the Brexit deadlock, a ... Continue reading