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    1. Westminster Blog

      December 5, 2014

      How Osborne's giveaways were overshadowed by gruesome borrowing figures

      There was a touch of swagger about George Osborne on Wednesday as he told the country he had created a “strong” economy and...

    2. December 5, 2014

      Stamp duty now merely a ‘bad’ tax

      Britain’s stamp duty regime will continue to distort the housing market in spite of radical reforms unveiled by George...

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    1. December 4, 2014

      Think-tank criticises George Osborne’s ‘bad habits’ on tax

      George Osborne has flattered the public finances by using a temporary tax increase for banks to finance permanent tax cuts,...

    2. December 3, 2014

      Autumn Statement 2014: Tax receipts fall short of forecasts

      The fragility of the public finances was underlined on Wednesday by official forecasts suggesting that the tax-to-GDP ratio...

    3. November 16, 2014

      Cameron says future Tory government would cut income tax

      David Cameron has insisted that a future Tory government would cut income tax and has “no plans” to raise VAT to fund the...

    4. July 24, 2014

      Why tax systems are trickier than Martian algebra

      Tax is a divisive subject but everyone seems to agree on one point: taxes are too complicated and should be simpler....

    5. May 13, 2014

      Chancellors make tax complicated and inefficient, says IFS chief

      George Osborne and his predecessors are accused of making the tax system “more complicated, less efficient and less...

    6. 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...

    7. March 19, 2014

      Budget 2014: Economists’ views

      Paul Johnson, Institute for Fiscal Studies This Budget will be remembered for some radical changes to the taxation of...

    8. December 6, 2013

      Autumn Statement 2013: ‘Little left to squeeze’ warns IFS

      There will soon be little “left to squeeze” in the public sector, the Institute for Fiscal Studies has warned ministers. The...

    9. October 7, 2013

      Scottish engineering innovation leads global oil industry

      The North Sea presents oil producers with some of their biggest challenges. Aside from conditions on the surface – churning...

    10. June 27, 2013

      Osborne criticised for ‘woeful’ delivery

      The UK’s leading think-tank on fiscal policy has criticised the chancellor of the exchequer for the “woeful” presentation of...

    11. June 26, 2013

      IFS chief warns of UK tax rises ahead

      The British government is likely to raise taxes after the next election as it struggles to cut public spending further, the...

    12. May 16, 2013

      Statistics watchdog announces review of inflation measure

      The UK Statistics Authority announced a fundamental review of the measurement of inflation on Thursday, following its...

    13. February 6, 2013

      Spending cuts will change UK, says IFS

      Government plans to slash departmental spending after the election look “very hard to deliver” and would dramatically change...

    14. January 8, 2013

      Tories turn heat on better-off pensioners

      Britain’s wealthy pensioners will no longer be insulated against the full force of austerity measures after the next...

    15. December 10, 2012

      Warning on cost of ‘shares for rights’

      George Osborne’s “shares for workers’ rights” initiative could end up costing Britain £1bn a year in lost revenues, the...

    16. December 6, 2012

      Tax warning over ‘inconceivable’ cuts

      The next government is likely to raise taxes because the spending cuts pencilled in by George Osborne in his Autumn...

    17. October 31, 2012

      Urgent action urged for middle earners

      Action must be taken to raise wages and help people stay in, or re-enter, the labour market if a protracted period of...

    18. June 26, 2012

      Bigger bill ahead for care of elderly

      Working age households face an even larger burden of supporting pensioners than previously expected, even though pensioners...

    19. June 15, 2012

      IFS finds sharp fall in median income

      The largest one-year fall in median income since 1981 has been revealed in an analysis of data covering 2010-11 which...

    20. June 4, 2012

      Jubilee marks a better-off Britain

      The monarchy’s approval rating is at its highest in decades. But with real incomes falling and unemployment rising, does the...

    21. March 22, 2012

      Pensioners’ howls of protest shouted down

      Economists and social policy experts rejected pensioners’ howls of protest over the Budget on Thursday, saying that an...

    22. March 22, 2012

      Think-tank questions revenue assumptions

      George Osborne’s Budget was branded a “hotchpotch of reforms” by an influential think-tank, which said some of his revenue...

    23. March 22, 2012

      IFS warns on borrowing forecast

      George Osborne’s Budget may be less fiscally neutral than was intended, a respected think tank claimed on Thursday, because...

    24. March 22, 2012

      Osborne defends move on pensioners

      George Osborne, the UK chancellor, on Thursday defended his decision to increase the tax burden on pensioners by freezing...

    25. March 15, 2012

      Why quantitative easing is the only game in town

      The onus of UK macroeconomic policy falls on the Bank of England. George Osborne, chancellor of the exchequer, has nailed...

    26. March 14, 2012

      Taxing tycoons and mansions is not a strategy

      Tax mansions, not income. Tax tycoons, not low-paid workers. Abolish the 50p rate. Restrict pension tax relief. As the...

    27. February 1, 2012

      IFS warns on scale of spending cuts

      Britain faces spending cuts “almost without historical or international precedent” over the next few years and, painful as...

    28. January 12, 2012

      Economics emerges as central to Scotland’s future

      With his remarks questioning the currency arrangements of an independent Scotland, George Osborne has laid bare the central...

    29. November 30, 2011

      Spotlight falls on Osborne’s forecaster

      Two days ago, the Office for Budget Responsibility was largely ignored by the public, the City and the media. Its anodyne...

    30. November 30, 2011

      Privations unlike any seen for 60 years

      The privations facing Britain during a lengthening period of austerity were rammed home in the cold hard numbers presented...

    31. FT Alphaville

      September 14, 2011

      Pink picks

      Comment, analysis and other offerings from Wednesday’s FT, Martin Wolf: Time for Germany to make its fateful choice...

    32. September 14, 2011

      IFS hits at ‘frequently unfair’ tax system

      The Treasury should be held to account for a tax system that is “inefficient, overly complex and frequently unfair”, the...

    33. September 13, 2011

      Avoid 50p distraction to fix broken tax regime

      The past week has seen much debate over the 50p rate of income tax. Tax debates often focus on these single, totemic issues...

    34. September 7, 2011

      Q&A: The 50p tax debate

      What is the evidence to suggest that the 50p tax rate should be scrapped? The 20 high profile economists who voiced their...

    35. August 1, 2011

      Ministers urged to cap pension charges

      Ministers should impose a cap on charges for private pensions and focus on how to get employers and employees to contribute...

    36. July 24, 2011

      Ministers play down Olympics boost

      Ministers are playing down expectations that the 2012 Olympic games will provide a substantial economic stimulus to the UK...

    37. June 5, 2011

      Osborne rejects clamour for Plan B

      Chancellor George Osborne issued a trenchant defence of his deficit-reduction plan on Monday, arguing that it was the “rock”...

    38. May 13, 2011

      Top earners enjoy big pay rises

      Labour’s last year in power saw the largest increase in take-home pay by top earning households since 2001 – exaggerating a...

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