Search for UK government spending and
    1. May 26, 2016

      Public services experts blame strains on money, not migrants

      Many leading experts on Britain’s strained public services could barely be clearer — they consider that the wave of...

    2. May 24, 2016

      Osborne misses borrowing target by £4bn

      George Osborne’s plan to fix the public finances has had a disappointing start to the year as the slowing economic...

    Special Reports

    1. Investing in Young People

      With a third of the world’s 200m unemployed under the age of 25, FT writers examine th...
    2. The World 2012

      Confronting an age of austerity...
    Search more Special Reports on this topic.

    1. May 24, 2016

      Serious Fraud Office hurt by reliance on ‘blockbuster funding’

      The UK’s anti-fraud agency would be more effective if its budget were increased and it were less reliant on irregular...

    2. May 3, 2016

      NHS funding plans are ‘fantasy’ says doctors’ union

      The head of the British Medical Association has accused George Osborne of “fantasy” funding claims, insisting that the...

    3. April 27, 2016

      The junior doctors’ strike explained in one chart

      A dispute over a new NHS working contract for junior doctors has resulted in the first full withdrawal of labour in the...

    4. April 27, 2016

      OECD issues damning report on effect of Brexit

      George Osborne, UK chancellor, received another significant economic endorsement for his campaign to remain in the EU...

    5. April 22, 2016

      Whitehall spending on temporary staff rises up to 90%

      A cash-strapped Whitehall has increased spending on temporary staff by up to 90 per cent over the past five years, even...

    6. April 21, 2016

      British government eyes equity stake in Tata Steel

      The government is prepared to re-nationalise up to a quarter of Tata Steel and to provide “hundreds of millions of...

    7. April 21, 2016

      UK misses borrowing target a month after it was set

      The government has missed its borrowing target for the year just a month after it was set. For the financial year...

    8. April 21, 2016

      GPs handed extra £2.4bn of NHS funding by 2020-21

      GP practices will be given a further £2.4bn a year to cope with the burden of an ageing population and to alleviate...

    9. April 4, 2016

      GPs and hospitals face £60m rent rise

      Health services in England face £60m a year of additional rent bills under changes announced by the NHS’s property...

    10. April 4, 2016

      Flood Re expects 350,000 properties to be put into scheme

      Homeowners in the affluent south-east of England will be the biggest beneficiaries of a new insurance scheme funded by...

    11. March 31, 2016

      The welfare state is a piggy bank for life

      How is the “welfare state” to be justified? The usual answer is that it is a way for the well-off to help the less...

    12. March 30, 2016

      Government must drop dogma to save UK steel

      The decision by Tata’s board to sell off its British steel business is a nightmare for the UK government. The...

    13. March 25, 2016

      Corbyn backs teachers in fight against academy schools

      Jeremy Corbyn on Friday promised to work with teachers to oppose government plans for all schools to become academies,...

    14. March 24, 2016

      Osborne fights back after Budget battering

      George Osborne on Thursday tried to draw a line under the disastrous political unravelling of his Budget, turning his...

    15. March 22, 2016

      Osborne seeks to limit damage after cuts ‘mistake’

      George Osborne fought to save his chancellorship on Tuesday, admitting he had made “a mistake” in trying to cut...

    16. March 22, 2016

      Pressure mounts on Osborne as UK borrowing worse than expected

      George Osborne’s chances of meeting one of his public finance targets for this year receded after borrowing fell less...

    17. March 20, 2016

      Uncomfortable truths of George Osborne’s fiscal policy

      Iain Duncan Smith once described himself as the quiet man of British politics. After his tumultuous resignation as work...

    18. March 18, 2016

      Disability benefits row sparks Conservative blame game

      George Osborne had hoped to use his spring Budget as the moment to calm Tory nerves after weeks of infighting over...

    19. March 18, 2016

      A disability benefits U-turn will damage Osborne’s reputation

      A Budget often unravels a day or two after it has been delivered and this year’s has been no different. George...

    20. March 17, 2016

      IFS warns on dark outlook for public finances

      If economic forecasts deteriorate again, George Osborne will break all his budgetary rules and will not be able to...

    21. March 16, 2016

      Osborne’s shrinking of state continues apace with Budget

      Just a year ago, George Osborne used his Budget speech to emphasise a slackening of austerity; Wednesday’s statement...

    22. March 16, 2016

      A gloomy outlook puts Osborne back on the defensive

      The winds of fate have blown George Osborne this way and that during his time as chancellor. He had to endure the storm...

    23. March 16, 2016

      Osborne targets the next generation in his 2016 Budget

      The political elements were as notable as the economics in George Osborne’s eighth Budget. The growth and borrowing...

    24. March 15, 2016

      Osborne under pressure to deliver infrastructure renaissance

      George Osborne will claim this week to be backing “the largest programme of rail investment since the Victorian age”,...

    25. March 13, 2016

      Osborne eyes £4bn in spending cuts in Budget to tackle growing black hole

      George Osborne will this week try to plug the hole in the public finances with £4bn of new spending cuts and a series...

    26. March 13, 2016

      Budget 2016: Osborne announces billions in further cuts to public spending

      George Osborne has announced further cuts worth billions of pounds from government spending by 2020, after warning that...

    27. March 9, 2016

      Oil’s collapse blows a hole in Scotland’s finances

      If Scotland had voted to leave the UK in the 2014 referendum, it would be a fortnight away from the target date the...

    28. March 9, 2016

      Oil prices hit Scotland’s tax takings

      Scotland’s tax revenues per person have fallen below the UK average for the first time in more than three decades,...

    29. March 9, 2016

      Welfare reform: Merthyr Tydfil struggles but shows signs of life

      Its last mine closed more than 30 years ago but Merthyr Tydfil, in the valleys of south Wales, is still struggling to...

    30. March 9, 2016

      Welfare reform: affluent Guildford immune to benefit cuts

      Surrounded by glittering shelves of rings, necklaces and silverware, Harry Diamond says his luxury jewellery business...

    31. March 9, 2016

      Welfare reform: resilient Blackpool braced for round two of cuts

      Once politicians decamped annually to Blackpool to commune with their party faithful at the Winter Gardens, the famous...

    32. March 7, 2016

      Government ‘wasting billions on procurement’

      The British government is “wasting billions of pounds on procurement” because it does not know how much it spends on...

    33. March 4, 2016

      George Osborne’s desire to cut UK spending makes little sense

      George Osborne wants to burnish his image as an iron chancellor of the exchequer. He has already committed to achieving...

    34. February 26, 2016

      Osborne warns on fresh spending cuts in Budget

      Britain is facing a new round of spending cuts in next month’s Budget, George Osborne has warned, following “new...

    35. February 23, 2016

      UK and Scotland seal funding deal

      The Scottish and UK governments have sealed a deal over future funding arrangements that had threatened to delay the...

    36. February 11, 2016

      Productivity in NHS hospitals falls for third year

      Productivity in NHS hospitals has fallen for the third year running, according to official data that will intensify the...

    37. February 9, 2016

      Osborne can afford to wait for a budget surplus

      George Osborne has staked his political future on restoring order to Britain’s public finances. His own measure of...

    38. February 8, 2016

      PM’s ambitions put him at odds with Osborne

      The Green Budget produced by the Institute for Fiscal Studies shows how David Cameron’s political ambitions for a...

    Search for UK government spending and