The Talk Issues Thinktank Roundup

Welcome to this week’s Talk Issues ‘Thinktank Roundup’ – your one-stop review of all the best publications, research, commentary and events from leading UK think tanks. Not surprisingly in the week of the Queen’s speech various thinktanks responds to their fears & hopes from the government legislative programme for the next 18 months. Reports, Publications […]

Who will help NEETs and how?

Each quarter the DCSF publishes statistics on the amount of young people (16-24 year olds) not in education, employment or training, known in the media NEETs. Obviously reducing the percentage of young people in this bracket is an honourable aim (it is the most popular national indicator chosen by councils to attain) and one sought […]

Who will say ‘I do’ to marriage tax breaks?

Today sees the Tories announce tax breaks for married couples (including civil partnerships), allowing non-working partners to transfer their tax-free allowance to their spouse. Worth up to £150 a year (just under £3 a week) for around 4 million couples, the scheme will cost some £550m and is to be funded by a levy on […]

Debt: turning the tanker…

I liked the last subheading in the leader of this week’s Economist: How to become thriftier without anybody minding. Anatole Kaletsky noted in a particularly flinty column in The Times last week aimed at the alternating timidity and bravado of the Tories on the enduring problem of debt: If public debt must be reduced without […]