Five questions on Big Society and social enterprise

Allison Ogden-Newton asks for suggestions on questions for Lord Wei on the Big Society and social enterprise. Here are my top five: How are Whitehall and local government procurement rules going to be changed to allow coalitions of social enterprises to compete with Serco and PwC on a level playing field? What representations will the […]

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 […]

What we can and can’t do about the economy

For an election where the big issue is the economy, the practical consequences of our economic situation are not getting much airtime. Cuts, we know. Cuts where, we don’t. Tax rises are coming, except that people are going round promising tax cuts. It all has an air of unreality about it, like a kindly parent […]

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 […]