UK Spending

How Much Is Enough?

Amisha Bhavsar | Posted 12.09.2014 | 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 12.08.2014 | 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 12.08.2014 | 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...

Autumn Statement Key Points

PA | Posted 05.12.2012 | UK Politics

ECONOMY Growth forecast for 2012 downgraded by Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) to minus 0.1%. GDP growth has been downgraded for every year o...

Unleash Hell

Caragh Little | Posted 01.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Caragh Little

Christmas isn't supposed to be just about the presents. But somehow it always is. Somehow the refrain of Goodwill to all Men seems to ring very hollow when that present you've chosen carefully ends up being thrown aside because it didn't cost enough or you got the colour wrong or they already had one.

Why I Waited for a Recession to Buy a New Car

Rory Reid | Posted 09.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Rory Reid

The world is in the midst of a global economic downturn, so I did the sensible thing - I went out and bought a brand new car. Actually that's a lie - I did it via the Internet and managed to save 25% in the process. Take that, bankers!

Double-Dip Recession To Be Declared Over

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.10.2012 | UK

The longest double-dip recession since the 1950s is to be declared over by official figures amid warnings about the underlying health of the economy. ...

This Lib Dem Activist Is Clear: Don't Tie Us Into Spending Cuts Post 2015...We Need an Economic Stimulus!

Mathew Hulbert | Posted 01.10.2012 | UK Politics
Mathew Hulbert

You see the trouble of getting into political bed with the Tories, and with us being by far the smaller party, is that we get tainted with the same drab, grubby brush they use... but we end up taking more of the flack because people do - or at least did - expect better from us.

Trendy spending: Luxury, London's First Male Fashion Week, and Men

Sujata Bhatia | Posted 14.08.2012 | UK Style
Sujata Bhatia

It's particularly interesting to note that it's younger men who are really embracing luxury fashion over older generations. Although they currently make up as small segment of the overall spend, Gen Y presents an interesting opportunity for the luxury fashion designers and houses, both in London and across the world.

Retailers Suffer Worst Slow-Down In Nine Months As Economy Stutters

PA | Posted 22.05.2012 | UK

Retailers suffered their worst sales performance in nine months in February as families continued to rein in spending, official figures revealed. R...

Breaking The Bank: Government Shouldn't Ringfence, Says Architect Of Canadian Cuts

The Huffington Post UK | Dina Rickman | Posted 13.01.2012 | UK Politics

Governments should not ring-fence specific departments such as the NHS and international development from cuts, according to the architect of the spen...