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By Thomas Aubrey

How the government’s housing white paper could transform infrastructure investment and solve the housing crisis

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Sajid Javid has made it clear that building more homes is his top priority. So what can we expect in his white paper later this month? Recent comments by Gavin Barwell suggest the government is focussed on finding a system that can fund the necessary infrastructure to pave the way for larger scale housebuilding while avoiding conflicts that can make schemes unviable. A housing white paper that finally addressed Britain’s feeble levels of infrastructure investment by tweaking the Land Compensation Act would be transformational
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Why share buybacks imply executive managers have run out of ideas

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When Theresa May spoke to the CBI last month she urged businesses to invest in Britain for the long term. The challenge for business is that in an uncertain environment firms often prefer not to invest, as they could make poor investments and therefore hurt performance. The Prime Minister might have a point though as businesses in the UK have tended to underinvest during more positive conditions too
By Daniel Godfrey

How executive pay should be reformed

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Performance-related bonuses should be scrapped and replaced with a substantial proportion of salary to be paid in shares. This would lead to better cumulative returns over the long-term, faster productivity growth and a fairer society
By The Centre

Why the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement won’t budge productivity growth

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The Chancellor mentioned the word productivity 14 times during the Autumn Statement and for good reason. The UK lags the US and Germany by 30 %, and France by 20% resulting in lower average incomes. Three of the key drivers of productivity include the ability of workers to access education to improve human capital, the ability to access finance allowing firms to expand, and for there to be sufficient infrastructure for firms and workers including housing
By Thomas Aubrey

How the chancellor can boost infrastructure investment by £180bn

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The chancellor should change the way the uplift in land values from infrastructure investment is captured to help boost investment by £180bn over the next 20 years and to make the economy work for everyone
By Chuka Umunna

Speech: The progressive challenge – healing the divisions after Brexit

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The morning after the UK prime minister attended her first European council meeting, advisory board member of the Centre for Progressive Capitalism, Chuka Umunna, gave a speech on the progressive way forward for Brexit
By Thomas Aubrey

Britain’s failed skills policies not the fall in sterling is the real crisis

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The shock of Brexit and the current fall in sterling has highlighted that Britain’s economic model has been broken for some time
By Thomas Aubrey & Alastair Reed

Report: Rebalancing the UK economy – A post-Brexit industrial strategy

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An industrial strategy should address the persistent overvaluation of sterling and the failure to develop an appropriate system of technical education
By Thomas Aubrey

Churchill knew how to solve the housing crisis

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Writing for Prospect, Centre for Progressive Capitalism director Thomas Aubrey argues that the answer to Britain's housing crisis lies in land value capture, something that Winston Churchill wrote about