TaxPayers’ Alliance

Jonathan Isaby, Chief Executive:

“Leaving more money in taxpayers’ pockets is extremely welcome, and will be rewarded on the doorstep. However, we mustn’t lose sight of the fundamental goal of bringing spending under control. The deficit is the defining issue facing this country, and election giveaways shouldn’t distract us from the fact that no party has been clear enough on where they would find the necessary savings.”

Adam Smith Institute

Dr Eamonn Butler, Director:

“It’s been an absurd part of UK tax policy that people making the minimum wage have had their earnings taxed away. The Conservatives should be applauded for making a firm commitment to keep those on the minimum wage out of income tax, regardless of future rises to the minimum wage. However, to truly take the lowest-paid out of tax, the Tories would do well to reevaluate the National Insurance threshold, which goes into the same revenue pot as income tax yet continues to sit far below the personal allowance threshold.”

Institute of Economic Affairs

Mark Littlewood, Director-General:

“This manifesto promises us that the Conservatives have a plan for every stage of our lives. It’s highly doubtful that there are many voters who want David Cameron and George Osborne to plan their lives from cradle to grave. This is a missed opportunity by the Conservative Party to put forward a strategy for a growing and successful economy which allows individuals to make their own plans for their own prosperity. Given the Conservative Party’s moderate success in restoring much-needed economic growth to the UK, it is surprising to see this manifesto focus on giveaways rather than their relative economic competence.”

Centre for Policy Studies

“We strongly welcome the manifesto commitment to extend the Right to Buy. The CPS has long argued for the economic and social benefits of wider home ownership. The proposal gives the Right to Buy to 2.75 million people living in 1.3 million housing association homes. This would undoubtedly help thousands more families to achieve their aspiration of owning their own home and would deliver broader economic benefits. But it would be have been so much more powerful if a more radical reform of the planning system had also been proposed in order to liberate the supply of housing.”