UK Economics

Low-Income Families Left Stranded As Concentrix Failed To Answer 62,000 Calls In One Month, Damning Report Finds

The Huffington Post | Martha Gill | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Politics

Low-earning families were left stranded as a firm employed by the Government to help cut tax credit fraud left 62,000 calls unanswered in one month, a...

May Threatens Brussels With UK 'Hard Brexit' Tax Haven Plan

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 16.01.2017 | UK Politics

Britain is ready to become an aggressive tax haven if the EU fails to agree the right Brexit trade deal, Downing Street has warned. Theresa May’s of...

With Economics In Disarray, It's Time To Rethink Climate Change

Chris Shaw | Posted 06.01.2017 | UK Politics
Chris Shaw

Someone said that a human doesn't know what it means to live until they have planted trees under whose shade they will never sit. Surely that kind of wisdom has more to teach us than economics ever has or ever will.

Leadsom Hints Farmers Will Still Hire EU Migrants After Brexit

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 04.01.2017 | UK Politics

Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom has hinted that thousands of EU migrants will continue to be hired by British farmers after Brexit. The Cabinet m...

Now A So-Called 'Clean Brexit' Could Deliver '£24 Billion Benefit'

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 27.12.2016 | UK

The UK economy could benefit by £24 billion a year - more than £450 million a week - by leaving the European single market and customs union, a pro-...

Brexit To Send UK Economy Plummeting Down Global Scale To 8th Place

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 26.12.2016 | UK

The Brexit-hit pound will diminish the UK’s economic power and send it crashing down the table of the world’s largest economies to eighth place by...

If 2016 Has Proven Anything It's That The Private Sector Has Failed Public Service

Euan Healey | Posted 23.12.2016 | UK
Euan Healey

Here’s How The Money You Donated Will Help The People Of Aleppo

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 23.12.2016 | UK

Aid workers helping in Syria have warned that access to medical and life-saving assistance, including food, remains “atrociously insignificant” in...

Tory Tax Avoidance Crackdown Missed Forecast By £2.6bn, Says New Analysis

The Huffington Post | Martha Gill | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK Politics

A flagship Tory scheme to crack down on tax avoidance has fallen short of its forecast by £2.6bn, new analysis shows. A Labour Party report used figu...

Top 10 'Dog-Ate-My-Homework' Excuses For Late Tax Returns

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 10.01.2017 | UK Politics

Yacht fires, pesky wasps and children’s scribble are among a string of ‘dog ate my homework’ excuses from the public for late tax returns, HM Re...

Priti Patel Defends Giving £5m In Foreign Aid To Ethiopian Girl Band

The Huffington Post | Martha Gill | Posted 19.12.2016 | UK Politics

International Development Secretary Priti Patel has defended handing £5m to a five-member Ethiopian pop group, but hinted the decision could be revie...

Unite General Secretary Candidate Gerard Coyne Slams Labour MP Over Strike Comments

The Huffington Post | Ned Simons | Posted 19.12.2016 | UK Politics

"If they're not careful (unions) could be shooting themselves in the foot." @Meg_HillierMP on Christmas strikes— Murnaghan (...

Come What May: The Autumn Statement And Beyond

Dan Corry | Posted 16.12.2016 | UK Politics
Dan Corry

With the dust having settled a bit, what should we make of the inaugural fiscal event of the May premiership, the Autumn Statement? From one level it...

There's A Cafe In Paris Where You Can Only Pay With Energy

Jo Carrigan | Posted 03.01.2017 | UK Tech

2016 has brought many new things to the world, but the ‘pay with energy’ café in Paris is a first. Launched yesterday, customers were encouraged ...

Should Happiness Be An Economic Priority?

Danielle Cuaycong | Posted 14.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Danielle Cuaycong

A double in a person's pay led to less than a 0.2 increase for their happiness on a scale of one to ten. In spite of that, love seems to be the key to happiness with the presence of a partner resulting in their happiness increasing by 0.6 on the same scale. Furthermore, having depression and anxiety resulted in a 0.7 reduction in happiness, alongside the loss of a partner impelling a decreasing plunge in happiness.

How To Assess The Value Of Your Creative Work

Leila Johnston | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK
Leila Johnston

We'd all like to get paid more for what we do. But we have a habit of feeling our stuff is impossible to value because we develop an emotional, personal relationship with it. Doing business with our creative outputs can feel like selling off a section of our very soul.

Millennials - The Generation Of Waste

Sam Williams | Posted 02.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Sam Williams

Growing up, I remember faulty appliances being fixed by either my grandad or at a local repair shop - where a man with a never-ending array of tools would get the job done. We bought when we needed, not when we wanted. We wasted nothing. And I'm not talking about the middle of the 20th Century; I grew up in the late 90's.

Ebola, One Year On: The Political Economy Of Life And Death

Yannis Gourtsoyannis | Posted 15.11.2016 | UK
Yannis Gourtsoyannis

Last week Sierra Leone marked the first anniversary of the declaration of the end of the Ebola outbreak by the World Health Organisation (WHO). A tot...

Why Do We Need Superhuman Capital? And How Can We Get It?

Michael Mercieca | Posted 03.11.2016 | UK
Michael Mercieca

OK, we know the robots are coming and they're very intelligent, if only 'artificially' so. And we know that they will be taking over tens of millions of white collar jobs over the next five to10 years. But before we all decide to just give up work, let's remember that we will still need humans - but they need to be Superhumans.

This Morrisons Price Rise Will Leave Marmite-Lovers Seriously Worried

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 29.10.2016 | UK

Morrisons has jacked up the price of Marmite by 12.5%, weeks after a public spat between Tesco and Unilever erupted over the love-it-or-hate-it spread...

Brexit - What Next? The Utility Of A Historical Assessment?

Martin Robson | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK Politics
Martin Robson

The historical record shows us that when faced with European economic and political exclusion Britons have tried to achieve their political and economic security through overseas, primarily, transatlantic connections. When we consider recent events in Europe and Europe's near abroad, it is again to those connections that Britain is likely to turn for peace and prosperity.

If Governments Only Cared About Happiness, What Would They Spend On?

Izzy McRae | Posted 09.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Izzy McRae

Finally, as individuals, we can attempt to tackle the issues of adaption and comparison directly. We can try to avoid comparing ourselves to others, and try to adapt to negative things quickly while staying appreciative of positive things. But governments can't do this for us. Or can they? Possibly through education, but I think I'll tackle that another time.

Contraction Over! What Now For The UK Economy?

Kitty Ussher | Posted 06.09.2016 | UK Politics
Kitty Ussher

What we are seeing now is similar to a couple that decide to separate but haven't actually done so yet. The children, initially shocked, continue with their normal routine until the change actually happens. It's there in the background but not in the day-to-day.

The Falling Value Of The Pound: What It Means For Us

Vikram Kumar Khosla | Posted 18.08.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Vikram Kumar Khosla

As the ambiguity continues, the short and long term effects are yet to be seen clearly and what sale they are at, so overall it is early to come to a conclusion. Nevertheless, the recovery of the pound will take some time and will come at a price.

What does Digital R&D Mean in the Arts? What's The Value in the Arts Economy?

Leila Johnston | Posted 20.07.2016 | UK Tech
Leila Johnston

But there's another economy which does reward work which is exploratory in and of itself. "R&D in the arts" seems to be quite a new thing, inspired by the digital model, but not motivated by financial revenue. I worry about the arts taking on the mantle, because R&D and innovation are terms with such an overwhelming direction built in to them