UK Debt

Child Refused School Lunch Over Parent's £1.75 Debt

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.06.2013 | UK

A furious parent has hauled his two children out of school after dinner ladies refused his son lunch because of a £1.75 debt. Gary Lynn, who also ...

Guatemala's Genocide Conviction Is Historic - But Rios Montt Can't Go Down Alone

Nick Dearden | Posted 16.07.2013 | UK
Nick Dearden

Former Guatemalan military dictator Efrian Rios Montt was found guilty of genocide this week. It's time to go after those who funded him.

When the Sovereign Debt Bubble Bursts, Things Will Get Nasty

Harry Cooper | Posted 08.07.2013 | UK Politics
Harry Cooper

What do Greece and an unemployed homeowner in Arizona have in common? They are both bankrupt with no hope of ever being able to pay back what they owe. As I wrote this, I realised it sounded as though I were making a joke (and a bad one at that). The reality is, unfortunately, not funny in any sense, but actually far more worrying.

Rethinking the UK's Foreign Policy Role

Mike Giles | Posted 06.07.2013 | UK Politics
Mike Giles

Despite the US-led invasion of Afghanistan starting back in October 2001, around 9,000 British soldiers still remain stationed in the country to this day, with a remit of training up local military forces to take over security by the end of 2014.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Come 2015, It'll Be 'Time For A Change'

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 30.04.2013 | UK Politics

The ten things you need to know on 30 April 2013... 1) COME 2015, IT'LL BE 'TIME FOR A CHANGE' The right-wing media echo chamber keeps telling u...

Public Sector Borrowing Down £300m

PA | Posted 23.06.2013 | UK Politics

Britain's finances remain under intense pressure after figures today showed annual net borrowing managed only a slight dip to £120.6 billion in the f...

Morrison Slashes 700 Jobs After Osborne's 'Hardworking People' Speech

Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 10.04.2013 | UK

Nearly 700 jobs are at risk at Morrisons, the supermarket where last week George Osborne made a speech in defence of cutting benefits, saying he would...

George Osborne Tells Tory MPs 'No Shock Therapy' For The Economy

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.03.2013 | UK Politics

George Osborne has rejected calls from the right-wing of the Conservative Party that he administer "shock therapy" to the economy in order to kickstar...

Americans Are Laughing at Us and Using UK as a Case Study on Why Not to Do Austerity

Brian John Spencer | Posted 21.05.2013 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

The George Osborne budget was tepid and utterly uninspiring. To paraphrase Fraser Nelson of the Spectator, the budget was devoid of substance and replete with gestures.

Forever In Your Debt

Tony Schumacher | Posted 06.05.2013 | UK Comedy
Tony Schumacher

I'm not in the habit of quoting Shakespeare to people, I've always had a sneaking suspicion that people who quote Shakespeare are the kind of people w...

A Tale of Two Cities

Robert Mercer-Nairne | Posted 27.04.2013 | UK Politics
Robert Mercer-Nairne

There once were two great cities: Athens and Sparta. The Athenians were the first to achieve impressive wealth and for a generation the Spartans could do no more than look on in envious admiration. What was their secret, the Spartan leaders asked?

The Global Trend You Don't Yet Know About!

Vivi Friedgut | Posted 11.04.2013 | UK Tech
Vivi Friedgut

To paraphrase Plato - austerity is the mother of invention and one invention moving from revolution to movement is the share economy.

Doomsday Stagflation?

Andy Langenkamp | Posted 09.04.2013 | UK Politics
Andy Langenkamp

Doom-mongers believe politicians will choose the easy way out and put pressure on central banks to crank up the printing presses. They often point to the weakness of the international monetary system, because it is based on fiat (soft) money, which is not backed by the value from tangible materials like gold. The pessimists think a monetary system based on fiat money will rarely, if ever, exist for long because hyperinflation is inevitable.

Don't Complain if You Don't Show Up...

Vivi Friedgut | Posted 04.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Vivi Friedgut

What we know for sure, what we know for certain, is that destiny is in our hands as never before. We know that if knowledge is power then economic knowledge must be economic power and we are certain that those who raise their knowledge will be at a distinct advantage. Those that don't grab it will only have themselves to blame.

Why Do We Keep Letting Politicians Fudge the Numbers So Badly?

Justin Cash | Posted 28.03.2013 | UK Politics
Justin Cash

In times of crisis, the need for clear information is more important than ever. Crunching the numbers in a transparent way is one of the best methods of public policy formation available to us, and data concerning jobs and growth has informed many reasonable economic arguments in recent years.

Triple Dip? Maybe - Triple Crisis? Definitely

Tony Dolphin | Posted 26.03.2013 | UK Politics
Tony Dolphin

If GDP also shrinks in the first quarter of 2013, then the economy will be back in technical recession - the third recession in the space of five years. However, this still remains speculation. We will not know for sure whether the economy is back in recession for another three months.


Toni Pearce | Posted 26.03.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Toni Pearce

Asking adults aged 24 and above to pay to work, through a student loan, risks putting many people off undertaking apprenticeships and contributing towards the development of our skilled workforce. Asking people earning this level of pay to further take out a loan in order to work is simply unacceptable.

Ned Simons

David Cameron Accused Of Misleading Claim That UK's Debt Is Falling | Ned Simons | Posted 28.01.2013 | UK Politics

David Cameron has been accused of misleading voters after claiming the government was “paying down Britain’s debt”. During a Conservative Par...

351 Days Until Christmas

Vivi Friedgut | Posted 08.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Vivi Friedgut

According to Which magazine, almost 50% of Brits funded Christmas 2012 with credit. Be it a credit card, or payday loans, which almost a million families used, there will be millions of people for whom Christmas 2012 is a 2013 problem.

The Frack Farce

Dr. Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed | Posted 13.02.2013 | UK Politics
Dr. Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed

The UK government's decision to resume fracking has been welcomed by the oil industry, and widely lambasted by environmental campaigners. But to a large extent the debate about the potential of shale gas in this country has completely missed the point.

Student Killed Himself Amid Worries Over Mounting Debts

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.12.2012 | UK

A 23-year-old student took his own life after writing a suicide note on the back of a letter from the bank asking for him to repay his £3,000 overdra...

Surviving Christmas

Esther Williams | Posted 29.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Esther Williams

I think it's really important to remember the reason for the season - whether you share the Christian faith or not. At the heart of Christianity are three words: love, peace and forgiveness. My thinking is that over indulging in any of these things is unlikely to result in stress, debt - or indigestion.

When It Comes to Tackling Poverty, One Size Fails All

Ally Paget | Posted 29.01.2013 | UK Politics
Ally Paget

We are making progress in our understanding of poverty, but insisting on a single solution risks everyone falling through the net.

The Vultures vs Argentina: The Debt Case of the Century

Nick Dearden | Posted 26.01.2013 | UK
Nick Dearden

If Argentina decides to carry out its promise not to repay vulture funds, it will come under huge international pressure and economic destabilisation. If we believe that the state's first duty to its citizens' welfare rather than international markets, we must support Argentina in spite of the propaganda.

Pressure Mounts For Curbs On 'Legal Loan Sharks'

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 27.11.2012 | UK

Pressure is mounting on the House of Lords to approve tough new regulations for payday lenders like Wonga, as more than 40,000 people sign a petition ...