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    1. August 25, 2016

      Hospitals plan cuts in services as NHS budget deficit continues

      Hospitals in England are drawing up plans for fresh cuts in services as figures show National Health Service trusts...

    2. August 23, 2016

      UK fiscal policy should take over from the printing press

      Following the UK’s decision to leave the EU, the Bank of England predictably moved to allay any lingering market fears...

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    1. August 20, 2016

      Benefit payouts to private landlords double to £9.3bn in decade

      Benefit payments to private landlords have doubled to £9.3bn during the past decade as tenants on low incomes shift...

    2. Fast FT

      August 19, 2016

      UK finances hit weaker-than-expected £1bn surplus for July

        The UK government’s finances were in the black for July as corporation tax receipts helped reach a surplus of £1bn,...

    3. August 18, 2016

      Energy: Generating criticism

      In a field in a remote part of north-west Wales, a lone farmer cuts the grass, parcelling it up into hay bales which...

    4. August 18, 2016

      UK backs trans-Pennine road tunnel from Manchester to Sheffield

      Theresa May has committed herself to the “Northern Powerhouse”, as the government advanced plans for what could be the...

    5. August 13, 2016

      Questions remain on Hammond’s post-Brexit funding pledge

      Philip Hammond has reassured the UK’s recipients of EU funds their income is guaranteed until at least 2020. Big...

    6. August 5, 2016

      Theresa May weighs options to soften Brexit blow

      The governor of the Bank of England made clear this week there was a limit to what monetary policy could do to cushion...

    7. July 31, 2016

      Government to keep the triple lock on state pension until 2020

      The government has said a pledge to keep the “triple lock” on the state pension will remain in place for the rest of...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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,...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. April 15, 2016

      Cuts to pensions watchdog puts savers at risk

      The core budget of the UK pensions regulator is to be cut by a sixth, despite concerns about fraud as many people are...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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,...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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