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Recent Publications

No Worker Left Behind: How to improve pay and work for the low paid

No Worker Left Behind: How to improve pay and work for the low paid

No Worker Left Behind calls for every person in full time work to receive a ‘Living Income’ – enough money after taxes and benefits to provide a socially-acceptable standard of living. We can do so by aligning and raising National Insurance and Income tax thresholds to a level where a person on full time work on the minimum wage would be taken out of tax altogether.

Economics Manifesto 2015

Economics Manifesto 2015

The Economics Manifesto says that the next government should seek to create a capital-owning democracy for all, so that each and every person in the UK can benefit from economic growth. The report proposes mass distribution of RBS and Lloyds’ shares, compulsory savings, the introduction of a Bonus Isa and a new generation of private sector Premium Bonds.

Garden Villages: Empowering localism to solve the housing crisis

Garden Villages: Empowering localism to solve the housing crisis

Over one million new homes could be built over the next decade if each of the 353 councils in England built just one garden village of 3,000 new houses. Garden Villages shows how a future government can overcome local opposition to development by devolving powers to set up new garden villages from Whitehall to councils.

Welfare Manifesto 2015

Welfare Manifesto 2015

The Welfare Manifesto shows how to make the welfare system fit for the 21st Century. The report sets out principles to be make the system simpler, more effective, fairer, more affordable, and reward contribution.

Small Pieces Loosely Joined: How smarter use of technology and data can deliver real reform of local government

Small Pieces Loosely Joined: How smarter use of technology and data can deliver real reform of local government

Small Pieces Loosely Joined highlights how billions of pounds of taxpayers’ money is being wasted due to the inability of local councils to share and to use technology and data in the most cost effective way. It sets out how councils can save money by making better use of data through sharing and fraud prevention and by replacing bespoke IT systems with an ‘app store’.

Bonus ISAs

Bonus ISAs

Bonus ISAs proposes a new scheme to give people more flexibility to build up their tax-free savings pots during the course of a lifetime. The “Bonus ISA” would be offered to anybody who is unable to use their full annual tax-free savings allowance (currently set at £15,000). People would be given the power to roll over any unused portions of their existing ISA allowances into their Bonus ISA account.

Going, Going, Gone: The role of auctions and competition in renewable electricity support

Going, Going, Gone: The role of auctions and competition in renewable electricity support

This report calls for plans to introduce auctioning to enable all technologies to compete on a level playing field should be brought forward. It points to Brazil, where prices for onshore wind have dropped to world record lows since auctioning was introduced. If the UK can achieve a even a fraction of the results from Brazil, it would allow much greater decarbonisation for the available budget.

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