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    1. May 5, 2015

      General election: Plaid Cymru seeks funding parity with Scotland

      Plaid Cymru is to make fair funding for Wales the price for supporting a minority Labour government in the event of a hung...

    2. May 5, 2015

      Northern Ireland shows no sign of bowing to austerity push

      Monday is lifeguard training day at the swimming pool in the well kept, exceptionally well equipped leisure centre in...

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    1. May 3, 2015

      Andy Burnham vows to reset public expectations of NHS

      Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham has vowed to “reset” the public’s expectations of the NHS if Labour wins power, saying...

    2. April 30, 2015

      Bribes and evasions on housing and the deficit

      The UK is not well-governed. That is hardly going to change after this depressing election campaign. But, unless the polls...

    3. April 30, 2015

      The looming post-election nightmare of stealth taxes

      Alice Cooper, the US rock star famous for his gorily theatrical stage shows, sang: “I’m top prime cut of meat, I’m your...

    4. April 30, 2015

      General election: Tories and Lib Dems clash over benefits

      George Osborne on Thursday rejected Liberal Democrat claims that the Conservatives had put forward “secret” proposals to cut...

    5. April 29, 2015

      Cameron’s pledges unwise or costly or both, says Lawson

      David Cameron has been accused by Lord Lawson, former Conservative chancellor, of making a flurry of promises that are...

    6. April 24, 2015

      UK electoral promises that fail to convince

      A phrase to madden the political obsessive is “they are all the same”. Clearly, politicians are not all the same. Wander...

    7. April 23, 2015

      SNP spending plans imply same cuts as Labour, says IFS

      The Scottish National party’s spending plans imply the same cuts, if not more, than Labour’s plans over the next five years,...

    8. April 23, 2015

      George Osborne hits UK deficit reduction target for 2014-15

      George Osborne has met his deficit reduction target for 2014-15 with new data showing that borrowing fell by more than £10bn...

    9. April 23, 2015

      Labour and Tories ramp up attacks over economy

      The economy will be the focus of Labour and Tory attacks on Thursday as both parties warn about the impact of each other’s...

    10. April 21, 2015

      Scotland warned of substantial tax rises

      Scotland would need to make “substantial” tax rises or spending cuts if it won full control over taxation and spending, a...

    11. April 20, 2015

      Britons back further welfare cuts, says poll

      George Osborne’s plan to make further cuts to Britain’s welfare bill has the support of 75 per cent of voters, who still...

    12. April 19, 2015

      Cameron warns Labour-SNP government would be ‘very frightening’

      David Cameron has stepped up his rhetoric against the Scottish National party, warning that a Labour government propped up...

    13. April 19, 2015

      Government rolls out new school careers guidance scheme

      Nicky Morgan came under heavy fire from MPs in January over the coalition government’s inadequate careers service provision...

    14. April 16, 2015

      Politicians’ poll pledges hit by fickle forecasts on UK economy

      Politicians received a sharp reminder this week of the dangers of aligning policy promises with economic forecasts. The...

    15. April 16, 2015

      NHS cash crunch to hit after UK election

      The next government will be under immediate pressure to inject more money into the National Health Service to avoid a...

    16. April 15, 2015

      IMF warns UK on deficit reduction plans

      Britain’s next government will not be able to balance its books by the end of the decade, the International Monetary Fund...

    17. April 15, 2015

      Lies, damned lies and the British election

      Britain’s politicians have been setting out their election stalls. To read the Conservative and Labour manifestos is to...

    18. April 15, 2015

      General election: Ukip aims to revive flagging campaign

      Nigel Farage told voters at Wednesday’s manifesto launch that the UK Independence party is “the party with the money” from...

    19. April 14, 2015

      General election: Cameron pledges good life for working families

      David Cameron on Tuesday sketched an optimistic vision of a “good life” Britain and announced three fresh spending pledges...

    20. April 13, 2015

      ‘Protected’ defence leaves councils at risk

      Ministers are likely to protect Britain’s defence budget in a post-election spending round, putting even greater strain on...

    21. April 13, 2015

      Labour manifesto allows room for extra spending

      Despite opening his election manifesto with a sweeping commitment to a “budget responsibility lock”, economists said Ed...

    22. April 13, 2015

      Ed Miliband distances himself from tax and spending

      There were echoes of the 1970s as Ed Miliband set out his election manifesto at an event in Manchester: with policies...

    23. April 13, 2015

      General election: Miliband stresses frugality at manifesto launch

      Ed Miliband insisted he would be more fiscally responsible than Gordon Brown or Tony Blair as he promised to fund all...

    24. April 12, 2015

      Labour seeks to narrow gap on public spending

      Ed Miliband will on Monday put public finances at the heart of Labour’s election manifesto as he attempts to secure a...

    25. April 12, 2015

      Lib Dems dilute plans for tax raid on wealthy UK homes

      Nick Clegg said on Sunday that the Liberal Democrats had watered down plans for a tax raid on wealthy homeowners, as the...

    26. April 11, 2015

      Conservatives and Labour trade blows over health service

      The Conservatives and Labour traded blows over their visions for, and funding of, the health service on Saturday after David...

    27. April 10, 2015

      David Cameron takes positive tack with pledge on NHS

      David Cameron will pledge on Saturday to spend at least £8bn per year extra on the health service by 2020 as he seeks a more...

    28. April 9, 2015

      Growth in UK food banks linked to welfare cuts, study finds

      A clear link between the rapid expansion of food banks in the UK and cuts to welfare and other local services under the...

    29. April 8, 2015

      Atkins warns on spending delays caused by general election

      WS Atkins, the UK engineering consultant, has warned of a “hiatus” in work around the UK general election as spending...

    30. April 6, 2015

      NHS faces bigger than expected financial ‘black hole’

      The National Health Service is facing an even bigger financial “black hole” than politicians and health leaders have...

    31. April 5, 2015

      UK reprieve for three cancer drugs

      Three cancer drugs that were supposed to be removed from the National Health Service on cost grounds have been granted a...

    32. April 3, 2015

      UK museums face ‘grim outlook’, Art Fund warns

      Britain’s museums are suffering an unseen erosion of skills, investment and resources as the effects of “swift and stringent...

    33. April 1, 2015

      Labour attacks SNP spending plans as ‘biggest lie’ in election

      The Labour party has said SNP claims to oppose public spending cuts are the “biggest lie in the general election” as it...

    34. March 31, 2015

      David Cameron says Tories can still win majority

      David Cameron insisted the Conservative party was capable of winning an outright majority in May’s general election, warning...

    35. March 27, 2015

      David Cameron promises to create a ‘truly seven-day’ NHS

      David Cameron has sought to neutralise Labour’s election strategy with the promise of a “truly seven-day” NHS if the...

    36. March 26, 2015

      UK has come to terms with austerity, study suggests

      UK facing up to austerity, study suggests After five years of deep spending cuts, the British public has largely come to...

    37. March 25, 2015

      New UK arms procurement chief lured with £535,000 pay package

      The new chief of Britain’s armaments programme is to be rewarded with a £285,000 salary and £250,000 performance-related...

    38. March 25, 2015

      UK voters face a choice of cuts or more cuts in public spending

      Get ready for a rollercoaster ride in public spending, the Office for Budget Responsibility warned after last week’s Budget....

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