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    1. 8 hours ago

      Government stake sale in Royal Bank of Scotland draws fire

      It may have been a watershed moment for Britain’s banking system, but George Osborne was “not around” on Tuesday to...

    2. August 3, 2015

      Reluctant shareholder George Osborne loses patience with RBS

      Seven years, three chief executives and £45bn of taxpayer funds later, the British government’s decision to start...

    1. August 3, 2015

      UK government can take its time over asset sales

      In July 1979, an article in the Financial Times introduced the public to the word “privatisation” — coined by the then...

    2. August 3, 2015

      Royal Bank of Scotland fortunes ebbed and flowed under 3 chiefs

      As the British government begins the process of selling £2bn of its shares in Royal Bank of Scotland, we take a look at...

    3. August 3, 2015

      Sale of RBS stake marks start of the UK’s biggest privatisation

      Chancellor George Osborne has kicked off Britain’s biggest privatisation by selling £2bn of shares in Royal Bank of...

    4. August 2, 2015

      George Osborne takes control of state assets before sell-off

      George Osborne is to take direct control of all government assets in the autumn as he prepares to accelerate the...

    5. August 2, 2015

      George Osborne aims to eclipse Thatcher era asset sales record

      George Osborne aims to eclipse the Thatcherite privatisation boom as the chancellor oversees the biggest sale of...

    6. July 31, 2015

      Lloyds reveals plan to pay out excess capital to shareholders

      Lloyds Banking Group has revealed it will pay out excess capital to shareholders in a move that paves the way for a...

    7. July 21, 2015

      Higher tax receipts keep deficit reduction plan on track

      As the chancellor put Whitehall departments on notice they will have to execute further sweeping spending cuts, he got...

    8. July 16, 2015

      Lloyds returns £13bn to UK taxpayer

      The UK government has offloaded a further 1 per cent of the taxpayers’ stake in Lloyds Banking Group, as it continues...

    9. July 8, 2015

      Summer Budget: Government to start selling stake in RBS

      The government has confirmed it will begin to sell its stake in Royal Bank of Scotland in the next few months with...

    10. July 3, 2015

      UK plans to privatise Channel 4 come back into view

      The UK government is again considering privatising state-owned broadcaster Channel 4 — a move that could raise more...

    11. June 24, 2015

      UK poised to offload big stake in Green Investment Bank

      The UK is poised to announce the sale of a large stake in the Green Investment Bank, set up by the former coalition...

    12. June 16, 2015

      Government accelerates asset disposal with £13bn mortgages sale

      The government’s “bad bank” is planning to sell a £13bn chunk of Northern Rock mortgages by the start of next year and...

    13. June 11, 2015

      Expect no bonanzas from RBS, a distinctly worn out bank

      The discombobulated British Labour party is not thinking straight following its election defeat, yet even that cannot...

    14. June 10, 2015

      George Osborne ready to sell off RBS at a loss

      George Osborne is to start selling the state’s £32bn stake in Royal Bank of Scotland at a loss, telling a City audience...

    15. June 10, 2015

      Royal Mail stake sale raises £750m for UK government

      Shares in Royal Mail fell almost 4 per cent on Thursday after the UK government said it had raised £750m from the sale...

    16. June 4, 2015

      Government to sell rest of Royal Mail

      Royal Mail is to be fully privatised with the sale of the government’s remaining 30 per cent stake due to begin this...

    17. June 1, 2015

      Chancellor to take first steps toward RBS privatisation

      Chancellor George Osborne is expected to lay out plans for privatising Royal Bank of Scotland in next week’s Mansion...

    18. June 1, 2015

      Government confirms retail sale of Lloyds shares

      The government will launch a retail sale of shares in Lloyds Banking Group within the next 12 months as it accelerates...

    19. May 22, 2015

      FT Weekend 30: Paul Killik on Sid, stagging and the Big Bang

      This week, deflation arrived in Britain for the first time since the 1960s. Back in the 1980s, its reverse — inflation...

    20. May 20, 2015

      Osborne makes priority of boosting UK productivity

      George Osborne has announced plans to improve Britain’s poor productivity record, admitting the country has to deal...

    21. May 14, 2015

      Lloyds’ chairman says government could sell out in a year

      The chairman of Lloyds Banking Group says the state-backed lender could be fully returned to private ownership within...

    22. May 10, 2015

      UK Treasury sells down stake in Lloyds after poll boost

      The UK government has capitalised on a recent rally in Lloyds Banking Group shares to sell down its stake in the bank...

    23. April 19, 2015

      Cameron echoes Thatcher with plans for Lloyds sell-off

      David Cameron has sought to channel the spirit of Margaret Thatcher for the second time in a week by promising that...

    24. April 12, 2015

      Northamptonshire council takes outsourcing to different level

      A Conservative-run Midlands county council is blazing a trail for providing public services in an age of austerity....

    25. March 18, 2015

      Budget 2015: VAT changes level the playing field for outsourcing

      Government outsourcing is expected to increase after the coalition removed VAT charges for private sector bidders on...

    26. March 9, 2015

      Treasury sells further 1% of Lloyds Bank holding

      The UK government has taken advantage of a recent jump in the share price of Lloyds Banking Group to sell a further...

    27. March 5, 2015

      George Osborne admits RBS error and calls for early sale

      George Osborne says he made a mistake in not radically restructuring state-controlled Royal Bank of Scotland in 2010,...

    28. February 22, 2015

      Watershed moment for Lloyds as dividend payment set to resume

      Lloyds Banking Group is set to resume dividend payments for the first time in more than six years, as the government...

    29. February 18, 2015

      Shadow transport secretary pledges Labour will bin rail franchising system

      Labour’s transport spokesman has promised to rip up Britain’s rail franchising model and ensure publicly run operators...

    30. February 6, 2015

      UK competition watchdog sounds alarm over East Coast rail deal

      Britain’s competition authority has questioned the government’s decision to hand the contract to operate the East Coast...

    31. January 9, 2015

      Private sector contracts in the NHS

      Private sector contracts in the National Health Service: * Virgin Care won a deal worth £450m over five years to...

    32. January 5, 2015

      Data cast doubt on Andy Burnham’s NHS privatisation claims

      At the heart of Labour’s attack on Conservative management of the NHS on Monday was a claim that the coalition’s...

    33. December 18, 2014

      Bidders revealed for UK government stake in Eurostar

      A consortium of companies including 3i, Predica and GIC have emerged as bidders for the UK government’s 45 per cent...

    34. December 17, 2014

      Treasury eyes £3bn Lloyds stake sell-off

      George Osborne hopes to raise £3bn by selling another chunk of the government’s stake in Lloyds Banking Group in a move...

    35. December 17, 2014

      Royal Mail sell-off lost taxpayers £180m

      The Royal Mail sell-off could have netted another £180m for the taxpayer but was not vastly mispriced, says an official...

    36. November 27, 2014

      Stagecoach wins East Coast rail franchise

      The London-to-Edinburgh East Coast rail franchise has been awarded to Inter City Railways, a joint venture between...

    37. November 20, 2014

      Babcock profits rise as outsourcer fortifies position in defence

      Babcock International has reinforced its position at the heart of Britain’s defence establishment with a series of...

    38. October 13, 2014

      George Osborne aims for pre-election sale of Eurostar holding

      Britain has started the sale of the government’s 40 per cent stake in Eurostar, the high-speed train company, with the...

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