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  1. August 21, 2014

    Uncertainty grows over Scotland’s public spending plans

    Scotland’s commitment to giving the elderly free bus travel, students free university education and everyone free...

  2. August 15, 2014

    Be honest about Network Rail’s £34bn debt

    Network Rail, that phoenix from the ashes of Railtrack, was set up as a “not for profit” company. Well, it has certainly...

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  1. August 8, 2014

    Millions face punitive pension exit charges

    Ministers are being urged to prevent millions of savers “trapped” in older, poor-value pensions from facing hefty exit...

  2. August 3, 2014

    Remember the quiet glory of the old soldiers of Whitehall

    It is not often that civil servants from the UK Treasury are described as unsung heroes. But as we remember the outbreak of...

  3. August 1, 2014

    The cure for an overmighty pound

    On the face of it the British economy is having a good year. Its size has surpassed the high point reached before the...

  4. July 22, 2014

    Bank union seen as risk to voice at EU

    Britain and other non-euro states are at risk of losing their influence over financial legislation as single currency...

  5. 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...

  6. July 14, 2014

    Oil companies welcome North Sea tax review

    Oil companies have welcomed the UK government’s announcement on Monday that it is reviewing the North Sea oil tax regime,...

  7. July 7, 2014

    Ingenious Media tells celebrity investors they face tax crackdown

    A string of business leaders, sports stars, entertainers and other investors were told on Monday to prepare for tax demands...

  8. June 26, 2014

    Academic estimates cost of Scottish independence at £600m-£1.5bn

    The academic at the centre of a dispute between London and Edinburgh over the set-up costs of an independent Scotland has...

  9. June 25, 2014

    Booming office rents drive Crown Estate to record profits

    London’s booming office market has helped the Queen’s property portfolio, the Crown Estate, produce record returns of £267m...

  10. June 25, 2014

    UK sukuk bond sale attracts £2bn in orders

    Britain has become the first western country to issue an Islamic bond, attracting orders of more than £2bn from global...

  11. June 20, 2014

    UK recovery fails to boost public finances

    Figures on Britain’s public finances have highlighted an important trend: an increasing reliance for tax revenue on a small...

  12. June 11, 2014

    Army cuts ‘risk increasing Treasury costs’

    Philip Hammond’s scheme to redesign the army was badly planned, unrealistic and may make it difficult for troops to do their...

  13. June 10, 2014

    UK government saves £14bn through efficiency measures

    More than £14bn was saved for the public purse in 2013/14 through measures such as improving commercial contracts and...

  14. June 6, 2014

    Economists doubt benefits of Scottish independence

    Most professional economists are deeply sceptical of claims that Scotland would be better off as an independent nation,...

  15. May 28, 2014

    Oil and gas forecasts reflect gulf between London and Edinburgh

    A £4bn divergence in forecasts for Scottish oil and gas revenues issued by the UK Treasury and the Scottish government on...

  16. May 28, 2014

    Scottish ministers bewilder voters with bad stats

    The Edinburgh Festival of Bad Statistics began on Wednesday with rival performances from two of Scotland’s best-known...

  17. May 28, 2014

    Dispute over economic impact of Scottish independence

    The two sides in the Scottish independence battle unveiled starkly contrasting assessments of the economic costs and...

  18. Nick Butler

    May 28, 2014

    The North Sea’s decline is a problem for the whole of the UK, not just Scotland

    The decline of North Sea oil and gas production continues. The trend is now a problem not just for the Scottish Nationalists...

  19. May 26, 2014

    Independent Scots would ‘start life with strong public finances’

    Edinburgh has vowed it will have the resources to invest in an oil fund from the point of independence, amid a growing UK...

  20. May 24, 2014

    Scots promise of free childcare for working mums ‘doesn’t add up’

    A Scottish government promise to expand free childcare in the event of independence is based on economic analysis that...

  21. May 7, 2014

    UK Treasury to review financial regulators

    The UK financial watchdogs’ enforcement processes are set to come under scrutiny as the Treasury conducts a review into the...

  22. May 1, 2014

    Reed Business Information faces scrutiny over sanctions

    UK authorities have been probing past transactions between a division of Anglo-Dutch publisher Reed Elsevier and Iranian...

  23. April 30, 2014

    UK Treasury steps up drive against Scottish independence

    The UK Treasury is stepping up its drive against Scottish independence with a speech by chief secretary Danny Alexander that...

  24. April 29, 2014

    JLT investors react to Sassoon appointment

    Jardine Lloyd Thompson has suffered an investor revolt over the appointment of former UK Treasury minister Lord Sassoon to...

  25. April 23, 2014

    Deficit reduction is back on track

    George Osborne received a triple boost on Wednesday – the public finances figures showed his deficit reduction programme was...

  26. April 15, 2014

    George Osborne’s secret weapon

    Like most Conservative chancellors, George Osborne believes in cutting taxes. He believes in this principle so ardently that...

  27. April 11, 2014

    Andrea Leadsom given Treasury brief for City

    Andrea Leadsom, a former high-flying banker, has been given Treasury responsibility for the City, as part of a reshuffle of...

  28. FT Alphaville

    April 10, 2014

    Doozer finance

    UK chancellor George Osborne announced on Monday that the Bank of England will initiate a scheme to help support export...

  29. 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...

  30. March 25, 2014

    Treasury pushed Co-op Bank on Lloyds deal, says Paul Flowers

    Paul Flowers, the disgraced former chairman of the Co-operative Bank, said the mutual lender faced “considerable” government...

  31. March 13, 2014

    Unions slam 1% public sector pay rise

    Trade unions threatened industrial action on Thursday as the government announced below inflation pay rises for hundreds of...

  32. March 4, 2014

    EU directive’s costs dwarf savings from UK’s red tape crackdown

    An EU directive will cost British businesses more than £1.2bn annually, dwarfing the amount saved in the past year by the...

  33. March 3, 2014

    Hunt for finance chief to rule mandarins nears end

    The Treasury is sifting candidates for a Whitehall post along the lines of a chief financial officer with the aim of...

  34. February 17, 2014

    Osborne raised hopes on minimum wage despite job fears

    George Osborne raised hopes the national minimum wage could be restored to its pre-recession value of £7 per hour before the...

  35. February 11, 2014

    Treasury keeps open mind on Bank of England deputy role

    The Treasury insists it has no preferred candidate for the soon-to-be vacant role of Bank of England deputy governor for...

  36. Off Message

    February 6, 2014

    Scottish independence: the 30 essential charts

    At times it can seem there are more data released on Scotland and independence than there are caramel wafers made by the...

  37. January 27, 2014

    UK opposes Mario Draghi role at watchdog

    Britain is pushing for Mario Draghi to be stripped of his automatic right to head Europe’s top financial risk watchdog as it...

  38. January 27, 2014

    Exodus of Treasury officials slows despite complaints over pay

    The exodus of Treasury officials during the economic decline has slowed in recent months in spite of widespread pay...

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