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The Wrong Spending, for the Wrong Reasons

Natalie Bennett | Posted 03.12.2014 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

The public seem less convinced by the failed politics and failed economics of the past than ever. What people do want to see is a credible alternative to austerity that holds out hope for the future and removes fear and insecurity from people's lives.... As opinion polls show clearly, the British people don't believe in George Osborne's 'long-term economic plan'. And nor, it seems, does he.

Paying the Living Wage: Good for Workers, Good for the Economy

Frances O’Grady | Posted 03.11.2014 | UK Politics
Frances O’Grady

The simple truth is that many employers can afford to pay more. For large companies in sectors such as food production, banking, construction and software/computing - which employ over 1 million low- wage workers - paying all staff the living wage would mean an increase of less than 0.5 per cent of the total wage bill.

Two Hugely Awkward Budget Graphs Osborne Would Rather You Didn't See

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 20.03.2014 | UK Politics

George Osborne admitted in his Budget that "we still don't export enough", telling MPs of his commitment to change that after four years. "I want t...

Osborne's Budget 2014: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Ryan Bourne | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK Politics
Ryan Bourne

With the fiscal situation still tight, and a year to go before an election in which the Chancellor will accuse the opposition of fiscal profligacy, it was never likely that this was going to be a particularly exciting budget - and so it proved.

The UK Economy Is Not Becoming More Resilient

Tony Dolphin | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK Politics
Tony Dolphin

In his budget speech, the Chancellor said that he wanted Britain to have more economic resilience. The economic recovery that his polices are delivering is unlikely to achieve this aim.

Where Are the Women Who Will Raise Their Voices for Those Raped, Hit, and Attacked for Being Women?

Skin | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Skin

This Friday, I'll be taking to the stage in Trafalgar Square, and shouting from the top of my lungs that we do not have to be fed up, that we do not have to accept this. At midday I'll be joining One Billion Rising, a global campaign that has made it its mission to end violence against women, and rising up for justice for women here in the UK and far further afield. We will call for political change, from mandatory sex education in schools, action to ensure that women in immigration detention centres are safe from violence, and the repeal of visa laws that tie domestic workers to their employers and put them at serious risk of exploitation. We will dance and sing - and we will make ourselves heard.

The Deficit is Falling!

Jonathan Portes | Posted 23.06.2013 | UK Politics
Jonathan Portes

There's nothing in economic theory that says you pause a third of the way through a deficit reduction programme which has gone way off track; nor does the fiscal framework, now effectively defunct with the abandonment of the debt target, dictate this approach.

Home Time: Why We Need to Boost Housing Supply in Our Growing Cities Now

Ben Harrison | Posted 28.05.2013 | UK Politics
Ben Harrison

As well as targeting specific funds to get stalled schemes in our most buoyant cities moving, we need to see more autonomy for cities to drive investment in new housing. By removing the restrictions on councils' ability to borrow money against their existing housing assets to invest in new housing, industry experts suggest councils could borrow an additional £2.8bn to invest in new housing.

The Real Story Behind This Week's New Job Numbers

James Plunkett | Posted 22.05.2013 | UK Politics
James Plunkett

Amidst this week's economic gloom were two bright spots of the jobs market. First, new stats from the ONS led to widespread reports that employment had again reached record levels, with the number of people in work rising 131,000 in the quarter to 29.7 million. Then the OBR upgraded its forecasts for employment over the next few years.

'We've Cut the Deficit by a Third' - True - Here's What the Chancellor Didn't Say

Jonathan Portes | Posted 21.05.2013 | UK Politics
Jonathan Portes

The first substantive line of George Osborne's budget speech was: "We've now cut the deficit not by a quarter, but by a third". This might be surprising to anybody who read my earlier blog here, which pointed out that the deficit had (measured on a rolling twelve- month basis) been rising, not falling, for the last year or so.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: The No-Growth Budget

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 21.03.2013 | UK Politics

The ten things you need to know on Thursday 21 March 2013... 1) THE NO-GROWTH BUDGET It's the morning after - and the chancellor George Osborne ...

Ned Simons

David Cameron Reprimanded For Making Misleading Economy Claim, Again

HuffingtonPost.com | Ned Simons | Posted 08.03.2013 | UK Politics

David Cameron has been rebuked for giving a misleading account of his government's economic record, after he claimed the Office for Budget Responsibil...

One Billion Rising - A Woman's Experience of Domestic Violence and Gang Related Crime

Mary Griffiths Clarke | Posted 01.05.2013 | UK Politics
Mary Griffiths Clarke

In this experimental piece I attempted to convey the confusion associated with domestic violence and leaving a partner you love by speeding up and slowing down the footage depending upon the point in the narrative.

The Natalie Gyte Monologues

Kaizaad Kotwal | Posted 27.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Kaizaad Kotwal

Rarely, in recent memory, has something I read crawled so under my skin. I chanced upon Natalie Gyte's vitriolic and irrational diatribe against Eve Ensler and her recently launched One Billion Rising (OBR) campaign right before I was about to go to bed. The factual, philosophical and logical craters in Gyte's essay 'Why I Won't Support One Billion Rising' swallowed my sleep for the night. But what truly kept me awake were the unnecessary personal attacks against a brave woman and her path-breaking work.

Can You Really Trust The Growth Forecasts?

The Huffington Post UK | Christopher York | Posted 03.02.2013 | UK Politics

The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) slashed it's forecast for growth on Wednesday as the Chancellor, George Osborne, warned that austerity coul...

What Should We Take From The Latest Growth Forecasts?

The Huffington Post UK | Christopher York | Posted 05.12.2012 | UK Politics

The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) slashed it's forecast for growth on Wednesday as the Chancellor, George Osborne, warns that austerity could...

Osborne Preparing To Drop His Debt Target

Huffington Post UK | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 12.09.2012 | UK Politics

Do you remember George Osborne’s first “emergency” budget in June 2010? The chancellor of the exchequer argued that “in order to place our fis...

UK Growth Forecast Expected To Be Slashed

PA | Posted 27.01.2012 | UK

A gloomy economic forecast from the independent tax and spending watchdog is set to throw a spanner in the works of the Chancellor's plans to get the ...

IMF: 'Bumpy And Uneven Recovery' Ahead If Growth Does Not Return

Press Association | Press Association | Posted 01.10.2011 | UK

PRESS ASSOCIATION -- Britain will have a "bumpy and uneven recovery" and ministers must be ready to change economic policy if growth and inflation do ...