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Ryan Bourne
13 June 2014
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Zero-hours contracts. High prices. Benefit cuts. Unemployment. Childcare costs. According to the international development charity Oxfam, the combination of these individual factors in Britain has...
Steven Kates
14 May 2014
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I am reading the Economist and Financial Times 2013 book of the year, Stephen D. King's When the Money Runs Out: The End of Western Affluence. From its pages I can certainly see what the latest...
Len Shackleton
2 December 2013
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The issue of tax avoidance cannot be divorced from the nature of the tax system, and that in turn cannot sensibly be discussed without thinking about what governments spend. We have a hugely...
Philip Booth
15 February 2012
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The UK has been put on a credit-rating downgrade watch. This is not surprising, but one wonders whether Moody’s is focusing on the right issues. In particular, Moody’s cited the lack of...
Kristian Niemietz
17 January 2012
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With a clear majority, the House of Lords has voted against the proposed changes to Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), the successor of Incapacity Benefit. The opponents of the changes, inside...
Nick Hayns
12 July 2011
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‘Support for UK cuts plummets’ screams a hyperbolic headline in today’s Financial Times. It relates to a poll carried out by the FT and Harris. Let us put aside the question as to...
Philip Booth
23 February 2011
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The Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) was not particularly comprehensive. It will reduce spending as a proportion of national income to the levels we had in 2007 – hardly ambitious. By 2015...
Daniel Mahoney
3 February 2011
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Ed Miliband is taking the line that the coalition is cutting “too far and too fast”. The news that the economy shrank by 0.5% in Q4 of 2010 (zero growth if you factor in the...
Mark Littlewood
20 December 2010
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The so-called ‘cuts’ have dominated the political agenda since the coalition government was formed in May. In totality, the cuts are extraordinarily modest, amounting to a real terms...
Steve Davies
2 December 2010
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Yesterday Will Hutton published the initial results of the enquiry he has been conducting on the government’s behalf into pay differentials and levels of remuneration for senior managers...
G. R. Steele
29 November 2010
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In the 1920s, the UK economy was deflated as a prelude to the restoration of the gold standard. The Chancellor responsible was Winston S. Churchill. In opposing that policy, John Maynard Keynes...
Ruth Porter
11 November 2010
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Britain’s Trillion Pound Horror Story airs tonight at 9pm on Channel 4. The film explains the full extent of the financial mess this country is in – an estimated £4.8 trillion of...
Kristian Niemietz
9 November 2010
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Even if the debate about Housing Benefit has gone wrong in many ways, it is a good thing that it is being held at all, if only to raise awareness about the issue. The HB bill is running at about...
Mark Littlewood
28 October 2010
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Much of the analysis of the Comprehensive Spending Review focused on the big picture and the multi-billion pound savings the coalition hopes to make in a wide range of areas – most obviously...
Peter King
28 October 2010
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After a slow start to the debate about the coalition’s reforms to Housing Benefit things seem to be hotting up somewhat. The government proposes capping payments to households at a...
D. R. Myddelton
23 October 2010
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A proposal to merge three London boroughs – Westminster, Hammersmith & Fulham and Kensington & Chelsea – in order to yield significant cost savings has been greeted by trade...
Philip Booth
23 October 2010
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Mark Littlewood
22 October 2010
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The Institute for Fiscal Studies has done itself – and the wider public debate about the Comprehensive Spending Review – a considerable disservice over the last twenty four hours. In an...
Philip Booth
20 October 2010
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George Osborne has probably done enough to ensure that the public finances are back on track and that the national debt will not run out of control. He has, however, taken only the first step on the...
Richard Wellings
20 October 2010
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Amid all the discussion of ‘severe cuts’, perhaps the most important fact to come out of today’s Comprehensive Spending Review is that total government spending in real terms...