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    1. December 17, 2014

      Productivity will make or break the next government

      Hard as it is to ignore, the rapid fall of inflation is an irrelevance for UK economic prospects compared with productivity...

    2. December 15, 2014

      Osborne sets out tough UK fiscal rules

      George Osborne announced new budgetary rules for the government on Monday in an attempt to highlight the gap between what...

    1. December 11, 2014

      City fears politicians avoiding hard truths

      Economists complained after Ed Miliband’s speech on the deficit that no UK political party had yet given enough detail on...

    2. December 11, 2014

      The battle over the public finances will define Britain

      Last week’s Autumn Statement marked the beginning of serious campaigning for the British general election due next May....

    3. December 9, 2014

      Big businesses plan UK hiring spree, says ManpowerGroup

      Britain’s large companies plan to accelerate hiring in the new year, according to a survey by recruitment company...

    4. December 4, 2014

      OBR foresees further setback for universal credit

      The government’s key welfare reform, universal credit, is already running years behind schedule, but Britain’s fiscal...

    5. December 4, 2014

      Tax changes to ‘clobber’ London’s luxury home market

      London’s most expensive homes will see values weaken as a result of changes to the stamp duty tax regime announced this week...

    6. December 4, 2014

      David Cameron’s foreign aid pledge to cost extra £1bn

      Britain will have to spend almost £1bn more than forecast to be sure of meeting its foreign aid commitments this year and...

    7. 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...

    8. December 4, 2014

      UK economic outlook remains gloomy

      George Osborne on Thursday rounded on critics of the government’s economic forecasts, branding concerns about the depth of...

    9. December 4, 2014

      Autumn Statement 2014: Osborne plays down spending cuts fears

      George Osborne and David Cameron have accused the BBC of “hyperbolic” coverage of public spending cuts, prompting a row...

    10. December 3, 2014

      Autumn Statement 2014: Stagnating productivity threatens finances

      Reforms that mean more investment in infrastructure and tackle anomalies in the tax system are all much needed and welcome....

    11. December 3, 2014

      Autumn Statement 2014: Extra spending cuts to balance the books

      The (horrible) public finance numbers were rather much as expected. Far from being largely dealt with, as intended, the...

    12. December 3, 2014

      Cuts alone may not deliver George Osborne’s elusive fiscal goal

      George Osborne on Wednesday delivered his penultimate set-piece statement of this parliament. It was not the one he hoped to...

    13. December 3, 2014

      Autumn Statement 2014: How strong is UK economy?

      George Osborne’s Treasury appears to have an iron grip on the public finance forecasts. Despite huge uncertainty, the...

    14. December 3, 2014

      Autumn Statement 2014: Recovery in wages to start next year

      Britain is set to lose economic momentum next year but will finally see productivity and wages start to recover, the...

    15. December 3, 2014

      Autumn Statement 2014: OBR asked to spell out Lib Dem differences

      Vince Cable has asked the Office for Budget Responsibility to spell out the difference between Conservative and coalition...

    16. December 3, 2014

      Autumn Statement 2014: Candour deficit matches fiscal one

      Two questions hung over this Autumn Statement. First, will the recovery remain job-rich, wage-poor and revenue-lite in 2015...

    17. The A-List

      December 3, 2014

      The Autumn Statement and a dose of wishful thinking

      It might be described as an Autumn Statement for wishful thinkers. Admittedly, with a general election fast approaching,...

    18. December 3, 2014

      Autumn Statement 2014: A mixed bag from the chancellor

      The UK economy is doing better than most developed economies but not well enough that the chancellor of the exchequer could...

    19. Off Message

      December 3, 2014

      The cuts to come

      In the excitement of the 650 people shouting about probably inaccurate economic forecasts that passes for a major state...

    20. FT Alphaville

      December 3, 2014

      The 2 minute visual guide to the Autumn Statement

      As ever, George Osborne reeled off lots of lots of numbers to suggest the economy and public finances were extremely...

    21. December 3, 2014

      Autumn Statement 2014: Balls slams Osborne over borrowing

      George Osborne’s claims of fiscal probity in his Autumn Statement were savaged by Ed Balls, the shadow chancellor, who...

    22. December 3, 2014

      Autumn Statement 2014: Tax receipts fall short of forecasts

      The fragility of the public finances was underlined on Wednesday by official forecasts suggesting that the tax-to-GDP ratio...

    23. December 3, 2014

      Autumn Statement 2014: The chancellor’s speech

      Mr Speaker, four years ago, in the first Autumn Statement of this Parliament, I presented the accounts of an economy in...

    24. December 1, 2014

      Chancellor to admit falling far short in effort to cut UK deficit

      The UK chancellor will be forced to announce on Wednesday that he will fall far short of his 2010 target of eliminating the...

    25. November 21, 2014

      Weak oil and tax revenues weigh on public finances, data show

      Continued weakness in tax revenues in October have created a difficult backdrop to next month’s Autumn Statement despite the...

    26. November 12, 2014

      Britain and the cuts: Autumn Statement hangs on OBR’s forecast

      George Osborne is likely to be forced to announce yet more bad news on the public finances in his last Autumn Statement...

    27. November 11, 2014

      Britain and the cuts: Senior civil servant who reflects times we live in

      Her title is second permanent secretary at the Treasury but to many in government Sharon White has been the face of the UK’s...

    28. November 9, 2014

      Britain and the cuts: Non-protected departments in line of fire

      Britain and the cuts: departments at risk A stark message greeted the coalition government when it took charge in 2010....

    29. November 9, 2014

      Britain and the cuts: Blow for Cameron as UK faces deeper cuts

      George Osborne must cut deeper into the budgets of the army, police and courts as the annual savings needed to meet his...

    30. October 31, 2014

      Brussels bill not out of control, says UK Treasury

      Britain’s contributions to the EU were not much higher last year than had been expected, the government insisted on Friday,...

    31. October 30, 2014

      Improving public finances is both a moral and technical challenge

      The UK still has a large fiscal deficit. According to the Office for Budget Responsibility, the public sector net borrowing...

    32. October 28, 2014

      Treasury in line for pension tax windfall

      The UK pension reforms due to be implemented next April will result in a £1.6bn cash windfall for the government as savers...

    33. October 21, 2014

      UK shortfall in tax receipts adds to problem of cutting deficit

      The UK economy might be growing at the fastest rate in the industrial world, but there are few signs of recovery where it...

    34. October 19, 2014

      Treasury rules out election giveaways as tax revenues fall short

      Cabinet ministers have been warned by the Treasury that it is likely they will have to rein in their spending in the run-up...

    35. October 16, 2014

      Raising personal tax allowance costs more than expected, says OBR

      The costs of government policy of increasing the personal allowance, the threshold where people start paying income tax, are...

    36. October 16, 2014

      Fiscal policy should not be decided by simplistic rules

      How should the UK determine its fiscal objectives? Today, after the financial crisis and consequent jump in deficits and...

    37. October 15, 2014

      Figuring out Cameron’s spending cuts

      The Conservatives’ record on public spending cuts and the prospects for the next parliament have been called into question...

    38. October 13, 2014

      Income tax shortfall hits public finances

      Britain’s economic recovery has generated far less tax revenue than forecast, raising the prospect of even deeper spending...

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