Sam Bowman calls for an overhaul of the UK’s planning system on ITV Tonight

Deputy Director of the Adam Smith Institute, Sam Bowman, appeared on ITV Tonight’s programme “Britain’s Housing Crisis” and called for planning reform to allow building on small parts of the Green Belt; such a strategy would bring down the cost of land, and in turn, bring down the cost of housing.

Sam Bowman’s comments on UKIP’s immigration policy feature in The Huffington Post UK

Deputy Director of the Adam Smith Institute, Sam Bowman, was quoted in The Huffington Post UK on UKIP’s original pledge to cap UK migration at 50,000 people per year.

At the time of Woolfe’s announcement, Sam Bowman, from the Adam Smith Institute, said the party’s immigration stance was “intellectually and morally bankrupt”, adding: “Despite what Ukip claims, immigration is good for virtually everyone in society, rich and poor alike.”

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Ben Southwood’s comments on growth and redistribution feature in a BBC News article

Ben Southwood, Head of Research at the Adam Smith Institute, was quoted in a BBC News article on the importance of growth, competitiveness and redistribution:

We can achieve economic growth and equality in an economic strategy, but we have to be very careful about what measures we use.

It does seem that the poorer counties in the world are unequal, whereas the richer countries are more unequal. That doesn’t necessarily mean that reducing inequality lets you get richer.

In fact what we tend to see is first you grow very fast, become more unequal, and then you carry on growing and everybody else catches up.

Redistributing wealth is very important for alleviating poverty but in the long run it has barely lifted anyone out of poverty, compared to the amount economic growth has lifted people out of poverty.

Economic growth has lifted billions of people around the world out of poverty, redistribution has lifted millions of people out of poverty. Redistribution is important but it isn’t nearly as important as growth and we should always be focusing on growth.

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