Policy area: Financial policy

Reports

Debanked

This report from UK think tank the Institute of Economic Affairs examines the economic and social consequences of anti-money laundering regulation. Debanking became a news story in 2023 when Nigel Farage alleged that Coutts had closed his account because its executives disapproved of his political opinions. A study by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) revealed...

Read more

When to run the next spending review

This report from UK think tank the Institute for Government recommends that the next government must hold an urgent spending review before a budget 'cliff edge'. With the UK facing levels of government spending uncertainty not seen in decades, this report warns that whoever wins the general election should launch a one-year spending round within...

Read more

Up for grabs

This report from UK think tank the Social Market Foundation presents evidence on public attitudes to the pension ‘pot-for-life’ proposal. The Social Market Foundation recently published proposals for ‘member choice’ over pensions, whereby individuals can direct their contributions to a scheme of their choice. Meanwhile, the government is consulting on related proposals for a ‘lifetime...

Read more

Zero choices: Swapping zero-hour contracts for secure, flexible working

This report from UK think tank The Work Foundation investigates the contemporary use of zero-hour contracts in the UK. Analysis by the work foundation has found that a record 1.1 million working age people primarily work under zero-hour contracts, the poster child for insecure work. Our new briefing investigates the contemporary use of zero-hour contracts...

Read more

What’s the risk? PR & Communication agencies and kleptocracy

This report from UK think tank The Foreign Policy Centre highlights concerns about the role of UK PR agencies when representing clients from kleptocratic jurisdictions. The PR industry presents a conundrum in the fight against money laundering and kleptocracy. This report by Thomas Mayne, published with the support of the Foreign Policy Centre, highlights several...

Read more

Strengthening the UK’s fiscal framework: Putting fiscal rules in their place

This report from UK think tank the Institute for Government provides a guide to reform the fiscal framework to enable the government to make better choices. The UK’s fiscal framework, including a flawed set of rules, is incentivising bad policy decisions shaped by short-termism and fictional spending plans – and does little to promote fiscal...

Read more

Free wills

This report from UK think tank the Adam Smith Institute will make the case for the abolition of inheritance tax. This paper, newly updated since its initial publication in 1995, finds that many of the arguments made in favour of the abolition of inheritance tax (IHT) nearly thirty years ago are still relevant today- and,...

Read more

Graphic content

This report from UK think tank the Institute of Economic Affairs looks at how red tape is fuelling the cost of living crisis. Red tape significantly contributes to the higher cost of living in the United Kingdom. The Consumer Price Index increased by 80% between 2000 and 2023. However, there is significant price variability across...

Read more

Member choice for pensions

This report from UK think tank the Social Market Foundation addresses some common questions about member choice for pensions. This Social Market Foundation briefing builds on a previous SMF paper published in December 2023, which argued for ‘member choice’ in pensions. With such a proposal under consideration by the Government, it addresses some common questions...

Read more

Place-based public service budgets

This report from UK think tank New Local looks at making public money work better for communities. Severe challenges face public services in England. Austerity has created a ‘doom-loop’ whereby the short-term urgency to respond to crises prevents the development of long term solutions to underlying problems. Top-down efficiency initiatives no longer produce real savings,...

Read more

UK Poverty 2024

This report from UK think tank the Joseph Rowntree Foundation looks at the current situation across different groups and regions, and the future prospects for poverty in the UK. The UK is entering this election year with unacceptably high levels of poverty, appallingly high for some groups. We need a coherent plan with creative policies...

Read more

The experience of free banking

This report from UK think tank the Institute of Economic Affairs looks at a banking system in which banks issue their own notes under competitive conditions. Free banking is a banking system in which banks issue their own notes under competitive conditions while typically operating on a commodity standard, in the absence of a central...

Read more

Inflation, profits and market power

This report from UK think tank IPPR proposes major policy shifts and argues in favour of a new direction for competition policy. In the aftermath of the pandemic, as the global economy rebounded it was accompanied by a dramatic rise in inflation, reaching levels not seen since the 1970s, peaking at 9 and 11 per...

Read more

Exploring mechanisms for the return of proceeds of corruption

This report from UK think tank RUSI explores mechanisms for the return of proceeds of corruption. In the report, Maria outlines how the amount of assets returned by destination countries to countries of origin represents only a minimal fraction of the total amount of proceeds lost to corruption. In early 2022, it was estimated that...

Read more

City region employment profiles

This report from UK think tank the Work Foundation takes a deep dive into insecure work and employment. New analysis that builds on research presented in our recent ‘Delivering Levelling Up? How secure work can reduce regional inequality’ report and takes a deep dive into insecure work and employment in nine Mayoral Combined Authorities, Greater...

Read more

Related Events

3 June 2024

Location: Online

Think tank: The David Hume Institute

The economy in plain English with Robbie Mochrie

This event hosted by UK think tank the David Hulme Institute discusses 'How to Think Like an Economist - Great Economists Who Shaped the World and What They Can Teach Us'. Join journalist Clare English and David Hume Institute Director, Susan Murray in conversation with Dr Robbie Mochrie to discuss, How to Think Like an...

5 June 2024

Location: Online / Resolution Foundation, 2 Queen Anne's Gate , London SW1H 9AA

Think tank: Resolution Foundation

State crafting

This event hosted by UK think tank the Resolution Foundation will discuss the changes and challenges for managing the public finances. Tax and spend are at the heart of every general election – understandably as they represent the most significant choices made by most governments. The size and shape of the state has changed substantially...

7 June 2024

Location: St Saviourgate, York

Think tank: Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Reimagining wealth to support a more equitable and just future

This event hosted by UK think tank the Joseph Rowntree Foundation will be supporting a day of discussions on the theme of reimaging wealth.  JRF works to speed up and support the transition to a more equitable and just future, free from poverty, in which people and planet can flourish. Reimagining ‘wealth’ is central to...