Tackling London’s living standards exodus

Published on by

Incomes and Inequality

Everyone knows housing is a disaster in London. This is most obvious in the ludicrous prices that properties fetch, but London’s housing problems stretch well beyond having to fork out over half a million pounds for a poky flat in Zone 2. For a start, the way people are housed in London has changed dramatically … Continued

READ MORE

Poor productivity and high housing costs are driving a ‘living standards exodus’ from London

Published on by

Incomes and Inequality

As a Londoner it’s fair to say that as a city we’re quite good at giving ourselves a pat on the back (though apparently self-loathing Londoners are a thing too). It’s often suggested that London is an economic powerhouse, productive, innovative and leaving the rest of the country in its wake. However new research by … Continued

READ MORE

No, the poorest don’t pay higher taxes than the richest

Published on by

Incomes and Inequality

We all know that parts of the tax system are very progressive – and this should be very apparent in the Autumn Statement when the Chancellor unveils perhaps £10 billion of tax rises that will target the wealthy. But wait, some say, when you factor in taxes such as VAT it’s actually poorer households that … Continued

READ MORE

Top of the Charts: free transport, the productivity puzzle, and paying attention to Angry Birds

Published on by

Incomes and Inequality

Are those wedding bells we can hear, or just the normal Friday afternoon fire alarm tests? The good (or bad, if like one RF colleague you live in Windsor) news is that you will be hearing wedding bells tomorrow. Try to contain your excitement. If, controversially, your plans don’t include watching the full five hours … Continued

READ MORE