Kate Andrews writes for City AM

Kate Andrews, Associate Director at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for City AM on sin taxes. In her article Kate argues that whether it be a slash to sin taxes, a change in rhetoric, or a simple acknowledgement that both children and adults can see an advert for strawberries and cream on the ... Continue reading

IEA responds to leadership candidate's pledge to review effectiveness of 'sin taxes'

Commenting on Boris Johnson's pledge, if elected Leader of the Conservative Party, to launch a comprehensive review into the effectiveness of ‘sin taxes’, the Institute of Economic Affairs's Head of Lifestyle Economics Christopher Snowdon said: “A lot of tax cuts have been promised during the leadership campaign, not all of them sensible. The priority should be ... Continue reading
Tax and Fiscal Policy

Philip Booth quoted in the Daily Telegraph

“Allowing a small number of better-off people to shoulder the cost of public services is a risky policy, politically and economically", says Professor Philip Booth, quoted in the Daily Telegraph. Philip, Senior Academic Fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs, was responding to analysis of recent government figures reveal that - for the first time ... Continue reading

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