Ben Southwood

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Ben Southwood is head of research at the Adam Smith Institute. 

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Is an average price increase of 3.4 per cent in rail fares for 2018 justified? [...]

6 December
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Often when we talk about taxes, we just weigh out how much they raise and who pays, and assume any change is about handing out [...]

30 October
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DEBATE: Should the next government force employers to give employees on zero-hours contracts the “right to request” fixed [...]

24 May
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Labour voters can stop worrying about their party’s impending electoral wipeout – Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour may be doomed, [...]

16 May
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When the government announced the National Living Wage (NLW), one risk was that a faster schedule of hikes in the wage floor [...]

11 April
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Imagine that you didn’t know how cold weather and turning on the heat affected the temperature of a room. [...]

24 February
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Every year Oxfam releases statistics comparing the wealth of the global poor and the global rich, showing a stunning, often widening, [...]

17 January
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As expected, the chancellor’s speech contained no reversal of stamp duty changes, withdrawal of mortgage interest relief proposals [...]

23 November
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Unless something changes, few of today’s youth will ever own their own homes – there is simply not enough housing to go round. [...]

2 November
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Whether small or large, infrastructure schemes boost local business confidence, regenerate areas, create business opportunities [...]

24 October
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The Bank’s monetary policy is not only a potentially serious danger to financial stability, it also has damaging side effects [...]

15 September
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The IFS is an excellent think tank but its latest paper adds nothing to the debate. It’s on the gender pay gap, which it slices [...]

23 August
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Twenty eight people died at the 30 June Stadium in Cairo last year, suffocating in a crush that began when police fired tear [...]

11 August
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The government is unfairly protecting the old over the young in two main ways. First, by an excessively generous pensions policy [...]

19 July
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Though the country could do without yet more marquee financial policy events, economic gimmicks and ill-considered policy changes, [...]

22 March
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