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Philip Booth
5 November 2014
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A great deal of IEA work corroborates studies produced by the government in suggesting that we have a huge implicit government debt. We can do the fancy maths to try to quantify this government debt...
Ryan Bourne
29 October 2014
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Last week’s public-finance statistics were truly dreadful. They showed that despite a year of fairly robust economic growth, UK government borrowing since the start of the financial year 2014...
Glynn Brailsford
27 October 2014
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Government borrowing is currently running 10 per cent higher than last year – exemplifying the already parlous state of the UK’s public finances. However, the long-term implications of...
Philip Booth
4 June 2014
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In the Queen’s Speech today, the government is likely to give the go-ahead for large pension schemes along Dutch lines. Such collective defined contribution schemes have many advantages. They...
Philip Booth
7 April 2014
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A week ago, Mark Hoban, the former Work and Pensions Minister, called for a reform of tax relief on pensions contributions to 'equalise' the rate of relief given to all taxpayers at 30...
Ryan Bourne
18 March 2014
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With Budget day upon us tomorrow, we can expect to be told that we are almost half-way through the government’s planned fiscal consolidation. Politicians will talk about how they are...
Jagadeesh Gokhale
13 March 2014
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The national budget reports of most developed nations are based on current cash flows of tax collections and government expenditures - and views on national indebtedness are based on metrics such as...
Kristian Niemietz
15 January 2014
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Ed Miliband is getting serious about shedding his Red Ed image. In an article in the Daily Telegraph, the Labour leader tried to rebrand himself as a champion of the aspirational middle classes. This...
Gabriel Sahlgren
8 January 2014
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The past decades have been a remarkable success story in terms of the trajectory of our well-being in old age. We live longer and our health has improved, which of course should be causes for...
Kristian Niemietz
5 December 2013
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George Osborne’s general approach to managing the nation’s finances could be described as chopping off bits and pieces here and there as he goes along, which would make him the Edward...
Kevin Dowd
12 March 2013
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  The subject of pensions must be one of the most boring imaginable, but one thing that is even less appealing is a long retirement lived out in grinding poverty. Yet all over the developed...
Philip Booth
11 January 2013
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  A thriving economy needs saving and capital investment. Capital investment is inherently risky because it involves making a judgment about returns from entrepreneurial ventures when our...
Kristian Niemietz
8 December 2011
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In very cautious terms, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has questioned the current set of universal benefits for the elderly. This is a major deviation from what has thus far been the coalition...
Philip Booth
20 April 2011
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The recently published Green Paper on pensions was widely welcomed. Indeed, it contained some reasonable ideas. However, it also contained a proposal to abolish contracting out of state pensions...
Philip Booth
8 March 2011
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Today's announcement by Iain Duncan Smith that there will be a simple state pension of £140 for all has been widely welcomed. Indeed, the proposals look a little like the...
Philip Booth
3 March 2011
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This week, Pensions Minister Steve Webb MP described the views of the authors of Sharing the burden - How the older generation should suffer its share of the cuts as “loathsome”. It...
Philip Booth
8 October 2010
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Yesterday we had the widely-trailed report on reforming public sector pensions. It has been put to me, including on Radio 5 Live, that now is not the time to reform these schemes. This is true. As...
Mark Littlewood
29 July 2010
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The coalition government is considering scrapping the fixed retirement age and Minister for Employment Relations, Ed Davey, is promoting the policy on the grounds of choice – You don’t...
Kristian Niemietz
27 July 2010
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Banker-bashing, hedge-fund bashing, speculator-bashing: one of the legacies of the financial crisis will surely be a hugely negative perception of financial markets. These are now widely...
Richard Wellings
12 June 2010
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●  Mark Littlewood discusses cutting public spending on BBC Newsnight (video).   ●  Philip Booth critiques the coalition’s plans on pensions.   ●  James...
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