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    1. March 2, 2015

      Northern Ireland braces for austerity

      Northern Ireland’s devolved government faces its biggest overhaul in 15 years as politicians and officials brace for the...

    2. March 2, 2015

      More English devolution could add £144bn to economy, survey says

      Modest English devolution could add £144bn to the UK economy by 2020 by handing greater spending control to the regions,...

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    1. March 1, 2015

      Danny Alexander calls for extra £1bn levy on UK banks

      Danny Alexander is pressing George Osborne to introduce a £1bn annual levy on banks in this month’s Budget to help eliminate...

    2. March 1, 2015

      DUP links post-election deal to protecting UK defence budget

      The largest party in Northern Ireland, the Democratic Unionists (DUP), will seek protection of the UK’s defence budget as a...

    3. February 27, 2015

      Labour to raid pension tax relief to pay for student fees cut

      Ed Miliband has set out his plan to cut university tuition fees by a third to £6,000 by reducing tax relief on pensions, but...

    4. February 25, 2015

      George Osborne can pay UK voters an unexpected bounty

      Lucky George Osborne. Facing perhaps his last significant political moment in the form of next month’s Budget, the UK...

    5. February 25, 2015

      Ministers aim to boost SMEs by speeding payments

      The UK government aims to protect smaller companies from long payment delays through plans to implement EU rules on public...

    6. February 24, 2015

      Wrexham jail to be run by public sector

      The UK’s first “super prison” holding more than 2,000 inmates is to be run by the public sector, dashing the hopes of...

    7. February 23, 2015

      The cost of David Cameron’s pensioner promises

      David Cameron has promised to preserve universal pensioner benefits costing billions of pounds if he wins the election. The...

    8. February 22, 2015

      Whitehall gets the digital message

      At the Government Digital Service in central London, dressed-down staff do their best to foster an atmosphere that is more...

    9. February 20, 2015

      UK public finances give Osborne pre-poll boost

      Rising income tax receipts ensured Britain enjoyed the biggest boost to its public finances for seven years in January, it...

    10. February 19, 2015

      General election will decide future of the British state

      The general election on May 7 2015 is an important moment in British history. Great doubt exists over the configuration of...

    11. February 18, 2015

      Public services in danger without devolution, says report

      Some public services will collapse if the next government does not pursue radical devolution of powers, funding and taxes to...

    12. February 16, 2015

      Duncan Smith rolls out universal credit payment

      Iain Duncan Smith, work and pensions secretary, said the government’s welfare reforms had saved the taxpayer £50bn and...

    13. February 16, 2015

      Government spend on railways falls

      The government’s contribution to running Britain’s railways has shrunk rapidly over the lifetime of the coalition, with...

    14. February 15, 2015

      Let the NHS lean more on the private sector

      At a time when any of six parties might form part of the next government, British politics offers few certainties. An...

    15. February 11, 2015

      Nicola Sturgeon calls for £180bn extra UK spending

      Scotland’s first minister has vowed to fight the “slavish” fixation with cutting the deficit as she laid out plans for the...

    16. February 10, 2015

      ‘English votes for English laws’ is easier said than done

      Every state with devolved institutions of government, redistributes revenues among subsidiary jurisdictions. These...

    17. February 9, 2015

      First privately run NHS hospital seeks £10m taxpayer bailout

      The first NHS hospital to be managed by a private company has asked for a government bailout of nearly £10m, just six weeks...

    18. February 9, 2015

      Medical negligence costs ‘threat’ to National Health Service

      A soaring bill from medical negligence damages has become a threat to the National Health Service, says one of the most...

    19. February 8, 2015

      Slowing post-poll UK cuts would boost economy, says think-tank

      Slowing the pace of spending cuts after May’s general election would boost the UK economy in the next parliament, according...

    20. February 8, 2015

      NHS hires Capita to buy in services

      The National Health Service has appointed private sector companies including Capita to help buy billions of pounds of...

    21. February 5, 2015

      Get ready for tax rises, whoever wins

      George Bush went into the 1988 US presidential election with the words: “Read my lips. No new taxes”. John Major cut taxes...

    22. February 4, 2015

      Nothing is inevitable about Britain’s fiscal path

      When it comes to money, policy makers are often accused of inhabiting a fool’s paradise. It is less common to hear them...

    23. February 4, 2015

      UK plans to sell off historic government buildings

      Plans to sell off a swath of historic government buildings to property developers mean civil servants will be moving from...

    24. February 4, 2015

      Investors back UK’s first tidal lagoon power project

      Plans for the UK’s first tidal lagoon power project will get a boost on Thursday with the announcement that it has reached...

    25. February 4, 2015

      IFS warns over need for higher tax rises

      All the main UK political parties are likely to raise taxes and borrow more than planned, the Institute for Fiscal Studies...

    26. February 2, 2015

      Aberdeen pushes for ‘City Deal’ package and hope of £2bn funding

      Aberdeen leaders have used an oil summit with UK and Scottish political leaders to push the city’s case for a “City Deal”...

    27. February 2, 2015

      Tory pledge to maintain schools funding amounts to real-terms cut

      David Cameron has admitted that a Conservative promise to maintain the cash spent on each pupil in England’s state schools...

    28. February 1, 2015

      Cash-strapped councils to raise billions with new municipal bonds

      Britain’s local authorities are on the verge of creating a multibillion-pound municipal bond market, amid growing friction...

    29. January 30, 2015

      London mayor’s vision for Olympicopolis gathers steam

      To Boris Johnson, it is to be a “pole of attraction” for east London, a cultural palace “of a kind to knock the Pompidou...

    30. January 29, 2015

      MPs sound alarm over UK public cash links with Nigerian projects

      MPs have accused ministers of allowing public money to be spent on development projects in Nigeria associated with...

    31. January 28, 2015

      Whitehall comfort-class travel bill hits £100m

      About £100m has been spent on taxis, business-class flights and first-class rail travel by UK government officials in the...

    32. January 28, 2015

      Crime victims urged to report offences online

      Victims of non-emergency crimes in England and Wales will be encouraged to report the offences online to save police time as...

    33. January 28, 2015

      UK infrastructure lending scheme alarms NAO

      A four year programme to support £40bn of private investment in infrastructure leaves taxpayers with unquantifiable risks...

    34. January 27, 2015

      Labour plans pile on pressure for cash-strapped universities

      Indications that Labour is planning to cut tuition fees have heightened budget concerns among university vice-chancellors,...

    35. January 27, 2015

      Defend Labour’s economic record – the facts support us

      General elections are fought and won on the issue of the economy. And, while pollsters say this year’s general election...

    36. January 27, 2015

      Greens plan to shake up City of London and drop reliance on growth

      The City of London would cease to be a major global financial centre and growth would no longer be an economic target under...

    37. January 27, 2015

      Road scanners to find future potholes developed by UK researchers

      Scientists have invented a system that promises to cure one of the great scourges of the British motorist — the pothole....

    38. January 27, 2015

      Coalition has failed to tackle regional imbalances, report says

      The UK government has failed to tackle regional imbalances, fix the apprenticeship system and help the long-term unemployed...

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