New Publication: Paying for the Future

Paying for the Future:
Working Systems for Pensions and Healthcare


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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.

What's the Point of the Human Rights Act?

If Human Rights Act is Scrapped, British Bill of Rights Must Give Same Protection!
Dinah Rose QC makes the case in What's the Point of the
Human Rights Act?
As Britain's political parties prepare for the 2015 general election, the future of the Human Rights Act 1998 is in doubt. The Conservative Party intends to replace it with a British bill of rights, if returned to power. Though the proposal is popular, it has also been criticised across the political parties.
In What’s the Point of the Human Rights Act?,  Dinah Rose QC, examines the role played in the English constitution by both the European Convention on Human Rights and the Human Rights Act. The author, one of Britain's leading barristers, explains that  English common law protected and developed fundamental  rights long before the Human Rights Act. Indeed, common law goes further in protecting such rights - for example in the right to a fair trial. 

Energy Series

Shale Gas: Securing the UK’s energy supply

Thursday 5th March, 12 —1pm
East India Club, 16 St James’s Square, London, SW1Y 4LH

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?

Economic Series

 Competing for Success:

 Why Free Trade Is Good News!

 Lord Livingston,
Minister of State for Trade and Investment
Wednesday 11thMarch, 6.30-7.30 pm
 Ironmongers’ Hall, Shaftesbury Place, Barbican, London EC2Y 8AA


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).​

Constitution series

Britain's Parliamentary Democracy -
What role for Start Up Politics?
 Douglas Carswell MP  
Tuesday 24th February, 12.30 - 1.30p.m
As Britain's voters prepare for this year's general election, the two main parties are polling around 60 per cent of the popular vote. Voters appear to be opting for newer parties. What lies behind the change? What does it mean for parliamentary government in Britain?  
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