UK Recession

UK Housing: Making the Long Journey Home

Peter Rolton | Posted 08.09.2014 | 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 25.07.2014 | 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.

Europe's Recession-Hit Economies Must Say 'Si' to Creativity

Johan Fourie | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK
Johan Fourie

It is a truism that creativity can create something special from nothing; just look at the "starving artist" ideal made popular by Picasso and Modigliani, Orwell's Road to Wigan Pier, or today's recession-busting artists such as Banksy...

Parents' Problems Hit Children the Hardest in Tough Economic Times

Dame Clare Tickell | Posted 12.02.2014 | UK
Dame Clare Tickell

Poverty and parents who struggle always have and always will impact on children profoundly, which is why it's so important these families get the help they need from organisations like ours.

Small Business Saturday UK - Celebrating the Backbone of Our Economy

Maite Baron | Posted 27.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

Small Business Saturday UK (7th December 2013), born in the USA as a way to get more consumers to shop within their own communities, has now migrated to this side of The Pond, and with very good reason.

Time For Us All to Come Out of Recession

Jessica McGregor Johnson | Posted 27.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jessica McGregor Johnson

The good news was announced a couple of weeks ago, - the UK is coming out of recession! I think that this is also a good time to take stock and work out what we want now that the feeling of fear, contraction and stuck-ness has begun to lift.

Has The Recession Driven People To Take Legal Highs?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 26.11.2013 | UK Politics

Britain's economic recession could have driven more people to legal highs to "help them through", drug experts have warned. Speaking to the Huffing...

Five Ways to Start a Business and Create Your Own Legacy

Maite Baron | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

moving away from corporate life to start a new venture is a big step to take, but it can be a life-changing leap forward, as those who have done it have found. And by doing the same you will have the opportunity to make your mark on the world in a way that would never be possible if you stay with a corporate organisation.

Don't Die Before Your Time, Say Goodbye to Stress Before it's Too Late

Maite Baron | Posted 07.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

In the biggest survey of its kind in the UK, a YouGov survey for major health insurer Bupa has revealed just how stressed we are here in Britain.

Poorna Bell

Nearly 50% Of Brits Suffer From Long Term Stress - Are You One Of Them?

HuffingtonPost.com | Poorna Bell | Posted 06.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Feeling like you're close to breaking point once in a while is perfectly human, but feeling like that all the time certainly isn't. In an extensiv...

There Is Something Wrong With Osbornomics

Alan Wyllie | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Alan Wyllie

Don't you just love Tory Britain? It seems that everyone except big business and the most affluent should bear the brunt of austerity, a botched economic theory which has failed whenever it has been applied. While ordinary folk are suffering from austere Osbornomics, the rich and big business are rubbing their hands with increased profits and bonuses.

Revealed: How The Recession Has Affected Our Eating And Drinking Habits

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Struggling households are turning to cheaper, fattier food to help keep bills down in the wake of the recession but the quality of produce is plummeti...