A century ago, economists believed that increases in economic productivity would lead to drastically shorter working weeks by the beginning of the 21st century. Although these predictions have not yet materialised, recent years have seen an increased interest in instituting a 4-day work week. Alec Haglund, IF Researcher, discusses how a 4-day week might benefit… Read more »
Expanding the system of National Insurance in 1948 was the ingenious trump card played by the post-war Labour Government to help overcome Conservative Party and establishment opposition to its proposals for a British welfare state and National Health Service. National Insurance in 2023, however, is simply a disguised form of income tax which falls disproportionately… Read more »
Liz Emerson, IF Co-founder, asks whether any progress has been made over reducing the huge waiting lists for mental health support facing children and young people with eating disorders.
IF Student Volunteer, Charlotte Foster, highlights the effects that multiple environmental crises are having on young people’s mental health and calls for the redoubling of our commitment to reducing the impacts of humans on the environment.
Twenty years ago Philip Yorke studied Construction Economics and Management at UCL, Bartlett. In this article Philip asks why younger generations cannot have family homes?
Angus Hanton, IF Co-founder, argues that Kier Starmer is wrong to claim that no homeowner wants to see house price falls
The student loan system is broken. For the crime of pursuing a higher education, many graduates in England face an additional 9% marginal tax for most of their working lives. Alec Haglund, IF Researcher, discusses IF analysis of the best ways to lower the debt burden for graduates.
Eight years after the Paris Climate Agreement, an initial round of negotiations over a legally binding international treaty on plastics pollution concluded last week. Following these new talks in Paris IF Researcher, Sylvan Lutz, highlights the intergenerational dangers posed by plastics.
Global population slowing and ageing, low economic growth, high taxation and the grey vote. IF supporter, Philip Yorke, explores the many drivers holding back young people in the UK.
In this article, IF supporter and father, Philip Yorke, argues that the student loan system affects the whole economy, and by looking forward a generation it is obvious how untenable this funding method will become.