Think Tanks


30 Sep 2009 17:00:00

EU must not use banking crisis to impose more regulation


"Financial Regulation - What is the best solution for the EU?" (PDF)

Authors: Tim Ambler & Keith Boyfield

Publication date: September 2009

This paper is the Adam Smith Institute's response to the EU consultation paper on financial supervision. The paper warns that the banking crisis is being used by the EU as an opportunity to impose bureaucratic regulatory structures on nation states.

30 Sep 2009 16:47:00

Ten key economic policies for the next government


"Ten Economic Priorities - An agenda for an incoming government" (PDF)

Author: Nigel Hawkins

Publication date: September 2009

This report details ten key economic policies which, in the view of the author, the next government should adopt in order to address the dire state of the UK's public finances. These policies include cutting taxes, implementing cuts in public expenditure and pursuing privatisation opportunities.

30 Sep 2009 00:26:00

How to save £50billion


"How to save £50billion - Reducing spending for sustainable public finance"(PDF)

Authors: Corin Taylor, Ben Farugia, John O'Connell, Mike Denham and Matthew Sinclair

Publication date: September 2009

This report contains a list of 32 specific suggestions for saving £50billion - £42.5billion of annual savings from 2010-2011 onwards and a further £7.5billion of annual savings which are to be considered in an emergency. The rationale and costing of each saving is listed in the report which has been compiled jointly between The Taxpayers' Alliance and The Institute of Directors.

21 Sep 2009 14:21:00

How to make manufacturing thrive again in Britain

Policy Exchange

"Innovation and Industry - The Role of Government" (PDF)

Authors: John Willman, Martin Smith and Natalie Evans (Editor)

Publication date: 21 September 2009

The report works from the presumption that as the growth of the financial services sector of the UK economy has stalled, for the UK to recover it is necessary for there to be a revival of the country's manufacturing base. The report contains a list of recommendations to make Britain the right environment for manufacturing to flourish including changes to taxation rules on capital expenditure, strengthening Enterprise Capital Funds and the Small Business Research Initiative, and cutting back on unnecessary Government regulation.

26 Mar 2009 13:06:00

Limiting regulation in the banking sector


"Central Banking in a Free Society" (PDF)

Author: Tim Congdon

Publication date: 26 March 2009

The author who is a respected economist argues that Gordon Brown's dismemberment of the Bank of England in 1997 resulted in a failure of the Bank to respond effectively during the Northern Rock affair. The report suggests that regulation of the finance industry should be kept to the minimum necessary to maintain the stability of the banking system and warns against the perils of over-regulating.

1 Feb 2009 16:56:00

The true cost of EU regulation

Open Europe

"Out of Control? - Measuring a decade of EU regulation"(PDF)

Authors: Mats Persson with Stephen Booth and Sarah Gaskell. Edited by Lorraine Mullally.

Publication date: 1 February 2009

An analysis of the cost of EU regulation over the period from 1998 to 2008. The authors claim that the cost to the UK of EU regulation is rising constantly and the cost has increased from £16.5billion in 2005 to £28.7billion in 2008. The report estimates that at its current rate the cost of EU regulation will have risen to more than £356billion by 2018.