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21.06.17

A government which has lost its purpose

High Pay Centre response to the Queen’s Speech – 21 June 2017 Theresa giveth, and Theresa taketh away. Less than a year ago, the prime minister spoke of the “irrational, unhealthy and growing gap” between…
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18.05.17

Welcome common sense on pay ratio

High Pay Centre statement on the Conservative party manifesto On page 18 of the Conservative party manifesto 2017 you find the following section: Fair corporate pay “We believe people should be rewarded for their talents and…
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16.05.17

Election 2017: statement on Labour manifesto

The Labour Party is proposing an "Excessive Pay Levy" on businesses offering very large salaries The Labour Party manifesto, published today (16.5.2017), contains this commitment: “Labour will also legislate to reduce pay inequality by introducing…
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04.01.17

Fat Cat Wednesday 2017

Welcome back to work. FTSE100 bosses will have already clocked up an average annual UK salary by lunchtime today. "Over a thousand pounds an hour..." Fat Cat Wednesday 2017 •       Top bosses will already have…
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17.09.16

A company is a juridical person

Con Keating, seasoned observer and friend of the High Pay Centre, responds to Chris Philp MP's paper This blog is a response to the High Pay Centre publication “Restoring Responsible Ownership” produced by Chris Philp…
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17.09.16

Responsible Capitalism

Some timely thoughts from Con Keating Last week, as part of its 30th anniversary celebrations, the Institute of Business Ethics held an open discussion, with an eminent panel, on the topic: Responsible Capitalism: what does…
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02.08.16

Smithers strikes again

The distinguished commentator and analyst Andrew Smithers shares his sceptical thoughts about the UK's post-Brexit prospects. (Hint: productivity...)   The High Pay Centre is pleased to publish this latest essay by the economist Andrew Smithers…
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27.07.16

Quantum of not very much solace

Good as far as it goes, which was not far enough: the Investment Association's executive pay working group report Sensible people, trying their best to do sensible things. That was the impression created by the…
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22.07.16

New PM spells big change for boards

A piece by Stefan Stern in the Financial Times on 21.7.2016 It could be a long, hot summer in the boardroom. Not because of economic or political uncertainty: that is a “known unknown”, for which…
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19.05.16

Welfare for the wealthy

The UK's income tax regime is not as progressive as you think. By Jolyon Maugham QC This year we’ll collect a little less than £170bn of income tax, roughly a third of all tax receipts.…