The Adam Smith Institute features in the New Statesman for our position against tax credit cuts

The New Statesman has cited the ASI as one of the forces behind Osborne’s U-turn on cutting tax credits.

Rather than modifying the cuts to in-work benefits, Osborne abandoned them entirely. In the face of the formidable coalition of Boris Johnson (his chief leadership rival), Tory backbenchers, theSun, the work and pensions select committee, Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Adam Smith Institute, he capitulated.

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Sam Bowman writes for the IBTimes on Osborne’s growing pension problem

Executive Director of the Adam Smith Institute, Sam Bowman, wrote an article for the IBTimes on the government’s ongoing appeasement of pensioners, and why it’s a growing problem.

But the overall picture is not good. As spending has – necessarily – fallen, the pensions bill has risen and risen and risen. The “triple lock” means that the state pension will always rise either by the inflation rate, the rate of earnings growth, or 2.5%, whichever is highest.

Over time, this would scarcely be affordable under the best circumstances. But Britain is getting older.

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The ASI features on Conservative Home for our reaction to the Autumn Statement

The Adam Smith Institute’s reaction to the Autumn Statement has featured on Conservative Home. Quotes from Head of Research, Ben Southwood, and Executive Director, Sam Bowman were featured on their website.

Sam Bowman, Executive Director:

This is the right decision on tax credits, and we applaud the Chancellor for changing his mind.


Ben Southwood, Head of Research:

Finally—the government is taking localism and devolution seriously.

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Press Release: Autumn Statement and Spending Review

Adam Smith Institute comments on the Autumn Statement and Spending Review:

On the reforms to tax credit cuts, Executive Director Sam Bowman said:

This is the right decision on tax credits, and we applaud the Chancellor for changing his mind. Tax credits are the right way of doing welfare, encouraging people into work and topping up the incomes of the working poor. But now that they have been protected, we should reform the system by making it less complex and automatic, just as PAYE taxation is run.

On changes to business rates and corporation tax, Head of Research Ben Southwood said:

Finally—the government is taking localism and devolution seriously.

Northern Ireland has needed control of its corporation tax rate for years—otherwise business simply flees across the border to the Republic where rates are 12.5%—and this move has been long-awaited.

But the bigger change is giving local authorities and metropolitan areas control of business rates, and more importantly the revenue they generate.

The block grant gave councils little incentive to foster growth in their area. Rates revenues rise when land becomes more valuable, making it worth local authorities’ while to allow as much productive development as possible.

On top of this, local authorities—who own £250bn of fixed assets—will now get 100% of the proceeds if they sell of these assets and use them for reform projects, encouraging them to put all of these assets to their best possible uses.

Notes to Editors:
For further comments or to arrange an interview, contact Kate Andrews, Head of Communications, at | 07584 778207.

The Adam Smith Institute is a free market, libertarian think tank based in London. It advocates classically liberal public policies to create a richer, freer world.

ASI expectations for the Autumn Statement feature in City AM

The Adam Smith Institute has featured in City AM for our comments on the upcoming Autumn Statement, and what we hope will happen vs what we expect will happen.

The IEA isn’t alone. The Adam Smith Institute (ASI) wants working tax credit cuts reversed, or at least “mitigated significantly”. It’s the money it saves isn’t “terribly substantial, in the grand scheme of things”, and he’d be better off reforming tax credits and the Universal Credit itself to make it much simpler overall – along the lines of the negative income tax.


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