Mark Littlewood writes for The Times

Britain's tax burden as a proportion of national income is at its highest for almost fifty years so - however Brexit is resolved - the next prime minister will need to address it, argues Mark Littlewood, IEA Director-General, in his fortnightly column for The Times newspaper. Mark highlights the presentational issue with tax cuts - ... Continue reading

Kate Andrews writes for the Sunday Express

Kate Andrews, Associate Director at the Institute of Economic Affairs, welcomes recent comments from senior politicians which show a renewed focus on cutting taxes and reducing the state burden on the taxpayer. Writing for the Sunday Express, Kate highlights examples of proposed cuts to income tax and National Insurance contributions as ways to boost the ... Continue reading
Responding to the Chancellor's plea to keep national debt falling every year, Kate Andrews, Associate Director at the Institute of Economic Affairs said: “The Chancellor has dished out a fair and sensible warning to leadership candidates. Slashing tax and spending increases must go hand-in-hand with cuts in other areas and a radical pro-growth agenda - ... Continue reading
Tax and Fiscal Policy

Kate Andrews writes for City A.M.

Kate Andrews, Associate Director of the Institute of Economic Affairs, writes her fortnightly City AM column on the need for tax-cutting champions. While Chancellor Philip Hammond has chastising fellow MPs to proposing tax cuts and slashing red tape, Kate welcomes the home secretary's endorsement of Tax Freedom Day and the foreign secretary's pledge to make ... Continue reading
Tax and Fiscal Policy
For politicians, there is something attractively simple about spending targets. Rather than argue the nuances of why the Government of the day feels it needs to x, y or z - boiling it down to how much they’re aiming to spend on each is much easier to explain. The 0.7% of GDP target for foreign ... Continue reading
Society and Culture
Imagine if a sports journalist regularly described Sergio Agüero as a Manchester United player and insisted that West Bromwich Albion won the Premier League this season. Imagine a political correspondent routinely referring to the Liberal Democrats as the ruling party and claiming that the Chancellor was Michael Fabricant. They wouldn't last very long. Readers and ... Continue reading
Tax and Fiscal Policy
Private-rented property is a favoured whipping boy of this government as it becomes subject to no end of increased regulation and penal (and illogical) taxation. This new IEA paper exposes the tax regime that is in the process of being introduced. When George Osborne, the former Chancellor of the Exchequer, announced in his Budget speech ... Continue reading
Research

An economic analysis of the Treasury’s treatment of privately rented housing

Summary: The private rented sector has played a critical role in increasing and improving housing provision in the UK. Around 80 per cent of private sector tenants are satisfied with their homes and satisfaction in the sector compares favourably with that in the social rented sector. This contribution has gone unrecognised: instead, landlords have been ... Continue reading

Len Shackleton comments in City A.M.

Retailers, including Britain's familiar high street names, will be hit today by a triple-whammy of rises in business rates, pensions contributions, and the national living wage. Len Shackleton, Editorial and Research Fellow at the IEA said “While UK minimum wages may have thus far had little overall effect on employment, this cannot be guaranteed in ... Continue reading

IEA research features in The Times

Philip Aldrick, The Times' Economics Editor writes on Labour's plans to extend worker-ownership schemes, with a radical plan to force owners to give workers a 10 per cent stake in large companies. Aldrick references work from the IEA's Kristian Niemietz, noting that Nordic countries - from whom Labour claim to be taking inspiration - may ... Continue reading