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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

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    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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. January 24, 2014

    UK pay-offs to gag staff ‘outrageous’, say MPs

    Public sector organisations are spending tens of millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money in “outrageous” attempts to conceal...

  12. January 12, 2014

    Treasury gives debt pledge on Scotland

    The UK Treasury will on Monday assume full responsibility for Britain’s £1.2tn debt stock in the event of Scottish...

  13. December 26, 2013

    UK councils are allowed to rebuild housing ambitions

    Local councils’ renewed enthusiasm for property development has been triggered by the abolition of an arcane formula at HM...

  14. December 26, 2013

    Treasury plans to allow cheques to be paid via smartphone

    Plans to allow cheques to be paid into banks by smartphone are set to cut processing times from six to two days, the...

  15. December 15, 2013

    Osborne joins a futile quest for the holy grail of economics

    When I joined the Financial Times, Britain’s Treasury was convinced it had found the holy grail of economic policy. As long...

  16. December 15, 2013

    Treasury on hunt in boardrooms for Whitehall finance chief

    The Treasury is poised to scour the nation’s boardrooms as it searches for a new finance chief able to inject...

  17. December 12, 2013

    Britain is growing – this is no time for a stimulus

    One of the better permanent secretaries of HM Treasury, the late Douglas Allen, used to respond to requests for more...

  18. December 2, 2013

    UK’s families are benefiting from recovery, Treasury says

    The tight link between economic growth and employee compensation has not broken, the Treasury has concluded in a briefing...

  19. November 28, 2013

    Funding for Lending move signals BoE is ready for normality

    The Bank of England has sent its strongest signal to date that the British economy is ready to start moving away from...

  20. November 28, 2013

    Carney knocks back Treasury on BoE powers to quell housing bubble

    Mark Carney has made clear that the Bank of England could act at any time to sound the alarm if it believes that the new...

  21. November 25, 2013

    George Osborne defends Treasury’s role in Co-op bid for Lloyds branches

    George Osborne has defended the government’s role in the doomed Co-op Bank takeover of 630 Lloyds branches, insisting “the...

  22. November 22, 2013

    Treasury orders Co-op inquiry

    The Treasury has ordered an independent investigation into events at the Co-op Bank and the circumstances surrounding them....

  23. November 21, 2013

    Treasury should have spotted Co-op weakness says Davis

    The Treasury has been accused by a senior Tory MP of missing warnings that the Co-op bank’s bid to buy 630 Lloyds bank...

  24. October 30, 2013

    Sharon White is first woman named Treasury permanent secretary

    Sharon White has become the first woman – and the first black person – to be appointed as a permanent secretary at the...

  25. October 21, 2013

    Treasury to unveil fresh list of big projects

    A £300m biomass plant in Avonmouth, a £400m gas storage facility in Northern Ireland and a large wind farm in Scotland are...

  26. October 6, 2013

    Obituary: Sir David Hancock, civil servant with eye for fiscal policy

    Sir David Hancock, who has died aged 79, had a distinguished career in the civil service, which saw him rise steadily...

  27. September 3, 2013

    Treasury chief warns ‘no blank cheque’ for high-speed rail link

    The most senior civil servant in the Treasury has warned there is no “blank cheque” for High Speed 2, suggesting the...

  28. September 2, 2013

    ‘Yes’ vote would cost Scotland billions, says Treasury

    An independent Scotland could be 4 per cent poorer in 30 years’ time than if it stayed in the UK, a Treasury report to be...

  29. August 14, 2013

    Tories and Lib Dems hand £500,000 will donation to Treasury

    The Liberal Democrats and Conservatives will use the more than £500,000 donation given in the will of a former nurse to pay...

  30. August 4, 2013

    Treasury officials seek an exit from Help to Buy scheme

    Insurers would take on £12bn worth of government-backed mortgages under plans being considered by Treasury officials as they...

  31. July 30, 2013

    UK Treasury cuts bonuses for employees

    The Treasury cut employee bonuses last year, despite high staff turnover and deepening dissatisfaction with pay at the...

  32. July 28, 2013

    Treasury pledges extra £2m for Barclays probe

    The UK Treasury is expected to pledge special “blockbuster” funding to the Serious Fraud Office to back its investigation...

  33. July 26, 2013

    Treasury criticised over Equitable payments

    The Treasury has been told to “get its act together” and track down hundreds of thousands of savers entitled to compensation...

  34. July 23, 2013

    Housebuilders urged to build more homes to prevent price bubble

    The Treasury has put pressure on housebuilders to increase production amid growing concerns that the government’s Help to...

  35. July 23, 2013

    What is ‘subprime’ about George Osborne’s Help to Buy scheme?

    George Osborne’s Help to Buy scheme stands accused of offering “what are in effect, subprime loans” and repeating mistakes...

  36. July 18, 2013

    A sovereign wealth fund can save the UK from market meltdown

    Ben Bernanke suggested in June that the pace of quantitative easing might slow by the end of the year. Global markets...

  37. July 18, 2013

    CBI calls for business tax concessions to stimulate growth

    Major infrastructure projects such as airports, roads and hospitals are hampered by “one of the least generous capital...

  38. July 8, 2013

    MPs cast doubt on UK Treasury’s resolve

    George Osborne’s promise of tough action to “enhance the soundness and stability of the banking sector” was called into...

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