Back in January, Jonathan Portes and I conducted a thought experiment that led us to conclude that considerably more EU migrants might have left the UK in the course of the pandemic than officially estimated, published here. Not everyone agreed, including reputable voices like Prof Ian Gordon at LSE here

Reading more and more articles about the unsustainability of the care sector and how taxes need raising and/or a staffing crisis solved by letting in people to do low-waged jobs I was reminded again of the corporate boondoggling that makes me look at such claims with a rather jaundiced eye.

The UK Supreme Court has now delivered its final verdict on the question of whether Uber Drivers are workers for the purpose of various bits of UK employment law. The full and admirably clear judgement handed down on 19 February 2021 can be found here. The conclusion, contrary to Uber’s…

The Conservatives have put out a scary story about continued free movement under a Labour government…

New analysis has revealed that Jeremy Corbyn’s plan to continue free movement with EU countries would cost DWP over £4 billion in extra benefit costs over the next 10 years, dramatically increasing the size…

There’s been plenty of anecdote about a Brexodus of EU nationals from the UK, what with all the uncertainty and hostility generated by the referendum and subsequent developments. And business responses to the government White Paper on a new immigration system seem universally alarmed at the prospect of proposals that…

Michael O'Connor

mainly welfare and tax

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