Jonathan Portes

Did IDS Know Universal Credit Was 'Off Track' Well Before He Admitted Failures?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 03.11.2014 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith has come under fire after one of the advisers behind his flagship benefits programme revealed that he knew it was going "off track" ...

Cameron Humiliated Over 'Baseless' Claim That Migrants Took Most UK Jobs

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK Politics

David Cameron "significantly misrepresented" official statistics to "baselessly" claim that foreign workers had taken most new jobs in Britain, the pr...

Dave Caught Out Over 'Myth' That Foreign Workers Take Most UK Jobs

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK Politics

David Cameron has been rebuked by the government's statistics watchdog for claiming that foreign workers take "most new jobs" in Britain. The Prime...

Recession May Be Over - Here's 9 Awkward Facts Osborne Would Prefer You Forget

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 09.05.2014 | UK Politics

George Osborne is set to get a massive political boost as new figures suggest that the economy is nearly back to where it was in 2008, showing a full ...

Cameron 'Should Get The Facts Right' On Welfare Reform

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK Politics

David Cameron's claim that the number of households without work doubled under the last Labour government has been disproved by the official figures. ...

Asa Bennett

Here's Why These Two Are WRONG To Say Migrants Take British Jobs

HuffingtonPost.com | Asa Bennett | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics

Did soaring immigration under the last Labour government cost British workers their jobs? That was the message from Iain Duncan Smith and Theresa ...

'Immigration Is Good For The Economy'

The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 02.09.2013 | UK Politics

Britons' fears about immigrants are misplaced, according to a leading economist - who said reduced immigration would lead to higher taxes. Jonathan...

Cuts Will Come From Whitehall Not Benefits, George Osborne Insists

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 28.05.2013 | UK Politics

George Osborne has indicated there will be no further cuts to benefits, after he revealed seven government departments had already signed up to slash ...

IDS Accused Of 'Misrepresenting' Benefit Stats

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.04.2013 | UK Politics

The work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith has been accused of "misrepresenting" statistics on welfare to falsely praise the the effects of the...

Mehdi Hasan

Norman Lamont: Cutting Spending Does Hit Growth

HuffingtonPost.com | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 21.05.2013 | UK Politics

One of the chancellor's closest allies has said that George Osborne "should stick to the strategy" of deficit reduction, despite admitting that auster...

Mehdi Hasan

Norman Lamont: Cutting Spending Does Hit Growth

HuffingtonPost.com | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 21.05.2013 | UK Politics

One of the chancellor's closest allies has said that George Osborne "should stick to the strategy" of deficit reduction, despite admitting that "no on...

Seven Facts Everyone Should Know About Immigration

Ben Mitchell | Posted 20.02.2013 | UK Politics
Ben Mitchell

Immigration is in the news once again. Not that it ever leaves it. A complex issue made harder by distortions, stereotypes, and populism. One could argue that its social and cultural effects are the trickiest to articulate and hardest to pin down. Certainly not easy to capture in a dry opinion poll.

Can We Afford to Uprate Benefits?

Jonathan Portes | Posted 09.02.2013 | UK Politics
Jonathan Portes

In the Autumn Statement the chancellor decided to cut working age benefits and tax credits, thus reversing his previous (sensible) policy of allowing the "automatic stabilisers" to operate, and ignoring the advice of the IMF.

The Autumn Statement and the OBR's Forecasts: Recovery Postponed, Again

Jonathan Portes | Posted 05.02.2013 | UK Politics
Jonathan Portes

Just as talk about a "double-dip recession" after the unusually bad second quarter growth figures was overdone, so was the euphoria about Britain "sur...

Mehdi Hasan

Jonathan Portes: Chancellor Tried To Discredit Me

HuffingtonPost.com | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 04.12.2012 | UK Politics

On the eve of the chancellor's Autumn Statement, Mehdi Hasan meets leading economist Jonathan Portes to discuss the prospects for growth, the failure ...