Chancellor of the Exchequer

Five Reasons Why The UK Can Afford A Higher National Living Wage

Professor Sir Cary Cooper CBE | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Politics
Professor Sir Cary Cooper CBE

As Britain prepares to borrow more than £215bn in the next five years, and with the economy is flux as the consequences of the Brexit vote unfold, can UK businesses afford to raise the National Living Wage? Simple maths says that if we produce more, we sell more, and the country as a whole will make more money. Here's five reasons why, if we can figure out the productivity problem, I say yes.

Our Entrepreneurial Environment Has Never Been Better. But There Is Still Work to Do

Annabel Denham | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Politics
Annabel Denham

The decision by the Chancellor to scrap the Autumn Statement altogether was also welcome - fewer Budgets will mean entrepreneurs can better plan for the future. We now wait for the weightier Spring Budget to see if Philip Hammond will take real action to cut the most destructive taxes and simplify incentives to boost UK entrepreneurship.

Autumn Statement: The Truth Hurts

Tom Brake | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Politics
Tom Brake

In a year where post-truth has come to dominate, we should take a step back, avoid self-inflicted damage, and do everything we possibly can to retain our membership of the single market. If not, this ugly truth will hurt for a very long time.

Save Our Spaces: Our Public Land And Buildings Are At Risk Of Being Sold, Cut Or Shut

Tony Armstrong | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK Politics
Tony Armstrong

Our community spaces are in jeopardy. Parks, community centres, swimming pools, town halls, you name it; in one part of the country or another, many o...

Hey, Brexiteers - Leave Hammond And Carney Alone!

Andy Johnson-Creek | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK Politics
Andy Johnson-Creek

It's been drummed into us that Brexit means Brexit. And now we hear that there is a 'Hard Brexit' and a 'Soft Brexit', with ideology seemingly having more of a say than what works for all. The details sound, and no doubt are, very complicated, and I certainly wouldn't have a clue where to start with sorting out a UK wide position, let alone negotiating for it.

The Sugar Tax Is Going to Cost Us All a Lot of Money

Brook Whelan | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK Politics
Brook Whelan

We know what the inflationary impact of the UK sugar tax is. It is a massive £1 billion of additional national debt interest. We know this because the Guardian newspaper let this slip in one of their sub-headings a few weeks after the sugar tax was announced. People against Sugar Tax wrote to the Office for Budget Responsibility, and they confirmed this was the case. We were genuinely shocked at this astronomical figure.

How Osborne Can Turn the Tables on IDS

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 21.03.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

If the Chancellor does nothing, or too little, he will be forever tainted as the worst kind of Tory - the kind that merely seeks to entrench advantage for the benefit of his own class. But if the Chancellor were to adopt this simple 10 point plan he could become the best kind of Tory - a new Peel or Disraeli. The choice is, almost entirely, his.

Austerity Continues as Trident Spending Rises

Dr Kate Hudson | Posted 18.03.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Kate Hudson

The economy slows yet the government persists in following the same scorched-earth cuts policy which has already so abjectly failed. And of course this isn't just an abstract failure, to be pointed out on a graph in an economic journal, it has real human consequences.

Budget Won't Create a Youth Homelessness Funding Crisis - We're Already Facing One

Paul Noblet | Posted 07.07.2016 | UK Politics
Paul Noblet

The aftermath of the Budget will be dominated by talk of who is better or worse off, but will it come too late for some of the most vulnerable people in our society? Support for youth homelessness is not on the verge of a funding crisis. It's already in one.

Budget 2015: Here Are 8 Things George Osborne WON'T Mention

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK Comedy

As the Chancellor gets ready to deliver his final budget before the general election, we predict some things he won't mention... (For HuffPost UK C...

Osborne's Thank You Letter to Pensioner Who Repaid Winter Fuel Payment

Stuart Bonar | Posted 19.10.2014 | UK Politics
Stuart Bonar

A "very kind, generous and public-spirited gesture". That's how George Osborne acknowledged one pensioner's decision to pay back their Winter Fuel Payment. The benefit, worth between £100 and £300, is paid to around 12 million pensioners each year to help them meet the cost of heating their homes over the winter months.

Record Number Of Brits Happy With Chancellor Osborne

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 22.04.2014 | UK Politics

George Osborne has bounced back from the days when he was booed at the Olympic Stadium as his popularity as chancellor has reached a record high. ...

The Budget 2014: Why Did the Budget Ignore Start Ups?

Raj Dhonota | Posted 31.05.2014 | UK Politics
Raj Dhonota

For me this budget got it wrong on the start up front by ignoring the value start-ups bring to our economy and doing nothing for them. We may not realise the impact of this up to the election, which is perhaps what the chancellor is counting on, but it's clearly not in our country's long term interest. A budget for 'doers'? I don't think so!

LOOK: Check Out What Was Written On The Board Behind George Osborne

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK Comedy

Chancellor George Osborne delivered a speech on the economy in Essex on Monday. And we have to say, we're a little surprised by the achievements writt...

Supporting the Makers

Nadhim Zahawi | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK Politics
Nadhim Zahawi

The economy is healing, but we need to cement the recovery by encouraging and supporting our great British businesses. That's why the Chancellor is supporting businesses that are making things and selling them to the world... This was truly a budget for the doers and the makers.

Welcome To The United Kingdom of Wonga..

Karl Davis | Posted 21.04.2014 | UK Politics
Karl Davis

It's almost as hard to escape the many 'payday loan' advertisements that flood virtually every advert break in the TV schedule these days as it is to access any strand of public service that hasn't been flogged off to the private sector.

Fair Regulation?

Alexander Jan | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK Politics
Alexander Jan

Last week, hundreds of thousands of Londoners and commuters in the rest of the South East battled strikes and main line signal failures to get to work. With considerable grit and determination many of them succeeded. It's fair to say that George Osborne's Christmas gift to restrict regulated fare rises is already no more than a distant memory...

An Open Letter to George Osborne

Bill Grimsey | Posted 24.01.2014 | UK Politics
Bill Grimsey

Dear Chancellor, Businesses all over the country are awaiting next week's Autumn Statement with dread to hear if you plan to add another £840million on to the business rates bill. At a time when UK retail sales are down for October, high streets are still recording declining footfall...

Is George Osborne The Most Unpopular Chancellor Ever?

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 17.10.2013 | UK Politics

Fresh from introducing the Cookie Monster on Newsnight last week, Emily Maitlis was given a less prestigious role on Wednesday interviewing the Chance...

Grand Theft Auto V: George Osborne Edition

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.09.2013 | UK Comedy

(Created for HuffPost UK Comedy by David Beresford and David Schneider) More TOPICALOLs: Relationship Nobody Thought Would Last Doesn't Last Go...

Osborne's Housing Plan 'Won't Build Any New Homes'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 06.08.2013 | UK Politics

George Osborne's flagship home ownership programme Help to Buy will fail to see new homes being built but help boost banks' and builders' profit margi...

'All That Will Remain Is Tesco, Costa And Charity Shops'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 01.08.2013 | UK Politics

A chocolatier in Chancellor George Osborne's constituency has left an impassioned goodbye note on his store's front window revealing how the high cost...

Chancellor Unveils Tax Breaks For Fracking

PA | Posted 19.07.2013 | UK

The Chancellor George Osborne has unveiled tax breaks for controversial fracking in a bid to create the "most generous" regime for shale gas in the wo...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Osborne's '100% Cuts' Pledge

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 12.07.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Friday 12 July 2013... 1) OSBORNE'S '100% CUTS' PLEDGE Both the Telegraph and the Times splash on George Osb...

'Osborne Needs A Reality Check!'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 11.07.2013 | UK Politics

Chancellor George Osborne has come under fire after telling MPs that he has not visited a food bank. Under questioning today from Labour MP Teresa ...