Kate Andrews and Ken Clarke battle it out over tax credits and the welfare state in Prospect magazine

Kate Andrews, Head of Communications at the Adam Smith Institute, took part in a debate piece with Ken Clarke for Prospect magazine. In it, they both agree the welfare system is in need of reform , but should the tax credit cuts be rethought too? Kate Argues YES:

It’s easy to understand why people might be conflicted about tax credits. On the one hand, tax credits are a direct handout from the state, often given to those only working part-time. On the other, they incentivise work and benefit those at the bottom on relatively low pay.

Combine this internal conflict with the UK’s welfare structure as a whole, and it would seem necessary for the government to implement some kind of reform to the various systems, tax credits included.

But the Chancellor is only interested in cuts, not reform.

Read the full article here. 

Are Western societies too tolerant of intolerance? | Sam Bowman argues YES in City AM

Deputy Director of the ASI, Sam Bowman, argued in City AM that in the wake of the recent Paris attacks, Western societies should do more to stand up to terrorism:

Western civilisation is built on the principle of adversarial debate, and the more political correctness stops us from mocking the unmockable and saying the unsayable, the less strong that civilisation will become.

Like bullies, terrorists can only win when they can frighten people into submission.

Read the full article here.

Ben Southwood’s comments on the tax credit cuts feature in The Week

Head of Research at the ASI, Ben Southwood, has had his comments on the tax credit cuts featured in The Week:

Some are even calling for this to be catalyst for more radical change. Writing in City AM, the Adam Smith Institute’s Ben Southwood called for tax credits to be replaced by a “negative income tax”

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ASI features in the New Statesman for our opposition to the tax credit cuts

The Adam Smith Institute has featured in the New Statesman for our opposition to the Conservative’s tax credit cuts:

A grand alliance has condemned George Osborne’s planned cuts to tax credits: Labour, the Sun, the work and pensions select committee, Tory backbenchers, Boris Johnson and the Adam Smith Institute. Today, it was the turn of their creator: Gordon Brown.

Read the full article here. 

Dr. Eamonn Butler’s joint letter on a new runway at Heathrow is featured in the Sunday Telegraph

Dr. Eamonn Butler’s joint letter regarding the expansion of Heathrow airport was featured in the Sunday Telegraph.

SIR – As business leaders, we welcome the news (report, November 8) that the Prime Minister is preparing to back a new runway at Heathrow. However, despite this decision, it seems the Government may be drawn into yet another lengthy consultation on aviation capacity, resulting in further delays and uncertainty.

Read the full letter here.