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    1. January 22, 2016

      Osborne on course to miss deficit reduction target

      George Osborne’s chances of meeting his deficit reduction target this year are looking increasingly slender and will be...

    2. January 8, 2016

      UK families facing inheritance tax set to hit 35-year peak

      The number of UK families paying inheritance tax is at a 35-year high as surging house prices push the value of family...

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    1. January 8, 2016

      Chancellor’s economic mood shifts down

      George Osborne had a list of others to blame for his downbeat assessment of the economy — China, Brazil, Russia, lower...

    2. Fast FT

      January 4, 2016

      UK manufacturing suffers disappointing December

      UK manufacturing ended the year on a disappointing note, as growth slowed and undershot economists’ expectations. The...

    3. January 3, 2016

      Economists’ forecasts: Osborne faces problems imposing more cuts

      Chancellor George Osborne will struggle to impose further spending cuts over the next five years, most economists...

    4. December 22, 2015

      UK public finance figures deal blow to George Osborne

      The UK’s public finances will need to improve sharply during the final few months of the financial year if the...

    5. December 15, 2015

      Wage growth set to slow next year, think-tank warns

      Pay growth in Britain will slow next year unless productivity rebounds strongly, an independent think-tank has warned....

    6. December 11, 2015

      In praise of post-financial crisis paranoia

      It is tempting to declare that the crisis is over. The Bank of England reckons “the financial system has moved out of...

    7. December 9, 2015

      Britain’s illusory debate on Europe and migration

      When the EU’s 28 heads of government meet in Brussels next week, they will hold their first discussion over David...

    8. December 8, 2015

      Brussels examines option for UK migration brake

      Brussels is looking at options for Britain to restrict EU immigration if it overwhelms public services, potentially...

    9. December 1, 2015

      May aide reignites dispute with Osborne over immigration

      Tensions between George Osborne and Theresa May over immigration have reignited after one of the home secretary’s...

    10. November 27, 2015

      UK growth held back by fall in trade

      Trade applied the brakes to Britain’s economic recovery in the third quarter of the year, dragging down growth by the...

    11. 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...

    12. November 26, 2015

      OBR attacked for offering UK chancellor ‘free pass’ in forecasts

      The Office for Budget Responsibility has come under rare fire for offering George Osborne a “free pass” by raising its...

    13. November 26, 2015

      Autumn Statement: An economist’s view from Paul Johnson

      It is a measure of how our expectations have changed. The chancellor delivered billions of pounds of spending cuts...

    14. November 25, 2015

      Autumn Statement: An economist’s view from Bronwyn Curtis

      The headlines are on U-turns and backtracking, but it is the Office for Budget Responsibility’s new model of tax...

    15. November 25, 2015

      Autumn Statement: How do Osborne’s sums add up?

      George Osborne’s growth and public finance forecasts were little changed in the Autumn Statement, yet he was able to...

    16. November 25, 2015

      Public sector austerity drive gathers pace in Autumn Statement

      Public sector workers face a squeeze on pay and another 100,000 job losses over the next five years as the government’s...

    17. November 25, 2015

      Autumn Statement: ‘lucky’ Osborne sidesteps tax credit threat

      George Osborne revels in his “Iron Chancellor” media image but on Wednesday he proved again that he is made of a more...

    18. November 25, 2015

      Autumn Statement: apprenticeship levy will hit wages, OBR warns

      The apprenticeship levy will damage wage growth as employers pass on the cost to their employees, the official fiscal...

    19. November 25, 2015

      Autumn Statement predictions: 10 things to look out for

      George Osborne’s Autumn Statement and spending review will seek to show the chancellor delivering a comprehensive plan...

    20. November 20, 2015

      The UK chancellor’s big deficit challenge

      The Conservatives’ unexpected election victory in May forced George Osborne to meet a manifesto promise to eliminate...

    21. November 9, 2015

      UK’s minimum wage plan could hurt employment, OECD warns

      George Osborne’s plan to increase the minimum wage risks undermining the UK government’s success in pushing down...

    22. October 21, 2015

      Fiscal fuzziness better for the UK than Osborne’s precision

      China’s economy is officially said this week to have grown at an annual rate of 6.9 per cent in the third quarter. My...

    23. October 13, 2015

      Shadow chancellor’s economist advisers back deficit U-turn

      Members of John McDonnell’s advisory council of seven economists had implicitly criticised Labour’s decision to support...

    24. September 30, 2015

      Stamp duty receipts top pre-financial crisis high

      The amount of stamp duty raised from British home sales has hit its highest level since the financial crisis — but is...

    25. September 23, 2015

      Regions face threat of job losses from ‘living wage’

      The steep rise in the minimum wage could widen the disparity between the fortunes of London and the rest of the country...

    26. 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...

    27. September 16, 2015

      Robert Chote reappointed as chairman of OBR

      The Treasury select committee has reappointed Robert Chote as chairman of the Office for Budget Responsibility, as MPs...

    28. 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...

    29. September 9, 2015

      A refreshingly tough choice for the chancellor

      The most common mistake in economic policymaking, expertly documented by professors Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff,...

    30. September 9, 2015

      OBR successes lead to calls for expanded role

      The old joke goes that God created economists to make weather forecasters look good. The Office for Budget...

    31. September 8, 2015

      UK employers fear impact of living wage, says recruitment group

      The UK’s leading recruitment company and the Federation of Small Businesses have warned that the rise in the minimum...

    32. September 3, 2015

      Robert Chote nominated for second term as OBR chairman

      George Osborne has nominated Robert Chote for a second term as chairman of Britain’s fiscal watchdog, as a review...

    33. August 21, 2015

      Public finance data boost Osborne’s plan to reduce deficit

      George Osborne received further evidence of improving public finances on Friday as official figures showed the lowest...

    34. August 4, 2015

      UK set to miss target to double exports

      The UK will miss its target of doubling exports by more than a decade, according to a report from the British Chambers...

    35. 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...

    36. July 15, 2015

      Osborne has hit on a better pension plan

      George Osborne’s summer Budget was big. Changes to the taxation of companies, non-doms, dividends and rich people’s...

    37. July 8, 2015

      Summer Budget: Growth drag from fiscal tightening to ease by 2016

      George Osborne’s decision to smooth the pace of austerity has pushed down the growth outlook for this year — but nudged...

    38. July 8, 2015

      Summer Budget: Disraeli’s heir dishes the Labour party

      George Osborne has delivered the first Conservative Budget for 18 years. It is a boldly political one. Yet it also...

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