Kate Andrews discusses the future of the NHS on BBC 5 Live

Head of Communications and research associate at the Adam Smith Institute, Kate Andrews, was on BBC 5 live discussing the future of the NHS and its funding.

If the NHS is really looking to have its funding directly affect patients and better patients health, they're not only going to need to learn to use that money more efficiently, but they might need to adopt some more sustainable systems.

Listen to the full interview here. (Starts 38:00)

It's not just the elite who should fear America's leading socialist radical | Kate Andrews writes for City AM

Head of communications and research fellow at the Adam Smith Institute, Kate Andrews, wrote a piece for City AM on the radical socialist views of Bernie Sanders, and the threat he poses to Clinton's presidential campaign.

Sanders’s policies have trickled out of the left-wing state of Vermont, where he has spent almost 30 years involved in state politics. Though he has been a proclaimed independent – and ideological socialist – for much of his life, he joined the Democratic Party in 2015 to throw his hat into the presidential race.

Read the full article here.

Sam Bowman discusses steel industry job losses on BBC Radio Wales

Executive director of the ASI, Sam Bowman, was on BBC Radio Wales discussing the recent job losses in the UK steel industry, following the closing of several plants.

"The most important question is, is this a temporary problem caused by dumping, or is this a longer term problem that throws the certain Port Talbot, but also the entire UK steel industry into concern? I think it's a long term problem."

Listen to the full interview here. Starts at (02:08:35)

Press Release: An extra charge on skilled workers would be a poison pill for UK businesses

For further comments or to arrange an interview, contact Head of Communications Kate Andrews: kate@adamsmith.org | 07584 778207. Commenting on the Migration Advisory Committee report, which has suggested an annual charge of £1,000 on skilled workers from outside the EU, Executive Director of the Adam Smith Institute Sam Bowman said:

This charge would be a poison pill for businesses. Good, skilled workers are crucial to the success of businesses, large and small. If British firms are to compete around the world they also need to be able to hire the best people from around the world.

Charging them £1,000 per year and raising the earnings threshold, as the Migration Advisory Committee is proposing, would cripple British firms’ ability to hire the staff they need. It is simply a fantasy to assume that we can train enough British workers to do all the skilled jobs that we need when we need them.

This would also mean much higher staffing costs for the NHS – 11% of all staff and 26% of doctors are non-British (though some of these are from the EU). It’s an anti-business, anti-British proposal and it underlines how wrong-headed the government’s overall immigration stance is.

Notes to Editors:

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.

So what if 62 people are rich? Inequality is falling | Ben Southwood writes for City AM

Head of research at the ASI, Ben Southwood, has writen for City AM on the misleading nature of Oxfam's inequality statistics:

Each time they release the new number there is much wailing and gnashing of teeth, but their numbers are nonsense, and on top of that they tell the wrong story.

Firstly, adding up negative numbers gives some paradoxical results. For example, as far in debt as the most indebted person is (i.e. the poorest person by Oxfam’s measure) they are still richer than the next two billion people all put together, because all of those people have small negative net wealth.

Secondly, and more importantly, it cannot measure human capital. For most people, their most valuable assets are their talents and skills.

Read the full article here.

Ben Southwood's comments on Oxfam's inequality stats feature on the Spectator and BBC

Head of research at the ASI, Ben Southwood, has had his comments on Oxfam's inequality statistics featured in articles for the BBC and the Spectator. Ben argues that the statistics they publishes are deeply misleading. From the Spectator:

Ben Southwood from the Adam Smith Institute makes the following observation:

‘Oxfam is once again misleading everyone with its punchy wealth inequality stats.

‘By Oxfam’s measures, the poorest people in the world are recent Harvard graduates with student debt piles. The bottom 2bn don’t have zero wealth, but rather about $500bn of negative wealth.

Read the full Spectator piece here.

From the BBC:

The Adam Smith Institute's head of research Ben Southwood also said the data was "misleading".

"More meaningful measures show greater equality. Those in the middle and bottom of the world income distribution have all got pay rises of around 40% between 1988-2008. Global inequality of life expectancy and height are narrowing too—showing better nutrition and better healthcare where it matters most.

Read the full BBC article here.