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      May 24, 2016

      'Poor start': UK borrowing revised up by £2bn

      UK government borrowing for the year to the end of March has been revised up by £2bn to £76bn, meaning the government...

    2. April 21, 2016

      UK misses borrowing target a month after it was set

      The government has missed its borrowing target for the year just a month after it was set. For the financial year...

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    1. Fast FT

      April 21, 2016

      UK government overshoots borrowing forecasts by £1.8bn

      UK public sector borrowing has shot past forecasts from the Office for Budget Responsibility, to the tune of £1.8bn....

    2. April 19, 2016

      UK insurer Prudential closer to £100m refund in marathon tax case

      Prudential came a step closer to securing a tax refund of more than £100m on Tuesday in the latest round of the UK...

    3. Fast FT

      April 14, 2016

      Bank of England again votes 9-0 to hold rates

      All nine members of the Bank of England’s rate-setting monetary policy committee have once again voted to hold interest...

    4. April 7, 2016

      UK productivity falls by most since financial crisis

      Productivity in Britain has deteriorated by the most since the financial crisis, adding to concerns about the economy’s...

    5. March 22, 2016

      Pressure mounts on Osborne as UK borrowing worse than expected

      George Osborne’s chances of meeting one of his public finance targets for this year receded after borrowing fell less...

    6. March 17, 2016

      IFS warns on dark outlook for public finances

      If economic forecasts deteriorate again, George Osborne will break all his budgetary rules and will not be able to...

    7. Fast FT

      March 17, 2016

      Osborne's chances of meeting rule 'only just higher than 50-50'

      George Osborne’s chances of meeting the last of his three fiscal rules are “only just the right side of 50-50″ having...

    8. Fast FT

      March 17, 2016

      Bank of England’s MPC votes 9-0 again

      All nine members of the Bank of England’s rate-setting monetary policy committee have again voted to keep interest...

    9. March 17, 2016

      George Osborne offsets bitter prospects with dose of sweeteners

      George Osborne offset the bitter taste of a Budget overshadowed by a worsening economic outlook with a flurry of...

    10. March 16, 2016

      Future of public finances looks certain to change

      Hemmed in by ugly economic forecasts, George Osborne still wanted to remind Britain that his Tory government was on...

    11. March 16, 2016

      Brexiters attack ‘perfunctory scare story’ in speech

      George Osborne triggered a row with his party’s Eurosceptics by mentioning the economic impact of leaving the EU in his...

    12. March 16, 2016

      Chancellor George Osborne is in traps of his own devising

      What was the purpose of Wednesday’s Budget announcements? One aim was to escape the painful implications of the Office...

    13. March 16, 2016

      A dose of chutzpah papers over the cracks

      There are times in the life of any chancellor when only a good dose of chutzpah will do. On Wednesday, George Osborne...

    14. March 16, 2016

      Economists’ views on the Budget: Jagjit Chadha

      The level of misunderstanding about fiscal rules puzzles me. Rules work as follows: we make a plan, if we receive a...

    15. March 16, 2016

      Budget 2016: bleak outlook for economy as productivity downgraded

      Britain’s economy is smaller and weaker than previously thought, judged the nation’s economic watchdog in an...

    16. March 16, 2016

      Government plan to raise £29bn from RBS stake hit by share price

      Government plan to raise nearly £29bn over the next five years from the sale of Royal Bank of Scotland shares have been...

    17. Westminster Blog

      March 16, 2016

      Budget day 2016 - as it happened

      This Live Blog session closed at 16:34 on 16 Mar 2016. George Osborne’s eighth Budget comes at a time of slowing...

    18. The Exchange

      March 16, 2016

      Osborne's 2016 Budget shows the weakness of his rules

      When it comes to fiscal policy, it seems there are only rules, damned rules and statistics. Like so many of his...

    19. March 16, 2016

      How do Osborne’s Budget sums add up?

      Faced with pretty horrible economic forecasts from the Office for Budget Responsibility, George Osborne has broken two...

    20. Fast FT

      March 16, 2016

      UK budget 2016 - key points

      A surprise “sugar tax” on soft drinks will likely grab newspaper headlines tomorrow morning but here is a run-down of...

    21. Fast FT

      March 16, 2016

      UK Budget: economists react

      Chancellor George Osborne has concluded his 2016 Budget speech, and economists have started sharing their thoughts....

    22. March 16, 2016

      Budget 2016: summary and highlights

      George Osborne said the government was presenting a Budget that would focus on the long term, “put the next generation...

    23. Fast FT

      March 16, 2016

      UK Budget: A sugary rabbit from the hat

      …and the Budget rabbit from the hat is: A sugar tax, and a victory for chef/campaigner Jamie Oliver. In the Budget,...

    24. Fast FT

      March 16, 2016

      UK borrowing to be higher than expected over next 3 years

      George Osborne will defy critics to meet his borrowing forecast for this year and stressed that the UK will still...

    25. Fast FT

      March 16, 2016

      Sterling stuck at 2-week low ahead of Budget

      Sterling has picked up from where it left off yesterday, sliding further against its US counterpart. The Queen’s pound...

    26. March 13, 2016

      Budget calculations Chancellor George Osborne must make

      Contrary to popular tradition, the best way to predict what will be in a chancellor’s Budget is not to sift through...

    27. March 11, 2016

      Osborne confronted by £18bn black hole in public finances

      George Osborne faces an £18bn black hole that has opened up in the economy since November compelling him to tighten the...

    28. Fast FT

      March 7, 2016

      UK Budget: growth down, borrowing up - BAML

      UK chancellor George Osborne is preparing to present his Budget in just over a week’s time and already the predictions...

    29. March 3, 2016

      UK wine tax to top £4bn for the first time

      Cheers, George! British drinkers already pay 55 per cent to the taxman on the average bottle of wine. So fizz and...

    30. March 3, 2016

      MPs raise alarm on green energy subsidy cuts

      A series of short-sighted and contradictory policy shifts has put billions of pounds of investment in the UK’s energy...

    31. March 1, 2016

      Osborne says £8bn rise in tax take justifies cut to highest rate

      George Osborne has hailed a £8bn rise in tax revenues from the UK's highest earners as a vindication of his decision to...

    32. February 22, 2016

      Stronger rules urged to protect OBR’s role

      The rules of engagement between government departments and the Office for Budget Responsibility must be strengthened to...

    33. February 19, 2016

      UK borrowing target on a knife edge

      Even though Britain has recorded its biggest surplus for January since 2008, George Osborne is likely to present next...

    34. Fast FT

      February 19, 2016

      UK government finances record £11.2bn January surplus

      George Osborne’s chances of meeting his fiscal targets for the year are on a knife edge, despite a surge in income-tax...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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