Reaction to the publication of BBC pay

Commenting on the publication of the BBC's top stars' salaries, Mark Littlewood, Director General at the Institute of Economic Affairs, said: "The publication of the BBC's top stars' salaries is a welcome step towards creating transparency between public services and the taxpayers who fund them - particularly while the licence fee is compulsory. Furthermore, these ... Continue reading

Kate Andrews writes for City AM

Kate Andrews, News Editor at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for City AM today on the risk the Conservative Party run by focusing all efforts on Brexit and ignoring the main issues closer to home. In her article Kate argues that while many focus their attention on Brussels, the domestic debates rage on ... Continue reading

Mark Littlewood writes for iNews

Mark Littlewood, Director General at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for iNews on the topic of university tuition fees. In his article Mark argues that the idea that graduates should make no contribution towards the tertiary education they will significantly benefit from, while expecting the minimum wage hairdresser in Hull or waiter in ... Continue reading

Jamie Whyte appears on BBC Radio 4's Moral Maze

Jamie Whyte, Research Director at the Institute of Economic Affairs has appeared on BBC Radio 4's Moral Maze to discuss the morality of the public sector. In the interview Jamie argues that there's a great structural superiority to the private sector which is that workers in the private sector are paid by willing customers. People ... Continue reading

Julian Jessop appears on BBC Radio PM

Julian Jessop, Chief Economist at the Institute of Economic Affairs has appeared on BBC Radio 4's PM programme to discuss public sector pay. In the interview Julian argues that using Greece as an example of what will happen to the UK economy is far too extreme. The cost of awarding higher pay to public sector ... Continue reading

Philip Booth writes for The Telegraph

Philip Booth, Senior Academic Fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for The Telegraph making the argument that the free market case for ending the public-sector pay cap is being made by the unions. In his article Philip argues that a government pay ceiling means that we end up paying more than is ... Continue reading

Mark Littlewood writes for The Times

Mark Littlewood, Director General at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for The Times on the public sector wage cap. In his article Mark argues that abolishing the rather blunt limit on public sector pay rises provides an opportunity to make the wage-setting system more flexible, not merely more generous. We should seek to ... Continue reading
Tax and Fiscal Policy

Mark Littlewood appears on BBC Radio 5 Live

Mark Littlewood, Director General at the Institute of Economic Affairs has appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live to discuss the public sector pay cap. In the interview Mark argues that austerity can't be over. It is totally understandable how public sector workers have run out of patience waiting for seven years or so for a ... Continue reading
Housing and Planning

Philip Booth writes for the National Review

Philip Booth, Senior Academic Fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for the National Review on the Grenfell Tower tragedy. In his article Philip makes the point that we do not know the combination of factors that led to the fire, but if the cause were the cladding, another £5,000 would have prevented ... Continue reading

Kate Andrews writes for City AM

Kate Andrews, News Editor at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for City AM on how the findings of the recent British social attitudes survey. In her article Kate argues that the starkest revelation of the findings is the disconnect felt by the public between interventionist policies and how big government affects our daily ... Continue reading