Kate Andrews writes for City A.M.

Kate Andrews, IEA Associate Director, writes her weekly City AM column on Labour's disasterous plans to re-nationalise the energy grid, noting that people other countries are fighting to allow the market into their systems in order to avoid the blackouts that have come from state-run networks. Kate argues that whatever Labour may tell you, we ... Continue reading

Catherine McBride joins the City AM Debate

Owning a share of your workplace isn't always best for workers or the wider economy, argues Catherine McBride, senior economist with the IEA's International Trade and Competition Unit. Writing in the City AM Debate, Catherine argues that, despite high profile examples in the media, giving workers a vested interest in their companies can make them ... Continue reading

IEA responds to report from the British Medical Journal about the IEA's work on public health

The BMJ’s report does not seem to have unearthed any new information. The funding information they claim to ‘reveal’ has been in the public domain for years. Their report seems to centrally rely on a document from 1999, which predates our Director General and all IEA senior staff by more than a decade. The report ... Continue reading

Kate Andrews comments on Labour plans

Commenting on the Labour Party’s energy nationalisation proposal, Associate Director at the Institute of Economic Affairs Kate Andrews said: "Nationalising the UK’s energy grid would jeopardise access to basic essentials, stepping back into an era of controlled industrial strategy. "In the 1990s - the decade of liberalisation in the energy market - household electricity bills  ... Continue reading

Mark Littlewood writes for the Daily Telegraph

Mark Littlewood, IEA Director-General, writes for the Daily Telegraph on inequality and the recent IFS report suggesting rising inequality in Britain will lead to a breakdown in support for democractic capitalism. If you focus on the differences in the lives of the rich and the poor, you are going to find some startling variations. But ... Continue reading

IEA report encourages more competition in health & social care systems

Competition and markets should be introduced into the UK's health and social care systems to find the best ways of integrating the two sectors, according to a new report from the Institute of Economic Affairs. A ‘National Care Service’ is not the solution to providing better health care overall in the UK. The health sector ... Continue reading

Kate Andrews writes for The Telegraph

Kate Andrews, IEA Associate Director, writes for The Telegraph, outlining the changes needed if the NHS is to truly deliver world-class outcomes for patients. Far from being the ‘envy of the world’, international comparisons of health system performance almost always rank the NHS the bottom third, on a par with the Czech Republic and Slovenia. The data ... Continue reading

Len Shackleton quoted in the Metro

Professor Len Shackleton has warned that 'the consequences for employment are likely to be grim' is Labour presses ahead with plans to scrap the lower minimum wage rate for under-18s, bringing it in line with older employees when they raise it to £10 an hour. Len, IEA Editorial and Academic Fellow, is quoted in the Metro, ... Continue reading

Kristian Niemietz quoted in Daily Express

Kristian Niemietz, Head of Political Economy at the Institute of Economic Affairs, is quoted in the Daily Express saying it is a “conspiracy theory” and insisted it is “completely baseless” to claim the British health service is being privatised. Responding to claims from an NHS doctor that allowing private companies to use the NHS logo ... Continue reading

Len Shackleton quoted in the Evening Standard

Professor Len Shackleton is quoted in the Evening Standard criticising Labour's plans for the minimum wage, saying that "doubling the pay of young people who understandably have fewer skills and less experience than older colleagues" could lead to a spike in youth unemployment. Len, Editoral and Academic Fellow at the IEA, was responding to the ... Continue reading