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    1. 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...

    2. 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...

    1. 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...

    2. 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,...

    3. 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...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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,...

    18. July 15, 2014

      Over-60s have fared better than UK workers since crisis

      Pensioners and those on the verge of retirement have fared better than all working age adults since the financial crisis,...

    19. 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...

    20. July 4, 2014

      The grand illusion of national insurance

      ‘Radical Tory tax plan spells the end of national insurance’ The Independent, June 30 This is a new low. I can’t believe...

    21. June 25, 2014

      Over-65s tipped to be healthy and richer in 10 years’ time

      Older adults are more likely to be healthier and wealthier in 10 years than they are today, and much more likely to be at...

    22. Off Message

      June 11, 2014

      JK Rowling's magical explanation for her No vote

      Not content with writing brilliantly about one wizard, JK Rowling has blogged about Alex Salmond. In a post on her website...

    23. June 4, 2014

      Bigger deficit forecast for an independent Scotland

      Falling oil supplies and spending pledges would result in an £8.6bn deficit in Scotland’s first year of independence,...

    24. May 13, 2014

      Chancellors make tax complicated and inefficient, says IFS chief

      George Osborne and his predecessors are accused of making the tax system “more complicated, less efficient and less...

    25. April 23, 2014

      Trebling university tuition fees cuts taxpayer costs just 5%

      The trebling of UK university tuition fees has resulted in a “highly uncertain” future for higher education funding and...

    26. Off Message

      April 11, 2014

      The future of the graduate

      I studied for an undergraduate degree in England and for a masters in the US. In America, I learnt of the debt some of my...

    27. April 4, 2014

      Inheritance tax set to raise highest amount since 1970s

      Inheritance tax (IHT) is forecast to yield its highest revenue since the 1970s over the next five years, according to a...

    28. March 20, 2014

      Caution tempers euphoria over scrapping of forced pension annuities

      A wave of euphoria has been released by the scrapping of a 60-year old law that forced pensioners to buy insurance to give...

    29. Off Message

      March 20, 2014

      The Budget in 75 words

      On Thursday, the Institute for Fiscal Studies delivered its verdict on the Budget. If you prefer prose, I recommend director...

    30. March 20, 2014

      IFS criticises George Osborne for Budget ‘bad habits’

      The chancellor is taking risks with his own deficit reduction programme by using temporary measures to finance permanent tax...

    31. Off Message

      March 19, 2014

      The five charts you need to win the Budget

      Consider this a graphic complement to your bluffer’s guide. 1. This is Britain’s fiscal future. Taken from the IFS, it shows...

    32. Off Message

      March 5, 2014

      Why raising the personal allowance won't help the poor

      Raising the personal allowance threshold for income tax is a popular idea. It was the Liberal Democrats’ flagship policy at...

    33. February 14, 2014

      UK police and army face 40% job cuts in five years, IFS warns

      The police and military could have to shed up to 40 per cent of their workers if health and education are protected from...

    34. Off Message

      February 6, 2014

      Scottish independence: the 30 essential charts

      At times it can seem there are more data released on Scotland and independence than there are caramel wafers made by the...

    35. February 5, 2014

      UK tax cut plans poorly targeted at low paid, says think-tank

      The UK chancellor is less than halfway through his programme of spending cuts, a think-tank noted on Wednesday. The...

    36. February 5, 2014

      IFS calls on UK to reform pensions tax exemption

      Reforming the taxation of pensions could raise an extra £10.8bn a year, according to an influential think-tank, which has...

    37. FT Alphaville

      February 5, 2014

      This is nuts. When's the crash?

      London prime property vendor finance, vignette #1: Luxury property developer Christian Candy has lent more than £300m in the...

    38. Off Message

      January 28, 2014

      Balls's misleading tax sums - and why they matter

      On Saturday, Ed Balls announced that a Labour government would bring back the 50 per cent tax rate on incomes over £150,000....

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