Stephanie Lis writes for Prospect Magazine

The IEA's Communications Director Stephanie Lis has taken part in Prospect Magazine's debate on the Uber ruling: necessary safeguard or draconian intervention? Taking the latter side, Stephanie notes that this is a great day for protectionism and vested interests and a depressing day to be a Londoner. This decision jeopardises the livelihoods of 40,000 drivers, ... Continue reading
Government and Institutions

The IEA's Brexit Unit comments on the Prime Minister's Florence Speech

Commenting on the Prime Minister's Florence Speech, Julian Jessop, Chief Economist at the Institute of Economic Affairs, said: “Mrs. May’s upbeat Brexit speech provided some welcome clarity on the UK’s preferred transitional arrangements and puts the ball back firmly in the EU’s court. “The offer to pay the UK's EU contributions until the end of ... Continue reading

Julian Jessop writes for the Times Red Box

The IEA's Chief Economist Julian Jessop has written for the Times Red Box on his predictions for the Prime Minister's Florence speech. Julian notes that an offer to continue the UK’s contributions until the end of the current EU budget period in 2020 would be consistent with the €20bn being mooted in the press. The EU ... Continue reading
Government and Institutions

Kate Andrews writes for CityAM

The IEA's News Editor Kate Andrews has written for CityAM, arguing that Brexit 'tunnel vision' has turned it from being the main agenda item to the only agenda item. Kate argues that issues affecting people’s day-to-day lives are not being given the attention they deserve. Whether it be the Liberal Democrats (whose party conference earlier this ... Continue reading
Labour Market

IEA reacts to TfL's decision not to renew Uber's license

Commenting on Transport for London's decision to not renew Uber's private hire operator licence, Mark Littlewood, Director General at the Institute of Economic Affairs, said: “Transport for London’s decision to not renew Uber’s license strikes a huge blow to competition and innovation within London’s transport market. If this ruling is upheld, it will ruin flexible ... Continue reading

Mark Littlewood comments in the Times

The Welsh government was criticised yesterday for giving a £670,000 grant to Admiral Insurance to create nearly 200 jobs at its head office in Cardiff. The payment works out at nearly £3,500 for each of the 193 extra staff hired by the company, which made nearly £200 million in profits in the first half of ... Continue reading

Mark Littlewood is quoted in the Sun

Mark Littlewood, Director General at the IEA, has commented in the Sun on suggestions that spa treatments and exercise classes should be available on the NHS. Mark makes the point that the NHS is in the midst of a funding crisis and those with serious illnesses are told that they cannot have expensive, but potentially ... Continue reading

Kate Andrews writes for CityAM

News Editor Kate Andrews has taken part in the CityAM debate on public sector pay raises within the NHS. Taking the 'NO' side of the question: 'Should MP's give a blanket pay raise of 3.9 per cent to NHS workers?', Kate argues that national pay bargaining should be devolved to local regions, or directly to ... Continue reading

Mark Littlewood is quoted in the Telegraph

Director General Mark Littlewood has been quoted in the Telegraph on the use taxpayer money to fund facials and Zumba classes on the NHS. In the article Mark says that the plans are ludicrous, given the NHS’ financial pressures. How facials - typically associated with luxury and not medical necessity – can legitimately be supplied at ... Continue reading