Introduce Competition and Contribution for Successful Healthcare and Pensions! Changes Needed if UK is to Meet Rising Demand
Western societies are ageing. As people live longer, the ratio of workers to pensioners continues to shrink. At the same time the costs for healthcare and pensions are rising.
Can governments meet growing need and balance the books while encouraging economic growth?
In Paying for the Future: Working Systems for Pensions and Healthcare, Ludger Schuknecht and economists from Germany’s Finance Ministry explain what makes systems effective.
The study focuses on three main types of system - contributory, tax financed, and mixed. It compares cost, sustainability, and effectivess in meeting need.
The authors conclude that contributory systems are more effective in meeting need, though some governments prefer tax financed systems because costs can be controlled and are less in overall GDP terms.
Shale Gas: Securing the UK’s energy supply
Professor Robert Mair, Professor of Civil Engineering, Cambridge
Rt Hon Peter Lilley MP, Energy Select Committee
As the UK prepares for the next general election, energy, its cost and security, will be a focus in the campaign. What role should Shale Gas play?
Competing for Success:
Why Free Trade Is Good News!
Britain's economic prosperity has long been linked to free trade. For sustained economic recovery and future growth, free trade will be vital. So will the forging of new free trade agreements, including the big prize - the free trade agreement with the United States (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, TTIP).