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  1. July 10, 2014

    UK fiscal watchdog cuts North Sea oil revenue forecast

    The UK’s Office for Budget Responsibility has dealt a blow to Scottish independence campaigners, cutting its expectations...

  2. 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...

  1. March 19, 2014

    UK Budget 2014: Osborne is no longer in charge of his own fate

    The FT’s A-List The A-List provides timely, insightful comment on the topics that matter, from globally renowned leaders,...

  2. January 14, 2014

    Budget watchdog warns on immigration curbs

    The UK government would weaken the public finances if it kept its promise to cut net migration into the country to fewer...

  3. December 5, 2013

    Autumn Statement 2013: Surge in growth hides long-term flaws

    The UK economy is expected to grow much faster than previously thought, after the fiscal watchdog unveiled the biggest...

  4. Money Supply

    December 5, 2013

    The 8 things you need to know about the Autumn Statement - in charts

    Understanding the significance of George Osborne’s Autumn Statement is complicated by political posturing. These eight...

  5. November 20, 2013

    Accurate economic forecasts suit Osborne – for once

    Economic forecasting is all about choices, and the most important judgments are currently under discussion at the...

  6. October 11, 2013

    Osborne says recovery will not fund tax sweeteners

    The UK’s economic recovery will not provide a pot of money for tax sweeteners in the Autumn Statement, which is to be made...

  7. September 22, 2013

    Labour conference: Ed Balls challenges Tory claims of profligacy

    Ed Balls will try to head off Conservative attacks on Labour “profligacy” by announcing that he has asked Whitehall’s fiscal...

  8. April 30, 2013

    Chris Giles: hard to find a free lunch in the tax restaurant

    Economics generally fails to offer free lunches, but politicians are always on the lookout for the few times that one might...

  9. March 27, 2013

    How to ‘plog’ the hole in our awful public finances

    Far from riding to the rescue of Britain’s feeble economy, Mark Carney, the incoming governor of the Bank of England, will...

  10. March 26, 2013

    Mortgage plans ‘risk driving up prices’

    Britain’s fiscal watchdog has challenged chancellor George Osborne’s claims that his new mortgage guarantee scheme, the...

  11. March 20, 2013

    Osborne path to recovery fails to convince

    Tossed around in an angry sea of bad forecasts, George Osborne had to answer two big questions in his Budget: why is...

  12. March 8, 2013

    OBR hits back at Cameron on austerity

    David Cameron has been rebuked by his own budget watchdog for trying to spin his way out of economic difficulty, after the...

  13. FT Alphaville

    March 8, 2013

    He isn’t the Prime Minister, he’s a very naughty economist

    (This is getting to be a genre.) Robert Chote, head of the Office for Budget Responsibility – the UK’s independent fiscal...

  14. December 11, 2012

    OBR denies making life easy for Osborne

    The head of the UK’s fiscal watchdog has fiercely defended its independence after accusations that it manipulated its...

  15. December 5, 2012

    Rating threat over poor UK growth

    Britain will prolong its austerity drive until 2018 as the country’s independent budget watchdog slashed its economic growth...

  16. December 5, 2012

    Fiscal watchdog slashes UK forecasts

    The Office for Budget Responsibility on Wednesday took a scythe to its growth forecasts and ruled out all hope of a sharp...

  17. October 16, 2012

    Stagnation not due to austerity, says OBR

    Deficit reduction is not the main cause of weak economic performance over the past two years, Britain’s official fiscal...

  18. October 7, 2012

    Bad news forecast for chancellor

    Economic forecasting models are extremely large and complex beasts. But their most important results rely on a small number...

  19. August 3, 2012

    The new British establishment

    I left Britain 10 years ago, because I’d bought a flat in Paris for next to nothing. The Olympics are my longest stretch...

  20. April 18, 2012

    MPs to mount fresh attack on Budget

    George Osborne’s Budget comes under renewed fire on Wednesday, as a group of senior MPs criticised the chancellor on a range...

  21. March 21, 2012

    OBR fears for levels of business investment

    Britain’s economy will grow marginally more quickly in 2012 than had been believed in November but the composition of growth...

  22. Money Supply

    March 1, 2012

    BoE: great speech marred by Bank secrecy

    Martin Weale, one of the external members of the Monetary Policy Committee, delivered an excellent speech last night on the...

  23. December 8, 2011

    Mind the gap: the perils of forecasting output

    The Office for Budgetary Responsibility is a welcome innovation within the UK policymaking framework. Too often governments...

  24. December 6, 2011

    OBR chief explains reasons for downgrade

    The independent forecasting arm of the Treasury said on Tuesday it had sharply downgraded its outlook for the economy in...

  25. November 30, 2011

    Reasons to be cheerful, one, two, three ...

    Probably the most irritating words anyone can utter when you are in a grump are, “Smile, it might never happen”. But this...

  26. November 29, 2011

    OBR forecasts pile on the pain for chancellor

    Britain’s deteriorating public finances are underpinned by an economy that is more anaemic and further from recovery than...

  27. November 28, 2011

    UK faces bigger financial black hole

    George Osborne, the chancellor, will be forced to admit that the black hole in UK public finances has increased by almost...

  28. November 28, 2011

    Gloom on growth prompts talk of fresh cuts

    George Osborne will set out his national plan for growth in the autumn statement at the same time as the chancellor’s fiscal...

  29. October 16, 2011

    Treasury launches probe into crisis response

    The Treasury is seeking to learn lessons from its stuttering initial response to the financial crisis in an internal review...

  30. FT Alphaville

    September 22, 2011

    Pink picks

    Comment, analysis and other offerings in Thursday’s FT, Charles Dumas: Spain, not Greece, may be biggest eurozone threat ...

  31. September 21, 2011

    Economists query potential for rapid recovery

    Two of Britain’s leading economic officials raised doubts on Wednesday over the potential for rapid recovery as the Bank of...

  32. September 18, 2011

    £12bn hole in UK public finances

    Ministers are set to be told this autumn that a £12bn black hole has opened in the public finances, in a forecast that...

  33. September 18, 2011

    Spare capacity doubt clouds growth picture

    An estimate of spare capacity lies at the heart of any decent economic forecast. It is fundamental to predicting economic...

  34. August 5, 2011

    Economy Watch: The guns of August blaze

    Gideon Rachman, this newspaper’s chief foreign affairs commentator, told readers this week with uncanny prescience to beware...

  35. August 4, 2011

    OBR rethink adds pressure on Osborne

    Robert Chote, the chairman of the UK’s fiscal watchdog, has acknowledged that the UK is unlikely to hit its target of 1.7...

  36. August 4, 2011

    OBR chief warns on UK growth target

    The UK is unlikely to hit its target of 1.7 per cent growth this year, according to the head of the country’s independent...

  37. July 13, 2011

    OBR warns of need for more austerity

    Further sizeable tax rises or public spending cuts will be needed after 2016-17 to cope with the strains on the public...

  38. May 27, 2011

    Glencore appetite reaches Bradford

    Details of Glencore’s list of shareholders have begun to emerge, with some unexpected names. The Treasury of the Isle of Man...

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