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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 and cost-efficient.

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. 

New Online Publication - QE for the Eurozone

Early in 2015 the European Central Bank (ECB) committed to a course of Quantitative Easing  (QE) for the Eurozone, committing  60bn Euros a month to the zone’s faltering economy until September 2016.

QE for the Eurozone - What Does This Mean?

Sensible, Appropriate and Well-Calibrated

Professor Tim Congdon CBE

 

Many people are baffled by 'quantitative easing' and its impact on troubled economies. Yet, QE has been widely adopted by central banks in the last few years to boost demand, output and employment, and to escape the macroeconomic malaise that has afflicted the advanced industrial countries during and since the Great Recession of 2008 - 10.

The European Central Bank’s adoption of a QE programme follows similar action by the Federal Reserve, the Bank of Japan and the Bank of England.

You can read Professor Congdon's analysis here.

The UK Government Spending Ratio: Back to the 1930s?

The UK Government Spending Ratio: Back to the 1930s?​ 

Public spending will be at levels of Gordon Brown, says Politeia's new economic spending analysis

As the debate over reductions to Government spending ratios looks set to dominate the electoral campaign, Politeia’s analysis by the economist, David B. Smith*, considers what the figures for public spending really are.

In The UK Government Spending Ratio: Back to the 1930s?, David B. Smith shows that the changes to accounting procedures and the measures officially used to report public spending ratios tend to underestimate levels of public spending. In particular, the new European rules which have just come into force (ESA 2010) make a like for like comparison difficult to establish. To this problem must be added the further complication of what is, or is not, included by government for calculating public spending.

Publication - Britain and the EU: The momentum for European reform

Lord Howell of Guildford

 
Publication Launch: Thursday 11th December 2014 
 
 
 
In the May 2014 European elections huge numbers across the EU voted for Eurosceptic parties. Britain’s UK Independence Party topped the poll in the UK which meant more than half the votes went to Eurosceptic parties. The prime minister has promised to renegotiate the UK’s relation with the EU, if the Conservative party is returned to power. Since then, Politeia’s UK/EU debate has been launched to consider the principles to guide UK policy, opening with Martin Howe QC’s - Zero Plus: The Principles of EU Renegotiation.
 

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