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    1. 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...

    2. 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...

    1. 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...

    2. 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...

    3. 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...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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....

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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....

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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....

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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,...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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....

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