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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. ...

What Could Derail The Economic Recovery?

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 07.02.2014 | UK Politics

The UK economy will return to its pre-recession peak within months but "abysmal" productivity levels could throw the recovery off track, according to ...

The Liberal Democrats' Euro Election 2014 Manifesto - the truth, but not as they will tell it

Janice Atkinson | Posted 04.03.2014 | UK Politics
Janice Atkinson

Have you noticed how Cleggie's rhetoric has upscaled the immigration debate - Finnish engineers and Dutch accountants will not be able to come to Britain - why on earth not? The City of London will grind to a halt and the NHS will collapse if we left the EU.

New Research on Skilled Migration Sheds Light Within an Overheated Debate

Heather Rolfe | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Heather Rolfe

Employers across the four sectors of pharmaceuticals, IT, higher education and finance said they recruited skilled migrants where the supply of skills from within the UK is inadequate, to recruit high level skills which are in short supply world-wide and to complement the skills of non-migrants. This was at odds with the perceptions of focus group participants drawn from the general public...

Is Our Immigration Policy Ensuring that Britain's Got Talent?

Heather Rolfe | Posted 01.09.2013 | UK Politics
Heather Rolfe

Earlier this year, in a landmark speech on migration, David Cameron stated: 'We want the brightest and best innovators and entrepreneurs to choose Britain as the best place to start their next businesses'... How well is this route working?

Chancellor Should Heed IMF Advice and Increase Infrastructure Spending Now

Duncan Weldon | Posted 22.07.2013 | UK Politics
Duncan Weldon

In most circumstances today's IMF report would be taken as a pretty damning indictment of the state of the economy and our prospects for recovery. However, because the IMF has stopped short of openly calling for a "plan B" the Chancellor's allies appear to be classifying this as a victory.

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...

When It Comes to Migration, There Are No Winners in the Numbers Game

Heather Rolfe | Posted 04.06.2013 | UK Politics
Heather Rolfe

The UK is not a favoured destination for Romanians and Bulgarians, with Spain, Italy and Germany more attractive to prospective migrants. However, there is still considerable uncertainty, since migration is highly dependent on economic, political and social factors in sending and potential host countries.

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...

Could GDP Shrink By 0.5% This Year?

PA | Posted 03.08.2012 | UK

Britain's GDP will shrink by 0.5% in 2012, a leading economic thinktank forecast today in one of the gloomiest assessments yet of the state of the eco...

The UK Economy Has A 50% Chance Of Recession, Says Think Tank

Huffington Post UK | Peter Guest | Posted 02.01.2012 | UK

The UK economy will grow slower in 2012 than it did this year, according to a new report from the National Institute for Economic and Social Research ...

Rising Immigration 'Driven By Policy, Not The Economy'

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 26.11.2011 | UK

Government policy, not the economy, is the overwhelming driver of immigration to the UK, according to research. Changes to the UK's immigration pol...