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    1. 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...

    2. 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...

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    1. The Future of Retirement

      Persuading workers in their 20s and 30s to save for a distant retirement is a challeng...
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    1. 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...

    2. 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...

    3. 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...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. July 8, 2015

      Tax-cutting rhetoric masks increases in spending and revenue

      George Osborne has smoothed the path of austerity; achieved a surplus a year later than planned; reduced cuts to...

    7. The Exchange

      June 18, 2015

      Osborne can try to impose a straitjacket, but the economy is a slippery customer

      On reading in reports of his Mansion House speech that George Osborne intended to bring in a legal requirement for the...

    8. FT Alphaville

      June 12, 2015

      What if the UK paid off all its government debt?

      UK chancellor George Osborne has announced new budgetary rules that aim to eliminate the current structural deficit...

    9. June 11, 2015

      George Osborne challenged over bank rescue profit claim

      George Osborne’s claim that the taxpayer made a £14bn profit from the 2008 rescue of Britain’s banks has been dismissed...

    10. June 11, 2015

      Officials struggle to balance work and welfare cuts

      When George Osborne promised a Conservative-led government would cut £12bn from the welfare bill rather than implement...

    11. June 11, 2015

      Budget watchdog says ageing population will wipe out surpluses

      George Osborne will break his new rule to run a budget surplus in “normal times” as soon as 2023, the UK fiscal...

    12. June 10, 2015

      Osborne’s budget surplus law follows UK tradition of moving goalposts

      George Osborne’s new law requiring British governments to run a budget surplus in “normal times” will be the third...

    13. Andrew Smithers

      May 27, 2015

      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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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”...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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,...

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