IEA report on childcare features in the Financial Times

The IEA's recent report, 'Getting the state out of childcare' which looks at current childcare policy, has been quoted in the Financial Times today. In the article the report's findings that many families spend one-third of their net income on childcare, putting it on a scale with mortgage payments, is cited. Read the full article here.... Continue reading
Every once in a while, an idea turns from captivating to dominating – pushing all others into the back seat, and along with them the inconvenient facts and snippets of reality that don’t confirm or conform to the idea at play. This, I fear, is the lens through which to view the Scottish first minister’s ... Continue reading
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In the last couple of years, the qualifications systems in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland – all of which allow schools to choose between multiple examination boards – have faced criticism from politicians and in the media. Many argue that qualification and assessment choice introduces perverse incentives for exam boards to decrease standards and inflate ... Continue reading
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Mark Littlewood appears on BBC Question Time

Mark Littlewood, Director General at the Institute of Economic Affairs appeared on BBC Question Time last night alongside David Mundell MP, John Swinney MSP, Shadow Attorney General Shami Chakrabarti and author Val McDermid. You can watch the full programme here. On whether Scotland should hold a second independence referendum following the Brexit vote:  "The 2014 ... Continue reading
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IEA report features in the Mail Online

A new IEA report, ‘Getting the State out of of Pre School and Childcare’,  which finds how government intervention has pushed up the costs of childcare for families has featured in on the Mail Online. The article cites how families who are most in need of help are not gettin git because Government subsidies are ... Continue reading

Nerissa Chesterfield writes for Cap X

Nerissa Chesterfield, Communications Officer at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for Cap X explaining why less government intervention in the childcare sector will bring down costs for families. In her article Nerissa argues that excessive regulation in the sector has exacerbated costs across the board, with very little evidence to suggest an improved ... Continue reading

IEA report features on BBC News website

A new IEA report, ‘Getting the State out of of Pre School and Childcare’,  which finds how government intervention has pushed up the costs of childcare for families has featured on the BBC News website. The article cites how the right to 15 hours universal free care a week has distorted the market price of ... Continue reading

Ryan Bourne writes for ConservativeHome

Ryan Bourne, co-author of the IEA's latest report on childcare has written for Conservative Home explaining how the Tories are getting intervention in the sector so wrong. In his article Ryan argues that current childcare policy is an unjustified mess - with unmet objectives and conflicting aims. Government policy encourages employment and use of formal ... Continue reading

Len Shackleton writes for City AM

Len Shackleton, Editorial Research fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written an article for City AM following the release of his latest report on the cost of government intervention in the childcare sector. In his article Len argues that government policy has made childcare expensive for both parents, many of whom are paying ... Continue reading

IEA report features on ITV News website

A new IEA report, ‘Getting the State out of of Pre School and Childcare’,  which finds how government intervention has pushed up the costs of childcare for families has featured on the ITV News website. The article cites how attempts to improve the quality of childcare have ended up increasing the amount of regulation, while ... Continue reading