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  1. July 18, 2014

    Senior Tory calls for central database on pensions

    A senior Tory MP has called on the government to establish a central database which would hold information on consumers’...

  2. June 13, 2014

    Why the FPC should do nothing next week

    In May it was Mark Carney. Last week it was the EU. This week it’s the IMF. For all I know, next week Pope Francis could...

  1. April 28, 2014

    City lawyer’s analysis warns of ‘uncertainty’ threat of EU exit

    Britain’s basic commercial regime would be cast into “uncertainty and doubt” by years or decades of diplomatic wrangling if...

  2. March 27, 2014

    Osborne faces questions over Co-op’s Lloyds bid

    George Osborne is facing fresh questions over whether he put undue pressure on Lloyds Banking Group to sell a portfolio of...

  3. March 10, 2014

    MP Nigel Evans used role to abuse young men, court told

    Nigel Evans, a former deputy Speaker of parliament, used his senior position to abuse young men hoping for a political...

  4. November 6, 2013

    Coalition ‘encouraged’ Co-op Bank to expand in run-up to failure

    The former chairman of the Co-operative Bank has given stark evidence of political interference in a series of deals and...

  5. September 30, 2013

    TNT Post to extend deliveries to Greater Manchester

    TNT Post, the UK’s largest private postal operator, is to extend its delivery service to Greater Manchester in November –...

  6. July 22, 2013

    DWP tells Atos Healthcare to raise standards

    The company that carries out medical assessments of people claiming sickness benefits has been told to improve after 40 per...

  7. July 22, 2013

    UK jobs scheme branded a failure

    The UK coalition government admitted on Monday that a £2,275 wage incentive to tackle youth unemployment had got off to a...

  8. June 27, 2013

    Poor results put squeeze on coalition’s work placement contractors

    Several companies running the government’s £5bn programme to get unemployed people back into work are performing so far...

  9. June 24, 2013

    Employers fail to take up subsidy to hire jobless young people

    The government has been accused of botching a flagship policy to tackle youth unemployment after fresh evidence emerged that...

  10. June 10, 2013

    Ministers postpone releasing data on youth jobs programme

    Ministers have postponed publishing data on a flagship youth jobs programme, sparking claims that the government is hiding...

  11. April 30, 2013

    Poorly performing UK work scheme providers face punishment

    Providers of the government’s welfare-to-work scheme who fail to help enough people find jobs will see their business given...

  12. April 28, 2013

    Revolution comes to town with universal credit pilot

    A market town on the edge of the Pennine hills will on Monday be the focus for the government’s welfare revolution, when a...

  13. March 20, 2013

    Jobcentres try ‘nudging’ the workless

    “Nudge” economics could be coming to jobcentres across the UK as the government tries behavioural techniques to push people...

  14. March 20, 2013

    UK jobs growth shows signs of slowdown

    Recent strength in the UK labour market is showing signs of waning with the jobless total rising, employment growing more...

  15. February 8, 2013

    MPs attack ‘poor’ decisions on claimants

    A Commons spending watchdog has accused the Department of Work and Pensions of getting too many decisions wrong in assessing...

  16. November 27, 2012

    Jobs scheme misses target

    Just two in every 100 unemployed people on the government’s £5bn back-to-work scheme found sustained employment in its first...

  17. Westminster Blog

    November 27, 2012

    Work Programme misses its target by a mile

    Mark Hoban, the employment minister, has just suffered a bit of a torrid press conference with the assorted ranks of the...

  18. November 26, 2012

    Failure expected on Work Programme target

    Fewer than five out of every 100 jobseekers are finding work through the government’s employment scheme, according to...

  19. November 20, 2012

    Progress seen in assessing work capability

    The coalition is making slow progress on improving assessment of people’s fitness to work but there have been some changes...

  20. November 13, 2012

    Government ready to delay welfare reform

    The government is prepared to delay its flagship welfare reform amid fears the complex changes may need to be more...

  21. October 17, 2012

    Part-timers push employment to UK high

    The number of people in work in the UK soared to its highest level since records began in 1971 in the three months to August...

  22. October 3, 2012

    City minister promotes tough rules to EU

    The EU should stand firm and enact tough laws on market abuse, including hefty fines for wrongdoing, the new UK City...

  23. September 12, 2012

    UK employment highest in four years

    The number of people in work has risen to its highest since May 2008, back almost to its pre-crisis peak, while the...

  24. August 1, 2012

    New resolution powers proposed for BoE

    The Bank of England would be given broad new powers to stabilise or wind up clearing houses and large investment managers...

  25. June 20, 2012

    UK official warns on Mifid over-reach

    A UK government minister will warn that proposals for incoming new regulation of European markets risk shutting off the...

  26. June 14, 2012

    Two cheers for Britain’s bank reform plans

    How well is the government planning to implement the proposals of the Independent Commission on Banking, chaired by Sir John...

  27. June 10, 2012

    Last chance to get finance reforms right

    The Treasury’s last attempt at shaking up Britain’s financial regulatory regime was not a great success. “It failed its...

  28. FT Alphaville

    April 27, 2012

    The EU budget: no solidarity during austerity

    Earlier this week the European Commission’s proposed a whooping 6.8 per cent increase for next year’s EU budget. Cue outrage...

  29. April 23, 2012

    Osborne’s Bank of England plan criticised

    George Osborne returned to the Commons on Monday after a month of criticism of his Budget, only to walk into fresh attacks...

  30. April 16, 2012

    UK warns over potential Mifid barrier

    The UK has fired a warning shot in the battle to determine sweeping new regulation of European markets by cautioning that...

  31. February 10, 2012

    Banks under fire over Project Merlin

    The UK’s five main banks have come under fire for missing their Project Merlin target for lending to smaller businesses by...

  32. January 13, 2012

    Aon to relocate headquarters to London

    Aon is to become the first ever US S&P 500 company to become domiciled in the UK after the insurance broker unveiled plans...

  33. December 23, 2011

    ‘Excessive’ surcharges on card purchases to be banned

    Airlines and online retailers are to be banned from levying “excessive” and opaque surcharges on card purchases next year,...

  34. December 8, 2011

    Equality set to cost female drivers £900m

    Women could pay £900m more collectively for their car insurance and men £600m less each year when the UK introduces...

  35. December 6, 2011

    City pay pressure rises for banks

    Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase and other leading international banks may be forced to reveal the pay of their top...

  36. December 6, 2011

    Tax boost for Isa investors in failed banks

    Savers who hold Individual Savings Accounts (Isas) with banks that fail will retain the tax-free status of their money, and...

  37. November 21, 2011

    Minister sidesteps criticism of Virgin deal

    The City minister on Monday sidestepped criticism that the unusual structure of Virgin Money’s bid for Northern Rock had...

  38. November 19, 2011

    EU agrees 2012 ‘austerity budget’

    The European Union’s annual budget will increase 2.02 per cent next year to €129bn, after negotiators representing the...

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