Prof. Len Shackleton writes for CapX

IEA Editorial and Research Fellow, Prof. Len Shackleton, commented on the Labour Party's plans to overhaul the UK labour market which includes a  French-style ‘right to disconnect’ and a ‘real living wage’ of at least £10 an hour for all ages in an op-ed for CapX. Len argued: "Of course, these proposals will appeal to ... Continue reading
Government and Institutions

Annabel Denham writes for The Spectator

Annabel Denham, Director of Communications at the IEA, argued that the pandemic has demonstrated that big state intervention is a recipe for disaster, with the government failing to deliver a series of costly projects highlighted by a recent Public Accounts Committee report. In an op-ed for The Spectator, Annabel said: "Far from vindicating the socialists, ... Continue reading
Tax and Fiscal Policy

Mark Littlewood writes for The Times

In his bi-weekly column for The Times, IEA Director General Mark Littlewood argued that Boris Johnson may know what he wants when he say's 'levelling-up', but he fails to grasp how he can spread wealth and opportunities to Britain's forgotten regions. Instead of outdated costly infrastructure projects and empty rhetoric, Mark suggested the government take ... Continue reading
Lifestyle Economics

Christopher Snowdon quoted in

CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is a chemical found in cannabis which is used for medication. The UK is currently the worlds second largest market for CBD, and industry leaders are urging the UK to embrace CBD and become global leaders in its production. Commenting on the news in, IEA Head of Lifestyle Economics ... Continue reading

Victoria Hewson quoted in The Telegraph

Wine is set to become 13p cheaper, according to industry experts, as the UK  scraps VI-1 forms, a EU regulation which tests the acidity of the wine, something which is not done for beer or spirits. Commenting on the news in The Telegraph, IEA Head of Regulatory Affairs, Victoria Hewson, said: "Getting rid of bureaucracy ... Continue reading
Government and Institutions

Christopher Snowdon writes for City AM

In an opinion column for City AM, IEA Head of Lifestyle Economics, Christopher Snowdon, discussed how policy making in Britain is trapped by 'status-quo bias', which Christopher described as "a form of small-c conservatism in which people have a preference for what they have become accustomed to even when it is clearly suboptimal from their ... Continue reading
Government and Institutions

Annabel Denham writes for The Spectator

In an op-ed for The Spectator, IEA Director of Communications, Annabel Denham, argued opinion polls are not the most accurate ways of understanding an individual's desires or intentions and can often be wildly inaccurate. Instead, peoples behaviour is a key indicator of a person's priorities. Annabel argued that government policy has recently been heavily guided ... Continue reading

Emily Carver writes for Conservative Home

In her latest column for Conservative Home, IEA Head of Media, Emily Carver, sympathised with the plight of students and teachers during the pandemic but argued plans to make examinations easier is the not the answer to helping pupils catch-up with their education. Emily said: "Making it easier for students to pass their exams won’t ... Continue reading

Prof. Len Shackleton quoted by Sky News

The government is expected to announce an increase in National Insurance Contributions (NIC) to help fund social care in the UK. Prof. Len Shackleton, Editorial & Research Fellow at the IEA, was quoted by Sky News condemning the proposals. Len argued: "It is wrong to place the burden of this tax squarely on the shoulders ... Continue reading

Prof. Len Shackleton quoted in City AM

The government has reportedly reached an agreement to fund social care with a 1 per cent increase in National Insurance Contributions (NIC). The increase is expected to raise £10bn a year to fund social care, with both employers and employees seeing their tax burden increase. Responding to the policy in City AM, IEA Editorial & ... Continue reading