Kate Andrews responds to Labour's policy on childcare

Responding to Labour's plan to expand 30 hours’ free childcare offer, Institute of Economic Affairs' Associate Director Kate Andrews said: “Childcare is a major contributor to the cost of living crisis families in the UK face, but more government intervention is not the answer. "The UK has exceptionally high childcare costs within the OECD precisely because ... Continue reading

Kate Andrews quoted in City A.M.

City A.M. quoted Kate Andrews, Associate Director at the Institute of Economic Affairs, in response to Labour's plans to improve the workplace for women. Kate said the plans, which included fines for businesses which do not publish their gender pay gap data and a requirement for small businesses to do so for the first time, ... Continue reading

Kate Andrews quoted in The Times

The Times quoted the IEA's Associate Director Kate Andrews in response to plans set out by the Labour Party to improve the workplace for women. Kate said the plans - which include the right to request flexible working from day one and increased Statutory Maternity Pay - should be "treated with caution" as they were ... Continue reading

Kate Andrews responds to Labour's latest election annoucement

Responding to Labour's plan to transform the workplace for women, Institute of Economic Affairs' Kate Andrews said: “Labour’s plans to ‘transform the workplace for women’ are misguided and counter-productive.   “Once again, the gender pay gap is being badly conflated with equal pay. Forcing small businesses to report their gender pay gap data would be a ... Continue reading

Kate Andrews writes for City A.M.

Gender pay gap statistics can be used to tell almost any story you want says Kate Andrews, Associate-Director at the Institute of Economic Affairs, but if you look at wider data the meaningful changes are in a direction that favours women. Writing her weekly column for City A.M., Kate notes that the pay gap for ... Continue reading

Len Shackleton quoted in The Times

"Mandatory, artificial controls on top pay” would undermine the ability of UK businesses to compete on the world stage, says Professor Len Shackleton, Editorial and Research Fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs. Responding to The Times, which reported the boss of FTSE 100 company Smith & Nephew had stepped down following a dispute over ... Continue reading

IEA research quoted in the Daily Telegraph

Early retirement may be one reason behind a growing level of depression in older people, says the Daily Telegraph. The paper has reported on new research which showed the number of over 65s being prescribed anti-depressants has more than doubled in the last twenty years, quoting research from a 2013 IEA report which found that ... Continue reading

Mark Littlewood reviews the new Ken Loach film on the gig economy

"It’s not inconceivable that a family in Newcastle would find themselves in such a terrible position, but it did seem to me that the film was too down on the gig economy to be wholly plausible." Mark Littlewood, IEA Director General, is one of several politicians and think tank heads invited by The Observer to ... Continue reading
Labour Market
Assaults on economic freedom come so thick and so fast it is difficult to keep up with them. Here are two recent ones. Chancellor of the Exchequer and once-upon-a-time free marketer Sajid Javid was busy at the Conservative conference. He signed off a huge amount of extra spending without any apparent attention to detail, just ... Continue reading

Mark Littlewood responds to the Chancellor's conference speech

"The 'Brexit red tape challenge' is a welcome step towards removing regulatory barriers that slow economic growth and particularly burden small businesses,” says Mark Littlewood, Director-General at the Institute of Economic Affairs. Mark responded to the challenge - announced as part of Sajid Javid's speech to Conservative Party Conference - by also warning many stifling ... Continue reading