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    1. March 31, 2016

      The welfare state is a piggy bank for life

      How is the “welfare state” to be justified? The usual answer is that it is a way for the well-off to help the less...

    2. March 24, 2016

      Stop chastising us for moaning, the data shows millennials get a raw deal

      We have come full circle on millennials. First, there were opinion pieces arguing that the younger generation was...

    1. March 24, 2016

      Scottish independence: Aren’t you glad the No vote won?

      If you live in Scotland and voted to separate from the rest of the UK in last year’s referendum, you might want to go...

    2. March 24, 2016

      Chart that tells a story: ‘All in this together’?

      What does this show? This chart illustrates how changes to the UK tax and benefit regime during the current parliament...

    3. March 17, 2016

      Osborne faces rebellion over cuts to disability benefits

      George Osborne’s Budget balancing act became even more precarious as he faced a growing rebellion by Tory MPs over a...

    4. March 17, 2016

      IFS warns on dark outlook for public finances

      If economic forecasts deteriorate again, George Osborne will break all his budgetary rules and will not be able to...

    5. March 17, 2016

      IFS criticises Budget ‘giveaways to the better off’

      Drinkers, drivers, higher earners and savers are the main winners from the 2016 Budget, according to analysis by the...

    6. Fast FT

      March 17, 2016

      UK Budget: the sweeter the cheaper on sugar tax

      Sometimes two lumps of sugar are better than one it seems, certainly when it comes to tax rates any way. The UK’s new...

    7. Fast FT

      March 17, 2016

      Osborne's chances of meeting rule 'only just higher than 50-50'

      George Osborne’s chances of meeting the last of his three fiscal rules are “only just the right side of 50-50″ having...

    8. March 11, 2016

      The tax tale that ends in some being worse off as wages rise

      Once upon a time, not so very long ago, Chancellor Nigel decided to simplify the income tax system. By the time he had...

    9. March 3, 2016

      UK wine tax to top £4bn for the first time

      Cheers, George! British drinkers already pay 55 per cent to the taxman on the average bottle of wine. So fizz and...

    10. February 19, 2016

      UK borrowing target on a knife edge

      Even though Britain has recorded its biggest surplus for January since 2008, George Osborne is likely to present next...

    11. Fast FT

      February 19, 2016

      UK government finances record £11.2bn January surplus

      George Osborne’s chances of meeting his fiscal targets for the year are on a knife edge, despite a surge in income-tax...

    12. February 9, 2016

      Osborne can afford to wait for a budget surplus

      George Osborne has staked his political future on restoring order to Britain’s public finances. His own measure of...

    13. February 8, 2016

      UK chancellor has to break records to balance books, says IFS

      An increasing squeeze on the UK’s public finances will require George Osborne to break several records if he is to...

    14. February 8, 2016

      PM’s ambitions put him at odds with Osborne

      The Green Budget produced by the Institute for Fiscal Studies shows how David Cameron’s political ambitions for a...

    15. Fast FT

      February 8, 2016

      IFS: UK may have to hike taxes at 'little notice'

      UK chancellor George Osborne may be forced into raising taxes or imposing further austerity “with very little notice”...

    16. February 3, 2016

      Universal credit to cut welfare spending by £2.7bn a year

      The government’s benefit reforms will cut welfare spending by £2.7bn a year and will hit working people on low incomes...

    17. January 29, 2016

      Google’s £130m tax pact: HMRC is not ‘busy cutting special deals’

      A significant redesign of the system of international taxation might be needed to deal with “derisory” corporate tax...

    18. December 10, 2015

      Tax and spend in EU differs after crisis

      Applying different fiscal “cures” to the wounds inflicted by the financial crisis made France and Italy higher-tax...

    19. November 27, 2015

      Stamp duty set to cool buy-to-let sector

      Wealthy property owners and their estate agents had hoped for a reprieve in this week’s Autumn Statement from higher...

    20. November 26, 2015

      George Osborne takes a leaf from Ed Balls’s book

      George Osborne’s revised spending plans bear an uncanny resemblance to those of his erstwhile rival, former Labour...

    21. November 26, 2015

      Benefit cuts for working poor delayed not cancelled, IFS says

      George Osborne’s cuts to benefits will ultimately be as large as planned, despite his U-turn on tax credits, an...

    22. November 19, 2015

      Generation of 18-30s poorer than their forebears

      Leo Sims currently lives with his mum. Aged 22, he may already have two part-time jobs — as a freelance graphic...

    23. October 26, 2015

      Few viable tax credit ‘tweaking’ options, say experts

      Welfare experts have made clear there are few viable options for “tweaking” the government’s contentious tax credit...

    24. October 25, 2015

      Britain’s tax credit row triggers pension debate

      David Cameron and George Osborne have repeatedly declared since their election victory in May that the Conservatives...

    25. September 25, 2015

      Chart that tells a story — a lifetime of tax

      What does this show? This chart illustrates the annual taxes paid by an average taxpayer, extrapolating the current tax...

    26. September 23, 2015

      Bank of England’s Ben Broadbent says wages are on rise

      Britain’s move to a lower skilled economy is beginning to unwind, helping to boost average real wages, says the Bank of...

    27. September 22, 2015

      Nine in 10 pay more tax than they get benefits, says IFS report

      More than nine in 10 Britons pay more in taxes than they receive in social security over their adult lives, according...

    28. September 17, 2015

      Oil price slump wrecks Scotland’s financial forecasts

      A month before last year’s Scottish independence referendum, Nicola Sturgeon, then deputy first minister, visited the...

    29. September 10, 2015

      George Osborne’s living wage is step into unknown, experts warn

      Are the CBI employers’ group and companies such as Next, Manpower and Whitbread simply bleating when they complain...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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....

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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