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    1. December 19, 2014

      Higher receipts boost public finances

      Higher receipts helped the UK’s public finances improve slightly in November but the Chancellor still faces a tough...

    2. December 18, 2014

      Big pay rise for Osborne aide fuels anger over special advisers

      David Cameron and Nick Clegg are accused of breaking promises to limit spending on ministers’ special advisers after a 17...

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    1. December 18, 2014

      Icelandic bank pays back further £1.36bn

      The UK government has recovered a further £1.36bn of taxpayers’ money, six years after bailing out thousands of British...

    2. December 18, 2014

      Council grant cuts ‘fair’, says coalition

      Local authorities in England and Wales will see their main government grant cut by £2.6bn next year, under plans set out by...

    3. December 17, 2014

      UK ministers unveil science strategy with £6bn spending pledges

      A commitment to spend £6bn building and updating research facilities over the next five years is at the heart of the...

    4. December 17, 2014

      Ed Miliband attacks Conservatives’ ‘1930s vision’

      Ed Miliband has accused the Tories of planning to take Britain “back to the 1930s”, as he ended the political year claiming...

    5. December 17, 2014

      British MPs condemn £10.5bn PFI train deals

      The purchase of new trains costing £10.5bn through two private finance initiative deals transferred all the risk to UK...

    6. December 16, 2014

      UK can no longer afford patchwork constabulary

      In October, the police force of Dyfed-Powys, which stretches from the Welsh borders to the Irish Sea, recorded just three...

    7. December 16, 2014

      UK prime minister rejects radical police reforms

      David Cameron has rejected an idea from Britain’s most senior police officer to cut the number of police forces in England...

    8. December 15, 2014

      Benefits cap cuts welfare bill by only one thousandth

      The cap on the total benefits for any household has cut the UK’s annual welfare bill by only one thousandth, according to an...

    9. December 15, 2014

      Cameron defends plans for cuts as ‘common sense’

      David Cameron has defended Conservative plans for public spending cuts through the next parliament as “sensible and...

    10. December 15, 2014

      Forget immigration, the UK election will be all about the economy

      The first rule of politics is that almost nothing matters. Events, policies, speeches — things that captivate what John...

    11. December 15, 2014

      David Cameron to defend goal of budget surplus in next parliament

      David Cameron will defend Conservative plans to run a budget surplus in the next parliament, in the face of renewed claims...

    12. December 12, 2014

      Dublin frustrated with David Cameron on Northern Ireland deadlock

      A carol service was held inside Parliament Buildings at Stormont as politicians, including the UK and Irish prime ministers,...

    13. December 12, 2014

      UK pension reform has been hyped, says Labour

      The government has come under fire over claims the new state pension will be more generous after a poll suggested that large...

    14. December 12, 2014

      A pundit’s misplaced homage to Wigan Pier

      Talk of fiscal policy is fairly certain to make any radio listener want to switch off. Even an event as dramatic as George...

    15. December 12, 2014

      Councils net £667m in parking charges

      Local councils in England made £667m in profit from parking charges in the last financial year, according to RAC research,...

    16. December 11, 2014

      City fears politicians avoiding hard truths

      Economists complained after Ed Miliband’s speech on the deficit that no UK political party had yet given enough detail on...

    17. December 11, 2014

      Miliband tackles his deficit attention disorder

      Most conference speeches are entirely forgettable. In October, Ed Miliband managed to deliver one that was memorable only...

    18. December 11, 2014

      Tax credits study reveals scale of low pay in local government

      Local government employees are as likely to receive tax credits to top up their incomes as workers in the retail sector,...

    19. December 11, 2014

      The battle over the public finances will define Britain

      Last week’s Autumn Statement marked the beginning of serious campaigning for the British general election due next May....

    20. December 11, 2014

      Miliband sets out plan to tackle deficit

      Ed Miliband has finally confronted his perceived weakness on economic policy in a speech pledging that a Labour government...

    21. December 11, 2014

      Wales Bill foresees Cardiff raising a fifth of its expenditure

      The Wales Bill, which passed its last hurdle in the House of Commons on Wednesday, envisages that by 2020 Cardiff will be...

    22. December 10, 2014

      Ed Balls vows to cut spending to clear UK deficit

      A Labour government will cut unprotected departmental spending every year until the deficit is cleared, the party says,...

    23. December 10, 2014

      Irish and UK leaders aim to break Northern Ireland deadlock

      The Irish and UK prime ministers will arrive in Belfast on Thursday, in an attempt to move the leaders of Northern Ireland’s...

    24. December 9, 2014

      New Scotland Yard sold to Abu Dhabi group for £360m

      London’s Metropolitan Police service has sold its New Scotland Yard headquarters to Abu Dhabi Financial Group for £360m, as...

    25. December 8, 2014

      Coalition suspends ‘war’ to agree deficit plan

      Conservatives and Liberal Democrats will suspend their “war” over future austerity plans this week by publishing a new...

    26. December 8, 2014

      Give up the dogma of the unshrinkable state

      The British state used to have a prices-and-incomes policy. Now it does not. It used to run utilities, airlines and car...

    27. December 5, 2014

      UK MPs back foreign aid target despite anger on right

      MPs have voted to put the UK’s commitment to spend 0.7 per cent of national income on overseas aid into law, despite anger...

    28. 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,...

    29. December 4, 2014

      David Cameron’s foreign aid pledge to cost extra £1bn

      Britain will have to spend almost £1bn more than forecast to be sure of meeting its foreign aid commitments this year and...

    30. December 4, 2014

      Vince Cable’s UK budget concerns expose Lib Dem tensions

      Vince Cable has exposed tensions within the Liberal Democrat leadership over economic policy in the wake of the Autumn...

    31. December 4, 2014

      Spending plans open £27bn gap between UK parties

      George Osborne woke up on Thursday and was soon spluttering into his coffee, as he listened to the BBC’s “totally hyperbolic...

    32. December 4, 2014

      Autumn Statement 2014: Osborne plays down spending cuts fears

      George Osborne and David Cameron have accused the BBC of “hyperbolic” coverage of public spending cuts, prompting a row...

    33. December 3, 2014

      Autumn Statement 2014: Extra spending cuts to balance the books

      The (horrible) public finance numbers were rather much as expected. Far from being largely dealt with, as intended, the...

    34. December 3, 2014

      Autumn Statement 2014: Osborne’s £18bn question

      Forget the $64m question. It was the £18bn conundrum that left economists scratching their heads all afternoon on Wednesday....

    35. December 3, 2014

      Osborne dons populist armour for election campaign

      George Osborne has laid out the battleground for the next election in a populist Autumn Statement targeting banks,...

    36. December 3, 2014

      Autumn Statement: Osborne targets £15bn Whitehall savings

      Whitehall departments will have to find billions more in efficiency savings in the next parliament, George Osborne said on...

    37. December 3, 2014

      NHS chiefs warn on deteriorating finances

      National Health Service finances are deteriorating at an even faster rate than predicted, according to a survey of health...

    38. December 1, 2014

      Will the liberal George Osborne please stand up

      For Samuel Johnson, “the first Whig was the devil”. Eighteenth-century England’s great man of letters had a Tory love of...

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