Victoria Hewson writes for Spiked

In an op-ed for Spiked, IEA Head of Regulatory Affairs Victoria Hewson warns that new legislation in the up-coming Queen's speech could spell the end of the free internet. The Online Safety Bill proposes online platforms, including private-message providers, should have a ‘duty of care’ to keep users safe from both illegal and legal ‘harms’ ... Continue reading
New research paper from the Institute of Economic Affairs warns of unintended consequences from regulating online content – Governments are increasingly concerned about what they consider to be the “harmful” content that is widely available through digital platforms. – To counter these perceived harms, governments are seeking to monitor and gain access to these communications. – ... Continue reading

Emily Carver writes for Conservative Home

In her bi-weekly article for Conservative Home, IEA Head of Media Emily Carver has argued that although the proposed European Super League was incredibly unpopular, the government should not have interfered in the debacle. Emily said: "The reaction from Oliver Dowden, the Culture Secretary, should have set alarm bells ringing in the ears of those ... Continue reading

Annabel Denham writes for The Telegraph

Reacting to the news that health chiefs are planning to force pubs to display calorie counts on alcoholic beverages, IEA Director of Communications Annabel Denham condemned the plans as the "next round in the interminable game of paternalistic policy whack-a-mole". In her Telegraph op-ed, Annabel slammed the policy, saying: "mandatory calorie counts will force the ... Continue reading

Emma Revell writes for 1828

In a debate article for 1828, IEA Head of Public Affairs Emma Revell argued in favour of scrapping Sunday trading laws. Emma suggested that after a long lockdown which saw non-essential shops closed, its wrong for the government to regulate their opening hours. Emma said: "No one is suggesting shops be forced to open longer ... Continue reading
The EU's travails over vaccine supply have revitalised calls in some free-market circles for the scrapping of the precautionary principle (PP).  This is the value underpinning parts of EU and UK policymaking that can be broadly summarised as 'look before you leap'. Or, if in doubt, consider risks of hazards, plan mitigations and if not ... Continue reading

Victoria Hewson writes for CapX

Victoria Hewson, Head of Regulatory Affairs at the IEA, has penned an op-ed for CapX following the release of her latest report, 'Who Regulates the Regulators'. The report highlights the failures of the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) to deal with a back log of cases, and deems the regulator "unfit for purpose". In her article, ... Continue reading

Victoria Hewson quoted in the i Newspaper

New research by IEA Head of Regulatory Affairs Victoria Hewson has been reported by the i Newspaper.  The research paper has called the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) "unfit for purpose" after Victoria's report uncovered chronic failures within the regulator. The FOS has failed to deliver it's primary objectives, including providing "fair and reasonable resolution of ... Continue reading

Victoria Hewson quoted in City AM

City AM has reported new research by IEA Head of Regulatory Affairs Victoria Hewson on the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS). Victoria's paper claims that the FOS is "unfit for purpose" as it has failed to fulfil its primary function of providing "fair and reasonable resolution of disputes at speed". Victoria said the FOS "is in ... Continue reading

Victoria Hewson quoted in The Times

New research by IEA Head of Regulatory Affairs Victoria Hewson has been reported in The Times. Victoria's new paper suggests that the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) is unfit for purpose and "acts against the interests of consumers as a whole". The report highlighted major flaws in the FOS, such as failing to "providing value for ... Continue reading