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Past articles by Daniel:

Can a new UK infrastructure bank achieve net zero?

The creation of a UK Infrastructure Bank will form a core component of the Government’s strategy to level up and decarbonise the UK economy. As finance from the European Investment Bank (EIB) to UK projects declines, the UK Infrastructure Bank will attempt to catalyse investment into new infrastructure by co-investing with other investors as well as offering guarantees, debt and equity products.… → Read More

Will 'levelling up' mean London levelling down?

“The economic emergency has only just begun” proclaimed the Chancellor at last week’s Spending Review. And the figures look very grim indeed: borrowing will total nearly £400bn this year, with projections suggesting that Britain’s debt pile will grow by north of £100bn a year for the foreseeable future. Difficult choices on spending lie ahead. Indeed, … → Read More

The water companies tussle with Ofwat highlights the strength of our regulation

The general election result removed any immediate prospect of re-nationalising Britain’s privatised utility industries. This came as a relief to investors – many of whom are major domestic and international pension funds – who were worried about the value of their assets collapsing following a potential re-nationalisation below market value. The much more significant development … → Read More

How private capital can help realise the UK's infrastructure ambitions

The March 2020 Budget has now been all but forgotten. In that Budget, delivered in what now seems like a completely different era, Rishi Sunak announced a transformational set of capital expenditure plans, pledging a whopping £640bn of gross public capital investment in economic and social infrastructure across the UK by 2024-25. But a lot has happened … → Read More

London has a huge transport funding gap

Transport for London’s (TfL’s) collapsing revenues from fares and other sources led to a widely publicised bailout. This agreement is, of course, merely a sticking plaster and policymakers will now rightly be focused on shoring up TfL’s short-term financial position. But there is also a longer-term funding challenge that will need to be tackled in … → Read More

'Levelling up' doesn’t mean neglecting London’s transport needs

Tackling regional inequality across the UK will be a central theme in this week’s Budget. The Conservative Party’s 2019 manifesto commits the Government to “invest thoughtfully and responsibly in infrastructure right across our country in order to increase productivity and wages” and to do so “prudently and strategically to level up every part of the … → Read More

Austerity worked – but that doesn't mean we have money to spend

Nick Timothy today called on Philip Hammond to make a dramatic volte-face at next week’s Spring Statement. According to the Prime Minister’s former aide, the Chancellor should declare that “austerity, Mr Speaker, is no more”. Of course, this growing clamour for an end to fiscal restraint has come on the back of news that the UK is … → Read More

The flawed logic of renationalising Royal Mail

Ten years ago, Royal Mail before privatisation was 40 per cent less efficient than its competitors → Read More

Nationalisation is not the answer to the water industry's woes

Since privatisation, the water industry is 64 per cent more productive → Read More

Nationalisation won't fix Britain's broken energy market

Labour's plans for energy ownership would require up-front costs of £55bn to £185bn → Read More

The eye-watering cost of Labour's nationalisation plans

Nationalisation wouldn't just be a mistake, but an expensive one → Read More