UK Recovery

Osborne Gets Some Great Economic News

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics

George Osborne has received a massive boost this week as the International Monetary Fund sharply upgraded its growth forecast for the UK. As expec...

Divorce Recovery Time and Why You Can't Cheat the Clock

Maria Chiorando | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maria Chiorando

The worst thing is the backsliding. It happens, and you just have to accept it. This is apparently one of the things that hits a lot of people the hardest: you're chugging along doing fine, and then it kicks you in the guts, as visceral as it is emotional. It's a cruel intrusion into your belief that you were doing well, and stirs up all kind of worries...

UK To Replace Germany As Europe's Top Economy By 2030

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 26.12.2013 | UK

Britain will leapfrog Germany and France to be Europe's top economy within two decades, according to a new report. The think tank Centre for Econom...

UK Economy To Fully Recover Next Year (Finally!)

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics

Britain is finally set to leave behind the economic downturn next year as its economy soars past its pre-recession peak, the British Chambers of Comme...

Your Pay Won't Be Back To Normal For Years

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 09.12.2013 | UK Politics

Annual wage rises will not return to their historic norm of around 2% for a couple of years, the head of the UK's official fiscal watchdog has told MP...

Recovery? Numbers You Won't Hear The Chancellor Mention

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 04.12.2013 | UK Politics

The chancellor George Osborne will rise to the despatch box after 11am on Thursday to present his Autumn Statement to the House of Commons - and to th...

Dealing With Toronto's Mayor Two - Enabling, Denial, Disease and Blah, Blah, Blah...

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

Just as most murderers are not absolved by reason of insanity, most people who misbehave in public when tipsy (e.g., urinating for the crowd) are not necessarily diseased - some people are just rude and crude, without any medical qualification.

Bulgarians at the Gates

Boyan S. Benev | Posted 26.01.2014 | UK Politics
Boyan S. Benev

Our absolute focus must be on nurturing and fuelling this recovery based on lessons learnt from the past. Any distraction from a laser-sharp focus on recovery is at best a set-back and at worst a threat to sustaining the momentum necessary to get us, and keep us, out of danger.

Why Alcohol Awareness Week Does More Harm Than Good

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

The people of the North East do not need Alcohol Awareness. Or drinking statistics. Or minimum unit pricing. Or weaker alcohol strengths. We do not need a gaggle of experts to discuss what is best for us. We do not need yet more segregation. To be told alcoholism is a disease, a mental illness.

Economic Recovery That Suits Some and Ignores the Rest

Phil Shanks | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Phil Shanks

There is little doubt in my mind that the stronger economic news shows the economy is on the move but its current trajectory is to a recovery that suits some and ignores the rest...

The Recovery Delusion

Margaret Heffernan | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Margaret Heffernan

The numbers that proclaim recovery are of course GDP: that profoundly irrational statistic that sees more growth in disaster relief than disaster prevention, that grows with war and floods but never measures educational attainment or physical health. With a data point that skewed, it's no wonder our current bad news is trumpeted as good news.

For Whose Benefit?

Dr Steve McCabe | Posted 29.12.2013 | UK Politics
Dr Steve McCabe

Last week's GDP figures are undoubtedly good in that there is a return to overall growth. The problem is that once you examine the data there is little to demonstrate that we have moved away from reliance on precisely the sectors and behaviour that got us into the financial mess in the first place.

What's My Age Again?

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 25.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

I'm sat in a coffee shop at a table next to two impossibly young women. They are luminescent with the kind of ethereal beauty that comes with some types of youth... Not mine.

In One Speech, Ed Miliband Has Done More for Small Business Than This Government Has in Three Years

Simon Danczuk | Posted 24.11.2013 | UK Politics
Simon Danczuk

Labour understands that the people who go out and work long, hard hours to build up a business and create wealth and value to communities are not simply Treasury cash cows. They need help and support. The Tories have long forgotten this.

Orthorexia Nervosa in Recovery: It's Time to Talk

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 16.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

There's something really wrong with me, isn't there? It's not normal to live like this, is it? Words I'd been too afraid to speak, a kaleidoscope of thoughts that had been free-wheeling around my head formless for so long-now clicking into place with frightening clarity.

Dream Your Way to Recovery

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 21.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

Don't let anyone laugh at your dreams. Or let them tell you they can't become a reality. Sick or well. People used to laugh at me all the time, which is fine, some of my dreams seemed fairly ridiculous.

Carney's Forward Guidance Falling on Deaf Ears So Far

Jeremy Cook | Posted 07.10.2013 | UK Politics
Jeremy Cook

The issue that I've raised the most in the past year or so is not inflation, but the difference between inflation and wage settlements. Especially with the decrease in the savings ratio of late, as people attempt to keep their lifestyle going by raiding savings pots, price increases and their relation to wages are key to the survival of the recovery. Without one, we cannot have the other.

Quarterly Inflation Report Will Be the Litmus Test for UK's Fledgling Economic Recovery

Jeremy Cook | Posted 01.10.2013 | UK Politics
Jeremy Cook

Next week is a big week for the new Governor of the Bank of England, and the UK economy as a whole. Wednesday at 09.30 will see Carney take the stage, the pound take a dive and the nation will hold its breath. By the end of Carney's first Quarterly Inflation Report we should have a much better idea of what we can expect next.

‘Osborne's Jobless Recovery'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 02.08.2013 | UK Politics

Unemployment risks remaining stubbornly at around 2.5 million people over the next few years, leading economists have warned. Forecasters predicte...

Latest Sales Numbers Confirm That UK Is Very Much a Nation of Shoppers, Rather Than Shopkeepers

Jeremy Cook | Posted 17.09.2013 | UK
Jeremy Cook

This week's sales numbers showed a slight increase in retail sales and did well to improve on the 2.1% increase made in May. Notes and noises from the retail sector have been encouraging of late. Data from the British Retail Consortium has begun to shown an increase in sales volumes, whilst consumer confidence has moved to the highest level since October 2010.

Who is the Addict? Part Two

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 03.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

A few days back, I published a piece right here titled: What's in a Word, and Who is the Addict? I really only dealt with the first part of the question: semantic pros and cons pertaining to word usage. This time, I wish the address the second question - a far more difficult question than the first.

Wedding Season - A Sober Affair?

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 04.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

A wedding can be many things depending on whereabouts you are on the sliding scale of alcohol abuse-to-alcoholism. If you're abusing it to the point people haven't really picked up on yet, then it's a great excuse to drink in a dysfunctional way with people who don't have alcohol problems... If you're at the stage where you suspect you have a problem and everyone around you shares that suspicion, then its stressful.

Carney Will Be Hoping His 'Lucky Streak' Continues

Jeremy Cook | Posted 02.09.2013 | UK Politics
Jeremy Cook

Monday saw the highest reading for the UK manufacturing PMI in two years, and it was the 3rd consecutive time that the sector had beat analyst's expectations. The crucial new orders component that tends to suggest whether demand will be continual, as opposed to stop/start, also rose to the highest level since February 2011.

What's in a Word, and Who is the Addict?

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 31.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

So I use the term 'addict' to describe a certain type of person. Many object to this designation. For one, there is stigma attached to it. Practically everyone you know has been carried away at some point by some poison - exercise, love, sex, gambling, tobacco, coffee, food, booze, dope, work - some object that everyone is (or has been) an addict. Hence, according to some, the label is meaningless.

Improving Labour Market Gives UK Recovery Real Momentum

Jeremy Cook | Posted 12.08.2013 | UK
Jeremy Cook

Today's unemployment numbers are not strong enough to definitely say the recovery is well on its way, but the figures are encouraging.