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Incentives and the National Minimum Wage

Dominic Browne has written a blog on the bold claim by the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) that the National Minimum Wage (NMW) “need not harm youth employment” over at Left Foot Forward. Strong stuff. The paper finds that in the weeks preceding the 22nd birthday (when... Read more...

Council mileage reaction in Hull & East Riding

After the publication of our report yeasterday on council mileage spending, the response from the leaders of both Hull City Council and East Riding of Yorkshire Council was very positive. Here is what they had to say as reported in the Hull Daily Mail. First, Cllr Carl Minns from Hull:"It's... Read more...

Council mileage allowances

Our report on council mileage allowances was released this morning. Many of the statements released in response are actually answered in the sources and methodology section of our report. But I will respond to a few of them here to clear a few things up. The figures are "out of... Read more...

Non-job of the week

Would you like to be paid to have fun? This is not me asking, rather Bracknell Forest Council who are advertising for a Support Play Ranger. According to the advert:Bracknell Forest Council delivers an exciting Play Ranger Project that offers free open access play opportunities to children and young people... Read more...

New TPA Research: Council Mileage Spending

Council staff claim £427 million for mileage As councils complain that they are cash-strapped, the TaxPayers' Alliance has discovered that £427 million was paid out in mileage allowances in 2009-10. Many of those councils paid up to 65p a mile to staff using their cars.Click here to read the full... Read more...

A different rule for MPs?

Despite the expenses scandal, the creation of IPSA and the immense pressure put on MPs to become entirely honest about their remuneration, there is a real danger that they haven’t learned the right lesson from the scandal. Ian Cowie recently reported in his Daily Telegraph Blog that:After Budget promises to... Read more...

Should we broaden the base of VAT?

In their March 2010 report Reality check: Fixing the UK’s tax system the think tank Reform proposed broadening the VAT base as the centrepiece of their proposed tax reforms.  They proposed to abolish zero and reduced rated items, so the same rate would be paid on all products.  That would... Read more...

HR Transparency is contagious

In response to the Department for Communities and Local Government consultation on the “Code of recommended practice for local authorities on data transparency,” our key recommendation was HR transparency. Hammersmith and Fulham Council have taken strides in this area and have a list of job titles available on their website.... Read more...

Somerset rubbish tax

Last week I did my council a favour by removing our own garden refuse and taking it to the local recycling centre. It took several trips, but I thought best to get on with it rather than wait for the fortnightly collection of garden waste. Now, it appears, I could... Read more...

Bye bye bin police

The Government has sent a shot across the bows of councils that are issuing fines to people for breaking bin rules.  We have always opposed these penalties, viewing them as a mean-spirited stealth tax on households, thinly disguised as a green measure.  We recently flagged up the problem of fines... Read more...