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    1. 15 hours ago

      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...

    2. 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 the...

    1. 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 to a...

    2. 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...

    3. 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 next...

    4. 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...

    5. 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, you...

    6. 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 in...

    7. 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...

    8. 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 of...

    9. 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 trepidation”...

    10. 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 taxes...

    11. February 4, 2015

      Nothing is inevitable about Britain’s fiscal path

      When it comes to money, policy makers are often accused of inhabiting a fool’s paradise. It is less common to hear them...

    12. February 4, 2015

      IFS warns over need for higher tax rises

      All the main UK political parties are likely to raise taxes and borrow more than planned, the Institute for Fiscal Studies...

    13. February 2, 2015

      Tory pledge to maintain schools funding amounts to real-terms cut

      David Cameron has admitted that a Conservative promise to maintain the cash spent on each pupil in England’s state schools...

    14. January 30, 2015

      High earners hit hardest in narrowing pay gap

      Pay inequality has lessened in the UK during the past three years because the real wages of highly paid employees have...

    15. January 23, 2015

      Middle-income families ‘unscathed’ by UK austerity

      Middle-income households have “escaped remarkably unscathed” from the UK government’s austerity drive, according to an...

    16. January 8, 2015

      Lewis seeks to rouse Tesco from the nightmare of its recent history

      Dave Lewis on Thursday demonstrated his willingness to turn holy cows into Tesco Finest burgers by announcing the closure of...

    17. January 8, 2015

      Review calls time on ‘flawed’ retail price index

      Investors in index-linked government bonds were spared losses from future changes to the calculation of inflation on...

    18. December 15, 2014

      Benefits cap cuts welfare bill by only one thousandth

      The cap on the total benefits for any household has cut the UK’s annual welfare bill by only one thousandth, according to an...

    19. Westminster Blog

      December 5, 2014

      How Osborne's giveaways were overshadowed by gruesome borrowing figures

      There was a touch of swagger about George Osborne on Wednesday as he told the country he had created a “strong” economy and...

    20. December 5, 2014

      Stamp duty now merely a ‘bad’ tax

      Britain’s stamp duty regime will continue to distort the housing market in spite of radical reforms unveiled by George...

    21. December 5, 2014

      Free Lunch: Narcissism and fallibility

      In both the UK and the eurozone, the week’s big policy events each marked a narcissism of small differences - in numbers and...

    22. December 4, 2014

      Think-tank criticises George Osborne’s ‘bad habits’ on tax

      George Osborne has flattered the public finances by using a temporary tax increase for banks to finance permanent tax cuts,...

    23. December 4, 2014

      Spending plans open £27bn gap between UK parties

      George Osborne woke up on Thursday and was soon spluttering into his coffee, as he listened to the BBC’s “totally hyperbolic...

    24. December 3, 2014

      Autumn Statement 2014: 1m more public sector jobs to go

      Another 1m public sector jobs are expected to be lost over the next five years as part of the latest squeeze on the public...

    25. November 27, 2014

      Greatest Scottish devolution pitfalls avoided, say economists

      The Smith Commission’s proposals for Scotland taking charge of a chunk of tax revenues won conditional support from...

    26. November 16, 2014

      Cameron says future Tory government would cut income tax

      David Cameron has insisted that a future Tory government would cut income tax and has “no plans” to raise VAT to fund the...

    27. November 11, 2014

      Britain and the cuts: Formula flaw protects Scotland, says think-tank

      Scotland has been protected from hundreds of millions of pounds of public spending cuts because of a “flaw” in the formula...

    28. November 6, 2014

      Chart that tells a story – tax summaries

      What does this show? This chart illustrates a simplified breakdown of the main areas of UK government spending – £686bn – in...

    29. October 30, 2014

      Cameron’s deficit cuts claims mauled by IFS

      David Cameron’s claims to have achieved most of the necessary spending cuts to eliminate Britain’s budget deficit were...

    30. October 23, 2014

      Inheritances do not increase inequality, survey says

      The widely-held belief that wealth passed on through inheritance increases inequality has been called into question by new...

    31. October 10, 2014

      UK spending cuts lead to cull of civil servants

      The government has reduced the number of civil servants by almost a fifth since it embarked on spending cuts in 2010, while...

    32. October 2, 2014

      Labour and Tory promises on tax and spending leave experts bewildered

      Magic appeared to be in the air at the Conservative party conference this week. After four years of downbeat mood music with...

    33. Off Message

      October 1, 2014

      Tax cuts for all - but more for you!

      In his conference speech, David Cameron said a Conservative government released from coalition would make two changes to...

    34. September 22, 2014

      Ed Balls’s deficit hawkishness fails to impress

      Ed Balls wanted to sound tough at the Labour party conference, talking about “balancing the books”, cutting ministerial pay...

    35. September 21, 2014

      Calls to end national insurance tax subsidy for self-employed

      A hidden tax subsidy for the self-employed has risen by two-thirds to £2.9bn over the past two years, sparking calls for a...

    36. September 8, 2014

      Trades Union Congress leader warns on years of austerity

      The figurehead for Britain’s union movement has put workers on notice for years of further austerity as she predicted that...

    37. Off Message

      July 15, 2014

      This is why young people can't have nice things

      Today’s young people are less likely to booze, take drugs or commit crimes than previous generations. They are sober,...

    38. July 15, 2014

      Recession hits young people hardest

      Patterns of household incomes are changing, but not along the neat lines of popular discourse. Rather than a growing divide...

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