UK Recession

Leaving Was Never My Proud

Deirdre Collins | Posted 04.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Deirdre Collins

Traveling is exciting but not when it's forced upon you. Slowly things began to change, in trickles at first and suddenly a large proportion of my peers had moved abroad, some to the UK others Canada, Australia and it seems everywhere in between.

Should Britain Have Joined the Euro?

Sarah Willis | Posted 02.06.2015 | UK Politics
Sarah Willis

We should look to the biggest economic of recent events to find our answer. The 2008 crash and following recession is still shaping the economic situation across Europe. The Euro is struggling against the sterling, so does that mean we made the right choice?

Latest Income Figures Are Very Depressing If You're Under 30...

PA | Posted 04.03.2015 | UK

Average household incomes are back to the levels they were at before the financial downturn struck, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has found, ...

What a Load of Balls

Eugene Smith | Posted 21.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Eugene Smith

After all, the more pertinent issue to consider when deciding who to vote for should be the government's record, and not - as the media sees fit to imply - the aesthetics of the opposition leader's consumption of bacon f***ing sandwiches.

More Needs to Be Done to Boost UK Exports

Tony Dolphin | Posted 08.04.2015 | UK Politics
Tony Dolphin

An industrial strategy that focuses on clusters would be a strategic departure from the approach of much of the last three decades, when growth has been promoted through mainly sector-neutral horizontal policies. But without a shift of this nature, there is little prospect of the export revival that the Chancellor was hoping for when he set his target, and little hope of a rebalancing of the economy.

Traditional Right-of-Centre Economics Will Not Turn the Tide of Stagnating Wages and Rising Inequality

Ed Balls | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK Politics
Ed Balls

Delivering stronger economic growth and sustained rises in living standards for all working people is the economic policy challenge for our generation. A new progressive policy agenda is needed to achieve this. And it won't come by either turning our backs on the world economy, or hoping that traditional right-of-centre economics - laissez-faire, trickle-down, deregulation - is going to turn the tide of stagnating wages and rising inequality. That's the conclusion of the Commission on Inclusive Prosperity, which I have co-chaired with former US Treasury Secretary Larry Summers and reports today.

Are We Still a Super Power?

Clive Norman | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK
Clive Norman

If we are then what are the benefits for us as a people of this Superpower? We are told that we benefit from trade deals here and there. But what is the reality? Are we as a population kidding ourselves that we are still a world power? Or is it more of an egotistical and superior belief that we are better than others who are not 'world powers'?

Cameron's G20 Reflections Don't Make For Cheery Reading

Press Association | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK

David Cameron warned a fresh global economic disaster could be looming as Ebola, conflict in the Middle East and Russia's interventions in Ukraine thr...

Angry C4 Economics Editor Gives Refreshingly Brutal Rant About The Banks

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 13.11.2014 | UK

Sick and tired of dodgy bankers getting away with screwing up the economy for the rest of us? So is Channel 4 News' economics editor, who has been ref...

Book Review: Tim Congdon's 'Money in a Free Society'

Joe Storey | Posted 28.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Joe Storey

Long a monetarist advocate, Tim Congdon's distinguished career involved roles in the City of London and as a key advisor to the Thatcher government. To this day, Money in a Free Society remains one of the only critiques of the financial crisis from a monetarist standpoint.

UK Housing: Making the Long Journey Home

Peter Rolton | Posted 05.11.2014 | UK
Peter Rolton

When the recession hit, it wiped out livelihoods and decimated entire markets. In the face of a global slump, Britain's housing sector was no exception; buyers couldn't afford to buy and builders couldn't afford to build. Over the course of several years, the pace of the property market dropped from jet stream to tumbleweed and the UK was left with an increasingly problematic housing deficit.

Working For Yourself? The Recession May Have Hit You Hardest

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK Politics

Self-employed Britons have been worst hit by the recession, as their income has fallen by £2,000 on average, according to analysis published by Labou...

GDP Figures: How the Economy Recovered Should Be Cause for Caution

Spencer Thompson | Posted 24.09.2014 | UK Politics
Spencer Thompson

Friday's preliminary GDP estimate for the second quarter of 2014 shows an economy growing at 0.8% a quarter, and recovering it's pre-recession level of output. It would be wrong to take this as a sign of 'business-as-usual' however, when fundamental problems with the UK economy remain.

Why the Tories Have to Go in 2015

Bradley Allsop | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Allsop

The Tory government have the audacity to parade their poisonous set of policies as a panacea, when really it is just towing the line of a proven disastrous dogma - neo-liberalism... If the Tories win the next election - there will be another recession, and inequality will get worse.

Living Below the Line

Leeanne Boulton | Posted 29.08.2014 | UK
Leeanne Boulton

Myself and my regional team are joining thousands of people across the world by taking part in the Live Below the Line Challenge. For 5 days, we will be living on £1 a day for food and drink, with the aim of raising funds for Oxfam, to help improve the lives of the world's poorest, at home and abroad...

Is the Next Generation Doomed?

John Coldicutt | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK Politics
John Coldicutt

Unemployment is always at the heart of the news agenda and last month people began eulogising over a five year low of 2.2 million in the UK. This is of course great news, the more people we have in employment, the more stable our economy is and this can only drive further growth...

Switching off the Power to Keep the Lights Switched On

Peter Rolton | Posted 16.08.2014 | UK
Peter Rolton

Successive governments have categorically failed to listen to the warning signs vocalised by the very industry whose co-operation they're now relying on to prevent blackouts, an industry that has watched with increasing anxiety as spare capacity drops ever closer to zero...

Landmark European Elections Deliver Political Earthquake

Andrew Hammond | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK Politics
Andrew Hammond

Voters from the 28 member nations of the European Union delivered an election earthquake on May 25. Results show major gains in the European Parliament for anti-integration, Euroskeptic parties which span the ideological spectrum from the extreme-right National Front which won the ballot in France, to the far-left Syriza Party which came first in Greece.

If the Recession Is Over, It's Time to Applaud the Great British Fashion Industry

Sara McCorquodale | Posted 20.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sara McCorquodale

While everyone would probably agree life would be better if the bubble hadn't burst, the way the fashion industry has grown and evolved in the face of reduced investment and spend is truly extraordinary.

We Need to Talk About Ireland

Colm OGorman | Posted 25.05.2014 | UK Politics
Colm OGorman

As I walked along another Dublin street last week, exactly three decades later, I remembered that younger me. And I reached out, back in time, to him: to remember him, and to bring him into my mind and my heart as I headed into the Mansion House.

One Point of View

Ajith Jayawickrema | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK
Ajith Jayawickrema

Given that we've been in one of the longest recessionary periods in recent history, it made me wonder: if each business or authority had chosen to present "one point of view", might we have come out of the recession sooner?

Escaping Burnout and Embracing the Joy of Missing Out - a Hot New Trend

Maite Baron | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

Everything changes at the turn of the year. At least it feels that way having had a needed break from work and the opportunity to spend time with family and friends. It also offers the chance to consider what the brand new year might bring and contemplate how we are going to make 2014 one of our best years yet.

Is Style Going Out of Fashion?

Jason Holmes | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jason Holmes

So London man, by tradition, owns a mind as sharp as the crease in his trousers. But of late, tradition is being challenged by a conspicuous interloper of indeterminate persuasions.

Whose Recovery Is It Anyway? The Appalling Inequality Behind Britain's Two-Tier Economy

Andrew Smith | Posted 28.02.2014 | UK Politics
Andrew Smith

If we were to judge the wellbeing of the nation by the changing skyline of the City of London or the number of designer handbags then we would be on the verge entering a new golden age. However this only tells one side of the story, the other is told by widespread political apathy, increasing household debts and the ever-growing queues at food banks and pay day loan companies.

10 Reasons Why a Social Media Strategy Is the New CV

Maite Baron | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK
Maite Baron

When we're all so committed to being online, it seems surprising that many professionals and managers, along with those giving careers advice still haven't realised that a professional social media strategy is now a must.