Autumn Statement 2013

Your Pay Won't Be Back To Normal For Years

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 09.12.2013 | UK Politics

Annual wage rises will not return to their historic norm of around 2% for a couple of years, the head of the UK's official fiscal watchdog has told MP...

The Treasury's Black Sheep - The NHS

Professor Nick Bosanquet | Posted 08.02.2014 | UK Politics
Professor Nick Bosanquet

In 130 pages of the Autumn Statement the Chancellor covered, as he was right to do, every major public sector programme: but there was one significant omission. A programme which now costs 8% of GDP - the National Health Service. Apart from the commitment to ring-fencing there was no single line in the whole report dedicated to the NHS.

Seven Reasons Why Ed Miliband Should Keep Ed Balls As Shadow Chancellor

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 07.02.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

The knives are out for the shadow chancellor. Again. But to call for him to be sacked on the basis of a single, bad Commons performance is absurd. Contrary to conventional wisdom, it is Ed Balls, not George Osborne, who has been vindicated on the economy.

Osborne Will Have to Cut Billions More, Warns IFS

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics

George Osborne could be forced to make £7 billion of extra cuts to pay for new spending pledges and a further £10 billion in cuts in 2018/19 as aust...

Hancock Bitchslaps Ed Balls Over 'Osborne's Poodle' Jibe

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics

Ed Balls has been mocked for "getting his facts wrong" after comparing a Tory minister to George Osborne's "poodle", as the Chancellor's new puppy Lol...

Why the Next Election Will be Won or Lost on the 'Cost of Living' Crisis

Emily Stacey | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Politics
Emily Stacey

Although on the outside David Cameron attempts to present the image of a Prime Minister in control, on the inside, it's a different matter. Realising that a Lib-Lab partnership may not be off the cards in 2015, the PM and his Chancellor have clearly softened to the Lib Dems of late, evident in the layout of yesterday's Autumn Statement.

George Osborne Has Acted on Youth Unemployment - And Should Be Congratulated

Richard Grice | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Politics
Richard Grice

I am immensely proud that we have managed to persuade policy makers of the benefits of measures such as this one announced in Thursday's Autumn Statement, benefits for young people, businesses, the Treasury and society at large.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: RIP Madiba

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics

The one thing you need to know on Friday 6 December 2013... RIP MADIBA The world is in mourning; a rare global icon has passed away. South Afric...

The Autumn Statement - A List of Failures Dressed Up as Victories

Chris Leslie | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Politics
Chris Leslie

After three wasted years, we have had another day of complacency from George Osborne. All we heard in a speech of nearly an hour was more evidence of the cost of living crisis and a few misplaced boasts about the state of the economy, despite the fact that this is no recovery at all for millions of families.

The Autumn Statement Brought Good News - But Not Enough for the Self-Congratulation We Saw

Dr Steve Davies | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Steve Davies

After several years of generally bad years, everyone will welcome the good news that the Statement contains. However we have good reasons to think that the medium term prospects are not as rosy as the Chancellor thinks...

The People of Britain Have Proved Labour Wrong - Our Economy Is Turning a Corner

Nadhim Zahawi | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Politics
Nadhim Zahawi

Thankfully the evidence is starting to show that Britain is turning a corner. We're now one of the fastest growing advanced economies in the world. Labour said this couldn't be done without growing the deficit too, but the British people have proved them wrong.

Autumn Statement: George Osborne's Main Pledges

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.12.2013 | UK Comedy

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The Recovery Is Nice But We Need a Growth Agenda

Ben Southwood | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Politics
Ben Southwood

The Chancellor may feel he only needs to announce tiny symbolic policy moves, given the recovery the economy is finally enjoying. But the government has so much more to do, particularly on the "PIM" policy areas of planning, immigration and money, if he wants to improve the long-term prospects for the UK's economic wellbeing.

The Chancellor Is Wrong and Disingenuous on Living Standards

Stewart Wood | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Politics
Stewart Wood

Chancellor, I am afraid it is not true that a majority of people are better off but labouring under the misapprehension that they are worse off. It is one thing for a government to rebut the claims of their opponents. It is quite another to brief against the experiences of ordinary families across the country.

Living Standards Crisis Set to Deepen

Frances O’Grady | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Politics
Frances O’Grady

The critics of austerity have been proved right. The OBR confirm today what we already knew - the recovery is at least two years behind schedule. The Chancellor has failed to meet the objective he set of a rebalanced economy growing enough through exports and investment to close the deficit by the time of the next election.

Osborne Hits Foreign Property Sellers With New Tax

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 05.12.2013 | UK Politics

George Osborne has confirmed plans to make foreign owners of UK property start paying capital gains tax, in a move that has sparked fears that foreign...

How Can Osborne Take Pride in the Damage He's Doing?

Mark Serwotka | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Politics
Mark Serwotka

Delivering his autumn statement, George Osborne declared he was "proud" of the changes his government is making to the state pension. Really? As a thank you for a lifetime's contribution to our society, those pensioners with no independent wealth to fall back on, are facing their retirement living in poverty.

WATCH: Red-Faced Ed Balls Shouted Down By Giddy Tory MPs

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.12.2013 | UK Politics

Ed Balls was always going to have a tough time responding to George Osborne's Autumn Statement today, and it did not go well. The shadow chancellor...

Not Even Back to Where We Started

Tony Dolphin | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Politics
Tony Dolphin

In his Autumn Statement, the Chancellor is claiming vindication for his economic strategy, saying that it has put Britain back on the road to economic recovery. However, while it does appear to be the case that the economy is recovering again, this is in spite of his economic policies, not because of them.

Autumn Statement 2013: What's In It For Young People And Students?

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education

George Osborne delivered his much anticipated Autumn Statement on Thursday, but what was in it for young people and students? The chancellor told t...

The Autumn Statement: Will Capping Welfare Help Vulnerable Families?

Dame Clare Tickell | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Politics
Dame Clare Tickell

If Chancellor George Osborne caps welfare spending without thinking enough about those in dire need, he is at risk of making a short-sighted mistake for which children will pay the highest price. We have already seen an increasing number of children getting help only when they reach crisis point which, for many, is often too late.

IDS Tries To Sneak Out Bad News When No One Is Looking

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.12.2013 | UK Politics

Today was not a good day to try and bury bad news. With journalists eyes turned towards George Osborne's Autumn Statement, work and pensions secretary...

Work Until You're 70, Osborne Tells Young People

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Politics

George Osborne will confirm in today's Autumn Statement that millions of young people will be forced to work until they're 70 years old, under plans t...

Autumn Statement 2013: Live Updates

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.12.2013 | UK Politics

Today is Autumn Statement day. We are keeping track of the best (and worst) bits here. George Osborne will be up in the Commons at 11.15am...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Autumn Statement Day

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Thursday 5 September... 1) AUTUMN STATEMENT DAY The chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne will be deliv...