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  1. 16 hours ago

    Q&A: What is going on with the UK’s public finances?

    On the face of it the contradiction is striking: despite the rhetoric of austerity public sector borrowing for the first...

  2. 18 hours ago

    UK borrowing still breaching target

    Britain’s anaemic wage growth is having a knock-on effect on public finances, with weak increases in tax receipts meaning...

  1. August 15, 2014

    Chart that tells a story . . . inheritance tax

    What does this show? Having peaked at £3.8bn in 2007-08, the amount of inheritance tax collected by HM Revenue & Customs...

  2. July 22, 2014

    UK borrowing higher than expected

    The UK’s public finances have barely improved in a year, despite four successive quarters of economic growth. This is the...

  3. Off Message

    July 13, 2014

    The Scottish government is misleading Scots about oil

    Why North Sea oil and gas is important Without North Sea oil and gas it is unlikely that there would even be a referendum on...

  4. July 10, 2014

    UK fiscal watchdog cuts North Sea oil revenue forecast

    The UK’s Office for Budget Responsibility has dealt a blow to Scottish independence campaigners, cutting its expectations...

  5. June 25, 2014

    Ed Balls challenges Tory opposition to manifesto audits

    Ed Balls, shadow chancellor, has claimed George Osborne is running scared over Labour’s call for the independent fiscal...

  6. June 10, 2014

    Growth in UK manufacturing sector fastest in 3 years

    Growth in the UK’s manufacturing sector accelerated in April in a further sign that the economic recovery is broadening....

  7. June 9, 2014

    One in five children to live in poverty, says official commission

    The coalition’s flagship welfare reform programme is failing to restore momentum to the drive to tackle child poverty,...

  8. June 4, 2014

    Bigger deficit forecast for an independent Scotland

    Falling oil supplies and spending pledges would result in an £8.6bn deficit in Scotland’s first year of independence,...

  9. Westminster Blog

    May 14, 2014

    Improving economic data belies stubborn youth unemployment

    Danny Alexander is in a cheerful mood this morning, hailing a “jobs-rich recovery” on the back of fresh employment data. The...

  10. May 2, 2014

    UK state set for £4.5bn Help to Buy profit

    George Osborne’s flagship Help to Buy equity loan scheme is poised to generate £4.5bn in profit for the government, making...

  11. April 16, 2014

    UK wages rise above inflation after six-year squeeze

    The UK appears set for gradual increases in wages above inflation in the coming months, after the ending of a six-year...

  12. April 14, 2014

    Osborne courts right with ‘dynamic scoring’ research on tax cuts

    George Osborne will appeal to the right wing of the Conservative party on Monday with the publication of further government...

  13. April 11, 2014

    Osborne’s victory dance in DC

    It was billed as the “told you so” tour. And, in the end, George Osborne’s visit to the International Monetary Fund spring...

  14. April 3, 2014

    Osborne criticises FCA’s ‘egregious error’ over insurance probe

    Officials from the Financial Conduct Authority briefed the insurance trade body about plans for a review of life policies...

  15. April 2, 2014

    UK chancellor’s enterprise zones slow to take off

    George Osborne’s enterprise zones are set to deliver only a fifth of the jobs and companies that were originally...

  16. March 31, 2014

    George Osborne shifts Tory focus to ‘full employment’ in UK

    George Osborne has targeted “full employment” as the goal of a future Conservative government, as he attempts to redirect...

  17. March 31, 2014

    UK businesses tap reserves and bond market to fund growth

    Banks are playing a smaller role in the UK’s economic recovery than expected as companies turn to their own reserves and the...

  18. March 30, 2014

    Britain’s tax take comes up short

    Britain’s public finances are experiencing an economic recovery that is unusually light in revenues, with Financial Times...

  19. March 28, 2014

    Intellectual property: investing in higher education

    Benjamin Franklin once said that “an investment in knowledge pays the best interest”. The structural shifts in higher...

  20. March 27, 2014

    Osborne was forced to favour spenders over savers

    In presenting his Budget, George Osborne, the chancellor of the exchequer, argued that “one of the biggest weaknesses of the...

  21. March 25, 2014

    London and southeast house prices rise above 2008 peak

    UK house prices are rising at the fastest rate in almost four years, according to official figures that show the housing...

  22. Off Message

    March 20, 2014

    Buried in the Budget: 'higher' debt, easier mandate

    In spite of his genuinely radical pensions reforms, George Osborne’s Budget had a familiar underlying theme: austerity will...

  23. March 20, 2014

    IFS criticises George Osborne for Budget ‘bad habits’

    The chancellor is taking risks with his own deficit reduction programme by using temporary measures to finance permanent tax...

  24. March 20, 2014

    Taxes on home buyers to hit 1970s levels

    Tax bills for home buyers will nearly double during the next five years, as rising asset values push up capital taxes to...

  25. March 20, 2014

    CBI survey shows strong domestic demand lifts UK industry

    Activity in the UK manufacturing sector increased in March, driven largely by domestic demand, not exports. Thursday’s CBI...

  26. March 20, 2014

    Osborne hopes Budget will spur savings

    George Osborne said on Thursday he hoped the pensions shake-up and other measures unveiled in the Budget would stimulate a...

  27. March 19, 2014

    Budget 2014: Beware what lies beneath

    Britain’s economy may be recovering quickly but the message from the country’s official fiscal watchdog on Wednesday was to...

  28. March 19, 2014

    UK Budget 2014: Handouts to rich and old paper over a bleak future

    George Osborne, chancellor of the exchequer, has given a highly political Budget focused on benefiting the prosperous and...

  29. March 19, 2014

    Budget 2014: Investment tax allowance doubled and extended

    The UK’s improving performance on business investment has been given a lift by a widening and extending a tax break on...

  30. March 19, 2014

    Budget 2014: How bad are the public finances?

    1. How bad are the public finances? Still terrible. At the start of the 2014-15 financial year in April, George Osborne may...

  31. The A-List

    March 19, 2014

    UK Budget 2014: hope is yet to triumph over doubt

    When an economy enters a prolonged period of lower-than-expected growth, there is bound to be a fight over the spoils. In...

  32. March 19, 2014

    Budget 2014: North Sea oil groups handed tax break

    The chancellor has extended tax allowances in the North Sea in a change that he said would encourage billions of pounds of...

  33. Money Supply

    March 19, 2014

    Understanding the Budget in charts

    Forget George Osborne’s speech; ignore Ed Miliband’s response. Politics does not tell you anything about the nation’s...

  34. March 19, 2014

    Budget 2014: Osborne outlines ‘comply or explain’ cap on welfare

    The cap on overall welfare spending laid out by George Osborne on Wednesday changes little in terms of the known trajectory...

  35. March 19, 2014

    UK Budget 2014: Economic quackery and political humbug

    Has there ever been a chancellor of the exchequer more entranced by the game of politics? Most of George Osborne’s Budget...

  36. March 19, 2014

    Budget 2014: UK’s productivity puzzle casts shadow over recovery

    Osborne’s changing fortune The date was Wednesday March 20 2013. A grim looking George Osborne faced down taunts he had...

  37. March 19, 2014

    UK Budget 2014: Osborne woos the silver-haired and savers

    George Osborne on Wednesday unveiled the biggest pensions revolution for almost a century, in a Budget aimed at savers and...

  38. March 18, 2014

    UK Budget 2014: Main points to watch for

    George Osborne’s penultimate Budget before the next election will be the first since 2010 in which the economic forecasts...

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