Geoff Meeks

Who is helped by Help to Buy?

What’s not to like about a policy which can expand home ownership and boost the supply of housing? Geoff Meeks and J.Gay Meeks recount some of the doubts about the efficacy of the government’s Help to Buy scheme. They present new evidence on some of its regressive distributional consequences, and touch on the opportunity cost of the subsidy programme.

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    Understanding pension obligation figures (though your boss might not want you to)

Understanding pension obligation figures (though your boss might not want you to)

Traditionally the preserve of boring articles in arcane journals, employers’ pension obligation accounts have recently featured in headline stories in mainstream media. Geoff Meeks explains the role of these accounts in an insidious redistribution of risk and wealth between employers and employees.

When the academics’ pension fund – the Universities Superannuation Scheme – reported it had a gap of £17.5billion […]

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    Engineering financial distress: transplanting banking techniques to the NHS?

Engineering financial distress: transplanting banking techniques to the NHS?

The NHS is in what appears to be an endless financial crisis. But why has the government been unable to address the problem? Geoff Meeks draws parallels between a model deployed by the banking industry and the way the NHS is financed to explain why the problem may ultimately be a political one.

In a 2013 report, Lawrence Tomlinson, then […]

The curious case of bank tax since the bailout

In a decade when the public made a massive contribution to ensure the banks survived, the amount these institutions have paid in corporation tax are of special interest. In this article, Geoff and J. Gay Meeks find a significant decline in receipts following the bailout, which presents some questions as well as answers.
In the year of the main banking bailout, the UK’s public […]