Chancellor George Osborne

Five Things the Chancellor Should Do in the Spending Review

Spencer Thompson | Posted 23.11.2015 | UK Politics
Spencer Thompson

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...

Council Tax Rise Alone Won't Save Social Care, Mr Osborne

Vicky McDermott | Posted 23.11.2015 | UK Politics
Vicky McDermott

I don't profess to be a world-leading economist. But it doesn't take a Nobel Peace Prize in mathematics to see that these proposals to solve the care crisis just don't add up and won't come close to plugging the gap.

The Spending Review Must Deliver Better Outcomes From Public Services, Not Just Reduce Costs

Elizabeth Crowhurst | Posted 23.11.2015 | UK Politics
Elizabeth Crowhurst

If the Chancellor remains committed to getting "the best value for money for taxpayers", he must measure public organisations on their ability to deliver the right sort of outcomes at the right price. Only then will Departments be able to meet the demands of the current Parliament and the upcoming Spending Review.

Sports Funding - Get Your Kit On Campaign

Adrian Christy | Posted 13.11.2015 | UK Sport
Adrian Christy

Sport is important not just because it is good, but because it is good for society. Even if you aren't physically active, you feel the benefit of others who are - by paying less for the NHS, by having somewhere to drop your children at the weekend, by increasing our wealth as a country. In fact, spending on sport may be one of the best investments this government can make.

Britain's Steel Industry Needs Our Support

Ben Johns | Posted 21.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Ben Johns

The Scunthorpe Steel Works have provided jobs and income to families in the town for over 150 years. The announcement of 2,200 job losses and the closure of the Redcar plant started speculation in Scunthorpe. The news today that over 900 jobs would be cut confirmed the town's worst fears. The possibility of the closure of the Scunthorpe Steel Works is becoming a reality. As a Scunthorpe resident, I'm worried about the future. What will happen to my town?

Amber Rudd Must Stand Up for British Industry and Consumers

Alexander Temerko | Posted 30.09.2015 | UK Politics
Alexander Temerko

It's time for urgent action from the government to wake up to these market forces and what they mean for British consumers, British firms and British industry. We've failed to benefit from the plunge in prices; it's now essential not to be caught out by the rebound...


Lloyd Harris | Posted 23.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Lloyd Harris

#CutTheCosts On the 8th of July 2015, Chancellor George Osborne confirmed in his budget speech that maintenance grants will be cut entirely from 2016...

George Osborne's Summer Budget Looks Set To Hit Young People Hardest

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 08.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Young people are set to be hit hardest by George Osborne's Summer cuts, in a financial statement hailed by one Tory minister as "the boldest Budget in...

Tory Budget To Shake Up Sunday Trading Laws

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 06.07.2015 | UK Politics

George Osborne is to allow shops to open longer on Sundays in plans to be unveiled in Wednesday’s budget, the first since the Conservatives returned...

QUIZ: Can You Guess How Much Cheaper Things Were Back In The Day?

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 25.03.2015 | UK Politics

According to the Office of Budget Responsibility, average UK households currently have a higher quality of living than they did in May 2010. The st...

The Most Stylish Chancellor of the Past 50 Years

Oliver Tezcan | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK Style
Oliver Tezcan

It was a good look and quite easily put him in the running for best dressed Chancellor in the past 50 years. Admittedly the competition from Ken Clarke, John Major, and Alistair Darling isn't exactly that strong, and the only thing Gordon Brown wore well was a scowl.

A Budget for Helicopters, Church Roofs and Video Gamers but Not for Skills

Dr Julie Mills | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Julie Mills

The Chancellor had a good tale to tell about falling unemployment, falling welfare bills, growth in output and living standards. He talked repeatedly about how the government of which he is a member is "fixing the roof as the sun begins to shine." The problem is, if we're not able to train people to do the job, he may find himself having to fix his own roof.

8 Pictures That Make The Budget More Interesting

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK Comedy

George Osborne's budget statement led to a string of excellent pictures, some of which were begging to be photoshopped. So we did it. From this... ...

No Short-Term Giveaway Will Provide as Much as a Long-Term Recovery

Nadhim Zahawi | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK Politics
Nadhim Zahawi

Most pre-election Budgets are characterised by gimmicks, giveaways and unfunded spending commitments, an art perfected by Gordon Brown. This Budget did nothing of the sort. Instead it set out the next steps of our long-term plan to make Britain the most prosperous of any major economy.

The Funniest Pictures From George Osborne's Budget Statement

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK Comedy

George Osborne delivered his annual Budget statement in the House of Commons today, and as per usual we got a stream of excellent screenshots and phot...

George Osborne Invented An Entirely New Word During The Budget

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK Politics

What was that George? The Chancellor took the opportunity of this year's budget announcement to talk about growth, despite apparently not being abl...

The Budget Was Actually A Lot Funnier Than You Might Think...

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 25.03.2015 | UK Politics

The Chancellor's budget is usually a rather bland monologue with a few gems scattered here and there. Fortunately we watched it all and filtered out t...

How the Markets Might React to the Chancellor's Budget

Angus Campbell | Posted 17.05.2015 | UK
Angus Campbell

The Chancellor has an opportunity to try and get the voting polls moving in his party's favour, but he won't want to be seen to be buying votes.

Take Note George, Many Voters Actually Want Less Austerity

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 02.03.2015 | UK Politics

Very few voters are happy with George Osborne's austerity plans, a poll has found, with over a quarter wanting a slowdown in the rate of cuts. The ...

Embarrassing Video From 2003 Puts Osborne On The Defensive Over Tax

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 17.02.2015 | UK Politics

George Osborne has been forced to defend the coalition's record on clamping down on tax dodgers amid controversy over its failure to prosecute evaders...

It's 100 Days to the General Election: And it Looks Like We're ALL DOOMED!

Simon Ward | Posted 28.03.2015 | UK Comedy
Simon Ward

In fairness, it can't be easy trying to get people excited about politics in the UK, especially when you've got the likes of David Cameron and Nigel Farage ignoring you like you've just crawled out of Downton Abbey's servant's quarters to feed them dinner.

Asa Bennett

Critics Mock Osborne's 'Nonsense' Excuse For Keeping His Tax Bill Secret | Asa Bennett | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK Politics

George Osborne has been ridiculed for insisting that the coalition has ditched its plans to publish ministers' tax returns in order to protect "taxpay...

George Osborne's Latest Idea Is 'Madness'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 15.01.2015 | UK Politics

George Osborne's proposed law to ensure the public finances should be in surplus in "normal years" has been panned as "risible" and "madness" by exper...

Ed Balls In Washington To Steal Some Of Cameron's Thunder..

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 15.01.2015 | UK Politics

Ed Balls will unveil his plan for greater prosperity around the world in a new report that reportedly has the backing of the Obama administration. ...

Why Everyone Is Actually Worried About A Downward Spiral In Prices

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 14.01.2015 | UK Politics

Mark Carney and George Osborne have tried to calm fears that Britain's economy could fall into a damaging deflationary spiral after new figures showed...