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    1. 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 — was...

    2. 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 with...

    1. 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 the...

    2. 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 to...

    3. 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 retail...

    4. 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....

    5. 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 public...

    6. 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 £500m of...

    7. 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, but...

    8. 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...

    9. 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 take...

    10. 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 main...

    11. 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 provide...

    12. 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 actions...

    13. 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 stake in...

    14. 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 that...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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 contract...

    18. 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 aim...

    19. October 10, 2014

      Chart that tells a story – Royal Mail

      What does this show? It has been a year since Royal Mail’s controversial initial public offering. This shows how the...

    20. September 16, 2014

      Lord Myners assembles team of heavyweights to look at sell-offs

      Lord Myners, the former City minister, has recruited a series of City heavyweights to examine the £2bn sale of Royal Mail...

    21. September 7, 2014

      ‘Private Island: Why Britain Now Belongs to Someone Else’ by James Meek

      James Meek’s Private Island: Why Britain Now Belongs to Someone Else is an energetic and colourfully told polemic against...

    22. August 17, 2014

      Councils privatise their legal departments

      A growing number of councils across the UK are trying to privatise their legal departments as they seek to bolster their...

    23. August 15, 2014

      Lib Dems plan freedom of information rules for private companies

      Water companies, the “Big Six” energy suppliers and housing associations would be forced to open their books to the public...

    24. August 12, 2014

      Network Rail debt move goes off track

      Ministers are exploring ways to reverse the accounting changes that will next month see Network Rail’s £34bn of gross debts...

    25. July 29, 2014

      £5.8bn of NHS work being advertised to private sector

      About £5.8bn of NHS work is being advertised to the private sector in moves that are slowly transforming the nature of...

    26. July 14, 2014

      Coalition abandons plan to privatise UK Land Registry

      The government has dropped plans to privatise the Land Registry after heated rows between the Tories and Liberal Democrats...

    27. July 11, 2014

      Retail investors stay loyal to Royal Mail

      Institutions may have come under fire for selling their Royal Mail shares at a quick profit, but individual shareholders...

    28. July 10, 2014

      Sell-off expert says Royal Mail sale delivered poor value

      The sale of Royal Mail achieved poorer value for money for taxpayers than the state sell-offs of the 1980s and 1990s, the...

    29. July 9, 2014

      Vince Cable orders review into sell-off of state assets

      Ministers have ordered a review into the sell-off of state assets, just days before MPs publish a report that is expected to...

    30. June 20, 2014

      Shareholdings hit post-crisis high

      The value of shareholdings held by private investors rose to £238.8bn by the middle of June, its highest level since the...

    31. June 20, 2014

      Spire dreaming of £1bn flotation after Cinven ends sale talks

      Britain’s second-largest chain of private hospitals is finalising plans for a £1bn stock market flotation, as it seeks to...

    32. May 22, 2014

      Royal Mail flotation row continues

      The squabble over whether Royal Mail was sold too cheaply at its flotation last autumn shows little sign of abating, as the...

    33. May 16, 2014

      Government looks set to retain Royal Mail stake

      Ministers bruised by the squabble over the Royal Mail privatisation appear in no hurry to start selling the state’s...

    34. April 30, 2014

      Lazard made £8m profit in Royal Mail share sell-off

      The investment arm of the government’s independent adviser on the privatisation of Royal Mail made an £8m profit selling...

    35. April 7, 2014

      Cable faces more questions on Royal Mail

      Vince Cable is being recalled by MPs to give further evidence about the government's privatisation of the Royal Mail, after...

    36. April 2, 2014

      No ‘gentleman’s agreement’ on Royal Mail, says Vince Cable

      Vince Cable on Wednesday denied that there was any “gentleman’s agreement” with blue-chip investors on Royal Mail...

    37. April 1, 2014

      Taxpayer lost out to big investors in mail float, says watchdog

      Blue-chip investors made “substantial” profits from selling their allocation of Royal Mail shares within weeks of its...

    38. March 17, 2014

      Postcode data should not have been sold with Royal Mail, say MPs

      MPs have criticised the government for selling off postcode data as part of the privatisation of Royal Mail last year,...

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