Of course we expected nothing different from a political statistic but still….

As we all know political statistics are not used to illuminate, rather to obfuscate. An interesting example of which is the campaign that Unite is running about the changes to tax credits. Examples of that, well, yes it is, propaganda, are here: Teaching assistants, social workers and other key public sector workers could lose more […]

A blow to the Nanny State

It’s a Daily Telegraph reader’s worst nightmare of course – you could be fined if you don’t register your nanny – but behind the headline there is a serious issue about the unintended consequences of policy actions. It’s all about the UK government’s drive to get us all saving for retirement. A good start, they […]

Andy Burnham’s very strange £11 minimum wage

Gosh, isn’t Andy Burnham showing himself to be a strong leader? Firms have been warned by Andy Burnham that they could face penalties including higher national insurance payments if they failed to pay a proposed new higher living wage of around £11 an hour. In a fresh push to make up ground on surprise left-wing […]

Time for Time Limits

A new ASI report, Time for Time Limits: Why we should end permanent welfare, finds that a 5-year limit on Jobseekers’ Allowance (JSA) across workers’ lifetimes could save the Treasury £300-350m per year, as well as boosting labour markets and putting a break on self-fulfilling cycles of dependency. The paper, authored by Peter Hill, a […]

Perhaps it’s time to abolish statutory holiday pay

We can imagine some getting a little outraged at this suggestion but perhaps it’s time to remove one of the great distortions in the labour market: it’s time to abolish statutory holiday pay. Currently: Almost all workers are legally entitled to 5.6 weeks’ paid holiday per year (known as statutory leave entitlement or annual leave). […]