Tax and Fiscal Policy

Mark Littlewood writes for The National

Mark Littlewood, Director General at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for The National on the issue of Scottish independence. In his article Mark addresses the several questions nationalists will be faced with before moving ahead with a second independence referendum. What currency they will use, whether they will have to join the euro or ... Continue reading

IEA report on childcare features in the Financial Times

The IEA's recent report, 'Getting the state out of childcare' which looks at current childcare policy, has been quoted in the Financial Times today. In the article the report's findings that many families spend one-third of their net income on childcare, putting it on a scale with mortgage payments, is cited. Read the full article here.... Continue reading

Chris Snowdon comments in The Sun

Chris Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs has commented in The Sun today following the news that a daily glass of wine or pint reduces your chances of having a heart attack by a third. In the article Chris comments that these latest findings prove that Dame Sally Davies' assertion ... Continue reading

IEA releases report on energy policy

Inefficient and costly green policies, as well as contradictory objectives – such as using energy policy to achieve poverty reduction and at the same time reduce emissions and pursue industrial policy goals - have caused electricity prices to soar. Over the last 16 years electricity costs for households in England and Wales have increased by ... Continue reading

Len Shackleton writes for City AM

Len Shackleton, Editorial Research Fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for City AM on Matthew Taylor's review of modern employment practices which he is conducting on behalf of the government. In his article Len argues that politicians think that ever-increasing "rights" can be met from business profits. Taylor wants the self-employed to ... Continue reading

Kate Andrews writes for City AM

Kate Andrews, News Editor at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for City AM today on the SNP's priorities. In her article Kate argues that Scotland has the worst deficit in the developed world and with the oil price less than half today what the SNP predicted it would be during the first referendum, ... Continue reading

Julian Jessop comments in the International Business Times

Julian Jessop, Chief Economist at the Institute of Economic Affairs has commented in the International Business Times on the chancellor's u-turn on national insurance contributions. In the article Julian asserts that the UK government should scrap National Insurance contributions and roll the levy into income tax. Such a reform would simplify Britain's tax system. The ... Continue reading

Julian Jessop writes for The Telegraph

Julian Jessop, Chief Economist at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for The Telegraph on how far we can compare the philosophical and fiscal standpoints of our chancellor and that of the new US Treasury Secretary. In his article Julian argues that the American electorate is much warier of "big government" than votes in the ... Continue reading
Tax and Fiscal Policy

Julian Jessop writes for City AM

Julian Jessop, Chief Economist at the Institute of Economic Affairs, has written for the City AM debate column today on Philip Hammond's U-turn on national insurance contributions yesterday. In his article Julian argues that if equal treatment of the employed and self-employed was the main consideration, it would have been better to level the playing ... Continue reading
Tax and Fiscal Policy

IEA reacts to Hammond's u-turn on National Insurance Contributions

Commenting on the Chancellor's u-turn on higher National Insurance Contributions for the self-employed introduced in the Spring Budget last week, Julian Jessop, Chief Economist at the Institute of Economic Affairs, said: “The Chancellor's measure on National Insurance Contributions introduced last week was ill-thought through. The principle of aligning what the self-employed and employed pay is ... Continue reading