Kate Andrews does the paper review on BBC News

Kate Andrews, News Editor at the Institute of Economic Affairs has appeared on BBC News to review the papers. On the NHS cancelling all emergency operations: Kate argues that we need to scrap this idea that the NHS is the envy of the world, particularly when you have consultants coming out and saying that the ... Continue reading

Mark Littlewood writes for The Times

Mark Littlewood, Director General at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for The Times on how we can improve our roads. In his article Mark argues that we should be seeking to move ownership and control of the vast bulk of Britain's road network out of the state sector and into private hands. The ... Continue reading

Richard Wellings comments in The Telegraph Business

Richard Wellings, Head of Transport at the Institute of Economic Affairs has commented in The Telegraph Business today on the recent calls for rail renationalisation. In the article Richard argues that the current system is a sham privatisation because free market economics barely feature. It is highly rigged. The Department for Transport sets the terms ... Continue reading
Research

It's time to let London black cabs set their own rules

This paper seeks to contribute to the deliberations of the Task and Finish Group on Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle (PHV) licensing. Summary Price and quantity regulations, as well as statutory vehicle and driver standards, for the taxi and PHV sector have long been justified on grounds of imperfect information (OECD 2008). The nature of ... Continue reading

Diego Zuluaga writes for Conservative Home

Diego Zuluaga, Head of Financial Services and Tech Policy at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for Conservative Home on the taxi and private hire vehicle market. In the article Diego argues that in order to thrive in a changed environment, London black cabs need to become their own 'platform', meaning a distinctive brand ... Continue reading

Richard Wellings writes for City AM

Richard Wellings, Head of Transport at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for the City AM debate column today on whether or not the chancellor was right to impose a tax hike on new diesel cars in the Budget this week. In his column, Richard argues that motorists have been conned by the government. ... Continue reading
On Uber, reactions speak louder than words. Set aside for a moment the issue of Uber’s compliance with the Transport for London (TfL) rules, and whether revoking their licence was justified or proportionate. The celebratory tone of the supposed “labour movement” to news that 40,000 contractors will see their main source of income effectively banned ... Continue reading

Reaction to Chancellor Philip Hammond's conference speech

Commenting on the Chancellor's speech to Conservative Party Conference, Mark Littlewood, Director General at the Institute of Economic Affairs said:  “The Chancellor delivered a robust defence of the role of free markets, which should be music to the ears of businesses and taxpayers across the country. It’s now crucial that the Government follow up with ... 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 TfL ruling on Uber. In his article Mark makes the point that technology is radically changing our understanding of what constitutes employment and if we move to a world in which self-employment is the norm, present approaches to ... Continue reading
Transport for London’s decision to cancel Uber’s license could have been based on a sophisticated economic analysis of the total costs and benefits of app-based transport platforms such as this one. If it had been, one might believe that TfL was pursuing its mission to protect passengers and promote affordable and efficient transport for Londoners. ... Continue reading