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    1. July 24, 2016

      High court to rule on £7bn nuclear clean-up contract

      Britain’s Nuclear Decommissioning Authority is in the High Court this week for the final ruling in a long-running...

    2. July 22, 2016

      UK to spend £6m teaching English to public sector workers

      The government has said it will spend almost £6m to make sure medical staff and other frontline public servants are...

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    1. July 22, 2016

      Funding concerns for UK’s northern business after Brexit vote

      Vital funding for small businesses in the north of England could be interrupted after the government said it could not...

    2. July 14, 2016

      Britain’s chance to show the world how to do stimulus

      The UK has become an un­welcome case study in populism and political disaffection. Given the challenges facing the...

    3. July 12, 2016

      Austerity not yet off government agenda

      The UK has abandoned its target of reaching a budget surplus by the end of this parliament, but it is not clear whether...

    4. July 10, 2016

      Demand for start-up loans expected to rebound after Brexit vote

      Demand for cheap government-backed loans for starting a business is expected to grow if the economy slows because of...

    5. July 1, 2016

      Osborne’s U-turn: the good news and the bad

      Remember those rigid fiscal rules George Osborne introduced to fix the roof while the sun was shining? Well it’s...

    6. June 28, 2016

      Transport department asks for HS2 to be scaled back

      The transport department has asked for High Speed 2 to be scaled back, according to the UK’s public spending watchdog,...

    7. June 21, 2016

      Osborne deficit reduction plan hit by higher UK borrowing figures

      George Osborne’s plan to reduce public sector borrowing by £20bn this year has got off to a bad start, with May figures...

    8. June 2, 2016

      ‘Ghost’ research vanishes from public records

      Civil servants are having to use Google to locate “ghost” research that has disappeared from public records because the...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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,...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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”,...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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,...

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