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    1. Andrew Smithers

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      Sterling, productivity and central bankers

      Unemployment cannot fall much more in Japan, the UK and the US without inflation rising. The actual growth of gross domestic...

    2. May 12, 2015

      Tories make free childcare and apprentices priority to boost jobs

      The Conservative government’s decision to make free childcare and apprenticeships a priority in this parliament reflects its...

    1. April 29, 2015

      Economists attack Conservative party proposals to ban tax rises

      Economists on Wednesday hit out at Conservative proposals to ban tax rises until 2020 as undermining Britain’s fiscal...

    2. April 21, 2015

      Free Lunch: The fear of debt

      Debt, debt everywhere The defining rhetoric of the UK general election is based on the fear of debt. So successful has the...

    3. April 16, 2015

      Politicians’ poll pledges hit by fickle forecasts on UK economy

      Politicians received a sharp reminder this week of the dangers of aligning policy promises with economic forecasts. The...

    4. April 15, 2015

      IMF warns UK on deficit reduction plans

      Britain’s next government will not be able to balance its books by the end of the decade, the International Monetary Fund...

    5. 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...

    6. March 31, 2015

      Rival UK economic plans come under scrutiny

      Conservative plans to cut borrowing more quickly than their political rivals would slow the recovery a little, but make...

    7. March 25, 2015

      UK voters face a choice of cuts or more cuts in public spending

      Get ready for a rollercoaster ride in public spending, the Office for Budget Responsibility warned after last week’s Budget....

    8. March 19, 2015

      George Osborne’s pledge to reverse cuts puts focus on axe

      George Osborne’s Budget was intended to soften his “austerity chancellor” image, but his decision to reverse cuts at the end...

    9. 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...

    10. March 19, 2015

      Budget 2015: Osborne hits back at ‘rollercoaster’ spending claims

      George Osborne has denied claims that public spending under a Conservative government would follow a “rollercoaster”...

    11. March 19, 2015

      Budget 2015: Economist view — Bronwyn Curtis

      Giveaways may be lost in post-election tax rises, whoever wins the general election. The script for the Budget in the run-up...

    12. March 19, 2015

      Budget 2015: Economist view — Michael Saunders

      There were three salient points in today’s Budget. First, with better revenues this year and savings on debt service and...

    13. March 18, 2015

      Budget 2015: How George Osborne found slack to cut the cuts

      A budget surplus by 2018-19; smaller cuts to public services; forecast economic growth; the burden of debt falling earlier...

    14. March 18, 2015

      Budget 2015: Osborne’s rosy words conceal old problems

      George Osborne sought to paint a rosy picture of the economy in his budget speech on Wednesday, dubbing Britain “the...

    15. March 18, 2015

      UK Budget 2015: Fragility lies beneath a bright outlook

      In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is king. So, when George Osborne, chancellor of the exchequer, boasted in his...

    16. March 18, 2015

      UK Budget 2015: Unproductive workers make for a laborious recovery

      George Osborne might have a long-term plan, but we have learnt over the past five years that he is quite happy to change it...

    17. March 18, 2015

      Budget 2015: London housing slowdown hits finances

      London’s housing market slowdown has hit the public finances, with the tax take forecast from house sales being scaled back...

    18. FT Data

      March 18, 2015

      Budget 2015 explained in 9 charts

      The big action in the 2015 UK Budget comes in the moderation of public spending cuts. It doesn’t feel much like a rabbit out...

    19. The Exchange

      March 18, 2015

      Budget 2015: No rabbits from the hat, but an indulgence

      It might prove to be the most expensive joke in history: £1m provided for an Agincourt commemoration simply to allow George...

    20. March 18, 2015

      Budget 2015: First-time buyers get 25% Isa subsidy for deposits

      First-time buyers will receive up to £3,000 to help them get on to the housing ladder through a new Help to Buy individual...

    21. March 18, 2015

      Budget 2015: Osborne pledges an easing of UK austerity

      George Osborne, UK chancellor of the exchequer, has pledged to ease the squeeze on public spending a year earlier than...

    22. Westminster Blog

      March 18, 2015

      Live: The 2015 Budget

      This is the transcript of the Live Blog session ending at 15:32 on 18 Mar 2015.Chancellor George Osborne has promised “no...

    23. March 18, 2015

      To austerity and beyond — the UK coalition’s record in power

      Key areas Economy Labour market Public finances Taxation Winners & Losers After 13 years of Labour rule, the Conservatives...

    24. March 17, 2015

      Budget 2015: What to look out for in George Osborne’s statement

      The Financial Times’ Economics Editor examines the measures expected to be made by George Osborne on the economy, public...

    25. March 16, 2015

      George Osborne’s options for pre-election Budget sweeteners

      Economists are adamant that the public finances are looking healthier than at the time of the Autumn Statement in December,...

    26. February 25, 2015

      Lack of progress on universal credit

      Very little progress has been made in delivering the government’s flagship welfare reform, universal credit, despite £700m...

    27. February 8, 2015

      Slowing post-poll UK cuts would boost economy, says think-tank

      Slowing the pace of spending cuts after May’s general election would boost the UK economy in the next parliament, according...

    28. FT Alphaville

      January 29, 2015

      About that UK economic track record

      Always something of a subjective question, Simon Wren-Lewis, economics professor at Oxford, has had a go at putting the...

    29. The World

      January 27, 2015

      Greece: the case against 'structural reform'

      A former colleague on the FT (no names, but he now runs the UK’s Office for Budget Responsibility) used to muse that a...

    30. January 16, 2015

      Fiscal watchdog ‘not a fantastic forecaster’, admits mandarin

      George Osborne’s independent fiscal watchdog “is not a fantastic forecaster”, the top civil servant in the Treasury has...

    31. Andrew Smithers

      January 7, 2015

      UK fiscal policy and the devaluation of sterling

      The UK’s Office of Budget Responsibility (“OBR”) is a very professional organisation; far more so, for example, than the US...

    32. December 30, 2014

      UK wage growth to remain weak, says CIPD report

      UK wage growth is likely to remain weak for at least another year because employers are finding it easy to recruit and...

    33. December 26, 2014

      UK government spending: Back to the future

      Britain’s past is dominating the political battle over the nation’s future. With an extremely close election over four...

    34. December 24, 2014

      Modest improvement to UK productivity

      The UK’s productivity performance may be improving, but progress remains slow, figures published on Wednesday suggest....

    35. December 21, 2014

      Oil rout would have wrecked an independent Scotland’s finances

      Scotland’s North Sea revenues would have slumped to one fifth of Holyrood’s preferred forecasts in its first year of...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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