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    1. July 21, 2015

      Osborne asks Whitehall to plan 40% budget cuts

      George Osborne flexed his credentials as the “austerity chancellor” on Tuesday as he ordered Whitehall departments to...

    2. July 17, 2015

      Wage forecasts undermine 40p tax band rise

      The Conservatives’ pledge to take “hardworking people” out of the 40p income tax band by raising the higher rate...

    1. July 9, 2015

      Higher wage will not compensate for tax credit cuts, IFS says

      A higher national minimum wage will not compensate poorer working families for lost tax credits, the Institute for...

    2. July 9, 2015

      Dividend rules change to hit 700,000 taxpayers

      About 700,000 taxpayers are likely to face tax rises as a result of George Osborne’s “major and long overdue reform” of...

    3. July 3, 2015

      Since you asked: There is nothing wrong with benefiting from benefits

      ‘Half of households receive more in benefits than they pay in taxes’ The Daily Telegraph, June 29 What a sad indictment...

    4. July 2, 2015

      Free Lunch: Tinker, tailor, taxman, fixer?

      Beyond the Budget Next week, George Osborne,UK chancellor, presents the first Budget of the new Tory-only government....

    5. June 25, 2015

      Incomes rise fastest for UK’s poorer households

      A broad measure of Britain’s income inequality has fallen to the lowest level for almost a generation, official figures...

    6. June 16, 2015

      Ex-public sector staff need to be more mobile, says report

      Redundant public sector workers must move into private sector jobs much more quickly if they are to avoid long periods...

    7. June 11, 2015

      Officials struggle to balance work and welfare cuts

      When George Osborne promised a Conservative-led government would cut £12bn from the welfare bill rather than implement...

    8. June 5, 2015

      Millions snared by income tax traps

      Changes to headline rates of tax — or politicians’ promises not to raise them — tend to elicit the biggest reaction...

    9. June 4, 2015

      Cameron risks misleading public on UK spending cuts, IFS says

      David Cameron risked misleading the public during the general election campaign over the amount that the state would be...

    10. June 3, 2015

      ‘Sir Angel’ exposes devil in the detail of UK cuts

      David Cameron’s vision for his second term is about to crash into fiscal reality as George Osborne prepares his summer...

    11. May 26, 2015

      Think-tank says £12bn in UK welfare cuts will be hard to achieve

      Welfare changes to be highlighted in the Queen’s Speech will save only a fraction of the £12bn the government wants to...

    12. May 14, 2015

      Thousands of claimants found work after benefits cap, says minister

      More than 20,000 people whose benefits have been capped have subsequently found work or claimed less housing benefit,...

    13. May 10, 2015

      Piecemeal UK tax rises seem ‘inevitable’

      George Osborne is expected to rely on piecemeal tax changes and frozen thresholds to raise extra revenue after his...

    14. May 6, 2015

      UK’s joyless recovery poses poll challenge for Cameron

      The UK votes on Thursday after two years of strong growth, booming employment and improving public finances. But the...

    15. Off Message

      May 4, 2015

      The Scottish National Party and the Joe Biden test

      Okay, the US vice-president hasn’t directly commented on the Scottish National party. But in any analysis of public...

    16. May 1, 2015

      Scorn poured over parties’ tax avoidance pledges

      Political pledges to raise billions more from tackling tax avoidance and evasion have been strongly criticised as...

    17. April 28, 2015

      General election: IFS attacks parties’ pension proposals

      Plans for curbs on pension tax relief drawn up by both main political parties in the UK have been lambasted by an...

    18. April 23, 2015

      SNP spending plans imply same cuts as Labour, says IFS

      The Scottish National party’s spending plans imply the same cuts, if not more, than Labour’s plans over the next five...

    19. April 22, 2015

      SNP corporate tax proposal could lower rates across UK

      A Scottish National party push to control business taxes would potentially cut corporation tax revenues in Scotland and...

    20. April 21, 2015

      Scotland warned of substantial tax rises

      Scotland would need to make “substantial” tax rises or spending cuts if it won full control over taxation and spending,...

    21. Off Message

      April 21, 2015

      Scotland's fiscal cliff

      Beyond the immediate political battles being fought by the Labour party against the Scottish National party, and the...

    22. April 14, 2015

      Tory ‘tax free minimum wage’ plans to cost £3.7bn

      Conservative plans to push up the income tax personal allowance to at least £12,500 by 2020 — and legislate for a “tax...

    23. April 12, 2015

      Labour and Lib Dems attack Tories over inheritance tax change

      A Conservative proposal to remove houses worth up to £1m from inheritance tax came under fire on Sunday for...

    24. April 10, 2015

      Chart that tells a story — pensions and earnings

      What does this show? It’s the basic state pension as a percentage of average weekly earnings since the 1970s. Its value...

    25. March 31, 2015

      British election at risk of drowning in dodgy data

      It is not because they are overwhelmingly content with their lot that voters turn out in such low numbers for British...

    26. March 27, 2015

      Chart that tells a story — savings allowance

      What does this show? This chart illustrates how the Institute for Fiscal Studies, an independent think-tank, forecasts...

    27. March 26, 2015

      Pre-election tax pledges fraught with political hazards

      This week, the two main parties made big promises about not raising taxes if they win on May 7. The past five general...

    28. March 19, 2015

      Economists see ‘candour deficit’ in UK Budget rhetoric

      Political parties were accused of a “candour deficit” on public spending as economists scrutinised the fine print of...

    29. March 13, 2015

      UK government under fire over tax ‘weaknesses’

      Tax revenues have barely kept pace with national income since 2009 despite more than £16bn of tax increases, according...

    30. March 6, 2015

      Free Lunch: Living standards, known unknowns

      Lies, damned lies, and income statistics The UK's Institute for Fiscal Studies caused a splash this week with analysis...

    31. March 6, 2015

      Poorest areas hit hardest by UK cuts, research finds

      The UK’s poorest areas have been hit hardest by local government spending cuts and are likely to lose most again in the...

    32. March 5, 2015

      Blame feeble productivity growth for stagnant living standards

      In the financial year that ends on April 5, real household median incomes in the UK will at last regain the levels of...

    33. FT Data

      March 4, 2015

      What has really happened to living standards?

      Choices matter when measuring living standards. When looking at Britain’s living standards since before the recession,...

    34. March 3, 2015

      UK living standards set to bounce back to pre-recession levels

      Living standards in Britain will finally return to pre-recession levels this year as workers benefit from improvements...

    35. February 26, 2015

      Tax on UK companies should be cut further, says IFS

      George Osborne’s flagship policy of cutting taxation on companies has cost nearly £8bn a year but further UK fiscal...

    36. February 19, 2015

      General election will decide future of the British state

      The general election on May 7 2015 is an important moment in British history. Great doubt exists over the configuration...

    37. February 12, 2015

      Maths lesson gives Miliband a headache

      Warming up for his flagship education announcement on Thursday, Ed Miliband admitted he felt a “faint whiff of...

    38. February 5, 2015

      Get ready for tax rises, whoever wins

      George Bush went into the 1988 US presidential election with the words: “Read my lips. No new taxes”. John Major cut...

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