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Spencer Thompson

Senior economic analyst at the IPPR

Spencer Thompson is a senior economic analyst at the IPPR

Five Things the Chancellor Should Do in the Spending Review

This week the Chancellor of the Exchequer will stand up in the House of Commons and set out how public spending will be change across government departments over the next four years... We've been thinking about what the Chancellor should do, and have picked out five things that he should consider as he finalises the spending review...
23/11/2015 23:20 GMT

George Osborne: Axeman, Taxman, or Northern Powerhouse-man?

The Chancellor can't have it all. As much as he likes to hang out in a hard-hat, cutting public services to their knees is not a good look. Up to now the burden of deficit reduction has fallen on some of the poorest in society, but he has had to start reaching into working tax credits to make savings, provoking the ire of leading members of his party and the Sun newspaper...
08/10/2015 10:25 BST

More Needs to Be Done to End Unfair Internship Practices

Already there are thousands of unpaid interns struggling to make ends meet, and even more who are turned away from professions not because of their skills, but because of their economic background. If we want our workforce to be a reflection of society instead of inequality then we need to widen access to internships, improve their quality, and make sure they are paid.
19/01/2015 17:34 GMT

GDP Figures: How the Economy Recovered Should Be Cause for Caution

Friday's preliminary GDP estimate for the second quarter of 2014 shows an economy growing at 0.8% a quarter, and recovering it's pre-recession level of output. It would be wrong to take this as a sign of 'business-as-usual' however, when fundamental problems with the UK economy remain.
25/07/2014 11:53 BST