Len Shackleton quoted on BBC News

The Chancellor is under pressure to extend the £20 uplift in Universal Credit (UC) payment beyond March this year at the Spring Budget next week. However, Professor Len Shackleton, Editorial and Research Fellow at the IEA, said the top-up did not distinguish between people in need after losing jobs due to lockdown and longer-term benefits ... Continue reading

Professor Len Shackleton's comments quoted on BBC News homepage

Pressure is mounting on Chancellor Rishi Sunak to extend the £20 a week uplift in Universal Credit beyond the end of March. However, while many people are indeed under significant financial pressure, IEA Editorial and Research Fellow Professor Len Shackleton warned against "across-the-board benefit increases" at a time when the government is borrowing "a hair-raising ... Continue reading
As calls to extend the temporary increase in Universal Credit payments beyond March gather pace, IEA Director General Mark Littlewood made the case that increasing welfare payments in the long-term would require savings to be made elsewhere in order to balance the books. Speaking on BBC Newsnight, Littlewood explained "we have to be realistic about ... Continue reading
Responding to calls to extend the £20 a week Universal Credit uplift, Professor Len Shackleton, Editorial and Research Fellow at free market think tank the Institute of Economic Affairs, said: “Having spent so many billions over the course of the pandemic, it will be of little surprise if the Chancellor gives into demands to keep the £20 a ... Continue reading
Not since Fyre Festival have images of pitiful meals whipped up such a furore. But the pictures of food parcels for children eligible for free school meals plastered across social media and shared thousands of times on Tuesday certainly won’t have elicited the same schadenfreude as the “$12,000” cheese sandwich. The initial image, posted by ... Continue reading

Mark Littlewood writes for The Times

As a second lockdown puts UK welfare policy under the spotlight there is "an attraction to the simplicity of a UBI system" says Mark Littlewood, IEA Director-General, but there are reasons to be sceptical. Writing his fortnightly column for The Times, Mark argues that a "reboot" of the welfare system following the pandemic would be ... Continue reading

Professor Syed Kamall writes for Conservative Home

Poverty, especially child poverty, has a devastating impact and as a society we should do everything in our power to offer routes out of poverty, writes the IEA's Academic and Research Director Professor Syed Kamall.  But Kamall argues "government is not the answer to every problem, and in our rush to do something, we should ... Continue reading

Phillip Booth quoted in the Financial Times

The Financial Times has written up the Treasury Select Committee's call for evidence this week, in which IEA Senior Academic Fellow Professor Philip Booth appeared. The newspaper reports that Philip Booth, argued that the pensions tax-free lump sum could be made less generous to help repair the nation’s finances. Booth said: "I would severely limit ... Continue reading
In a recent letter, Pope Francis suggested that we consider the provision of a “universal basic wage”. Published on Easter Sunday 2020 and issued to “Brothers and Sisters of Popular Movements and Organizations”, the letter said: “Street vendors, recyclers, carnies, small farmers, construction workers, dressmakers, the different kinds of caregivers: you who are informal, working ... Continue reading
Professor Len Shackleton, Editorial and Research Fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs, has told iNews that, "given the hit that young people are taking from the lockdown, I don’t think asking pensioners to share the pain is outrageous". He added: "Things have moved on – pensioner poverty is no longer the problem it used ... Continue reading