UK Spending

What Kind Of Holiday Spender Are You?

By Ruth D'Alessandro | Phillip Othen | Posted 16.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Summer is fast approaching and, for most British people, this can only mean one thing – it is time for a holiday. We all look forward to our holida...

The Myth of Taxpayer Money

Christopher Bacon | Posted 09.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Christopher Bacon

We are told, time and time again, that the government should spend taxpayer money wisely, efficiently, and sustainably. Often these pronouncements are followed by promises to use taxpayer money well by cutting government spending and making efficiency improvements. There is an assumption behind these statements that is utterly inaccurate and dishonest, however. Namely, that there is such a thing as "taxpayer money."

These Apps Will Help You Save Cash, Stick To A Budget & Get Great Discounts

The Huffington Post UK | Jennifer Barton | Posted 16.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle

There's an app for just about everything these days, but not all apps are created equal. Some apps can help you reduce your spending, save cash, o...

Here's How To Make A January Budget You Can Stick To

Posted 16.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Copy the code below to embed this infographic on your site:...

Milly and the Decline in Social Care

Caroline Abrahams | Posted 23.10.2015 | UK
Caroline Abrahams

Unless the social care funding position improves the future looks bleak for older people like Milly and hundreds of thousands like her. It also threatens to bring our hospitals to a grinding halt, because every day many older people are in hospital beds when really they are medically fit to go home, owing simply to a shortage of social care.

The Path to Ruin or Prosperity

Christopher Bacon | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Christopher Bacon

In the build up to the May general election, David Cameron has issued a stark warning that voting for Labour (or presumably anyone other than the Conservatives) means "choosing the path to ruin."

Students Spend £170 on Christmas

Owen Burek | Posted 20.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Owen Burek

77% of students admitted that they will struggle financially this Christmas, with many spending beyond their means. Despite this, only 57% have saved any money to tide them through this money-tight period.

Cable Slams 'Extreme' Osborne, Says Tories 'Let Off The Leash'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Jessica Elgot | Posted 14.12.2014 | UK Politics

Conservative spending plans would reduce Britain's armed forces to a "largely ceremonial role" and "destroy" public services, Business Secretary Vince...

How Much Is Enough?

Amisha Bhavsar | Posted 12.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Amisha Bhavsar

'I want, I want, I want!' We all have greed for one thing or another. Are you aware of your 'wants'? When you get what you want, do you find yourself wanting more? And when you get it all, are you satisfied? For how long?

Andy Burnham, Save Our NHS!

Jake Hurfurt | Posted 11.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jake Hurfurt

There really is a problem in our NHS, and it has been made clear, much of the gloom in our NHS is down to Cameron's anti-democratic reorganisation... we cannot cut spending in a time where more and more people need our NHS. We must ensure the best possible care is available to everyone in our country, including social care and mental health provision.

The Magic Men Making Us Broke

Vivi Friedgut | Posted 11.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Vivi Friedgut

Companies design for planned obsolescence - so that products breakdown forcing us to buy more and more often. But it was us that created psychological obsolescence. We want the newest, shiniest whatever the second it is available regardless of whether the slightly older, slightly less shiny thing is still working perfectly or is in no way demonstrably inferior.

Another Nasty Tory Policy in the Making?

Bob Morgan | Posted 16.02.2014 | UK Politics
Bob Morgan

A Tory MP has floated the idea of only paying child benefit for the first two children of any unemployed people. Those actually in work on less than £30,000 a year would only be given child tax credits, worth £2725, for the first two children they have according to this proposal.

Who'll Spend The Most On Christmas Gifts This Year?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 13.12.2013 | UK

Scots have defied their spendthrift stereotype as a new survey has found they are set to be the biggest spenders on Christmas presents in Britain, spl...

The Autumn Statement: Will Capping Welfare Help Vulnerable Families?

Dame Clare Tickell | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Politics
Dame Clare Tickell

If Chancellor George Osborne caps welfare spending without thinking enough about those in dire need, he is at risk of making a short-sighted mistake for which children will pay the highest price. We have already seen an increasing number of children getting help only when they reach crisis point which, for many, is often too late.

The Autumn Statement: Will Capping Welfare Help Vulnerable Families?

Dame Clare Tickell | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Politics
Dame Clare Tickell

If Chancellor George Osborne caps welfare spending without thinking enough about those in dire need, he is at risk of making a short-sighted mistake for which children will pay the highest price. We have already seen an increasing number of children getting help only when they reach crisis point which, for many, is often too late.

FIA Serious About Cutting Costs in F1

Todd McCandless | Posted 17.11.2013 | UK Sport
Todd McCandless

If you've ever created a personal budget, you know that cutting costs can be difficult. If your local town, city or state government were to swoop in and create the budget for you and then monitor your spending levels, that would even be more difficult. That is basically what the FIA are suggesting in the latest comments from Jean Todt.

My Shopping Obsession

Harriet Williamson | Posted 29.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Harriet Williamson

I browse for clothes online every day and go into town to look for new items twice a week. I have at least sixty dresses. I'm also a student. If there's a rehab for clothes addicts, I'm definitely checking in.

The NHS: 'First Get the Facts - You Can Distort Them Later'

John Appleby | Posted 16.09.2013 | UK Politics
John Appleby

Could the NHS have done better? Of course. Is the NHS 'fixed'? Well, it's hard to know quite what that means. But even at a time when the money was flowing it seems the NHS managed to squeeze a bit extra out of every health care pound: productivity increased by around 0.6% per year between 2000-2010.

Are You Buying Stuff Cecause of Low Self-Esteem?

Vivi Friedgut | Posted 23.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Vivi Friedgut

Financial freedom is not a Pollyanna'ish vision of a lifestyle bereft of funds, nor is it the idea that one can easily generate sufficient passive income to fund a desired lifestyle without having to do any actual work. It is the idea that you can live without financial fear, without debt feeding your sleep with nightmare.

Ed Balls Urges George Osborne To Pump Money Into Economy

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.06.2013 | UK Politics

Ed Balls has urged George Osborne to pump money into construction, saying investing in the economy now could reduce the need for deep cuts in two year...

Cuts to Support Disadvantaged Students Would Be Dire

Libby Hackett | Posted 09.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Libby Hackett

To cut the funding that supports disadvantaged students through university would put at risk the success of many young people and would constrain social mobility in the UK. If anything, this funding should be increased if we truly are going to harness the talents and potential of the many, not the few.

George Osborne Warns Of 'Tough Choices' But Will Not Change Course

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.03.2013 | UK Politics

Budget 2013 live : Follow George Osborne's announcement here with our 'At A Glance' guide to all the big decisions on the economy. George Osborne b...

British Pounds: The Horsemeat Burgers of the Currency World?

Harry Cooper | Posted 14.05.2013 | UK Politics
Harry Cooper

Yesterday a man decided that the pound's value against the euro and the dollar was 'just about right'. As a result, the pound stopped weakening against the euro and the dollar, as it has been doing so for several months. I was disappointed. I get paid in euros so I benefit from the pound being weak.

The Perils of Savings Gaps and Their Impact on Retirement

Christine Foyster | Posted 21.04.2013 | UK
Christine Foyster

At some point in our lives, most people will experience a period of financial constraint brought about by an unexpected, or unplanned for, event.

Clegg Appears To Say Ministers Cut Capital Spending Too Deeply

PA | Posted 31.01.2013 | UK Politics

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg appeared to admit that the coalition cut capital spending too deeply when it took power. Speaking ahead of the rel...