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2018. The Year of the Nanny State.

By Policy Analyst Jeremy Hutton. 2018 has been a testing year for those residing in Britain. We've had 365 days of Brexit front page and centre near enough every day of the year. You could be forgiven for being ignorant about what else government has been doing the past year.... Read more...

Digital Services Tax: A Disaster for the Tech Industry

By Erin Few.   Chancellor Philip Hammond’s 2018 budget brought news of yet another unnecessary tax on UK businesses. This newly proposed levy, the Digital Services Tax, will be implemented by April 2020. Following the lead of some European countries, such asItaly and Hungary, which have adopted similar taxes in... Read more...

The Dangers of Pay Caps

By Jeremy Hutton, Policy Analyst.   On Tuesday the Labour Party released a report on how to tackle excessive executive pay. It recommends a number of key reforms to curb salaries at large companies (any company with more than 250 employees) that its authors would dub disproportionately high. Yet there... Read more...

Planning for success: future targets for the Treasury

By Erin Few.   On Monday, the National Audit Office (NAO) released a report entitled “Improving government’s planning and spending framework” critiquing the spending of HM Treasury and providing recommendations to improve accountability and better serve taxpayers. The NAO has been keeping track of the Cabinet Office and Treasury’s progress... Read more...

Should over-75s pay for the TV licence?

By Jeremy Hutton, Policy Analyst   Since September, the BBC has been deliberating over how to cover the cost of free television licences for over-75s, which from 2020 it will have to fund directly. Recently, Broadcasting House has published a report into what to do about the perk, launched a... Read more...

HS2 won't help unlock the North - it will hurt it

by Matt Gillow, TPA Local Coordinator With a limited business case, no environmental case, and inflated costs hitting over £90 billion, it’s no wonder that even celebrities have recently come out in opposition to the government’s current vanity project. I’m wary of a Boris ‘red bus’ moment — but you’d be forgiven for... Read more...

A technological transformation for the NHS

by Victor HaggardIncreased NHS funding has signalled to some that an end to eight years of austerity is in sight, but this is a fallacy. Presented as a result of the government’s fiscal prudence, the £20 billion ‘deal’ comes instead from the desertion of the chancellor’s commitment to eliminate the... Read more...

All aboard for automation: the future of London Underground

by Nathan White   The cost of strikes Since the Metropolitan Railway’s inauguration in 1863, the Underground has existed as an iconic and an integral feature in the city’s political, economic and cultural identity. Technological advances, such as the world’s first partially-automated trains operating on the Victoria Line in 1968,... Read more...

The case for abolishing Sunday trading laws

Following a recent office discussion about Sunday trading laws our local coordinator Charles Amos has written below why he believes they should be abolished.The case for abolishing Sunday trading lawsby Charles AmosReform of Sunday Trading laws has divided the nation for decades. Indeed the current laws, which only allow shops... Read more...

What does the budget mean for you?

By Jeremy Hutton, Policy Analyst Yesterday the iconic red Budget Box again returned to the House of Commons as Chancellor Philip Hammond set out government spending plans for the coming year. The chancellor was right that ‘ending austerity’ doesn’t have to mean tax hikes and taxpayers rightly won’t be further... Read more...