Philip Hammond has missed his first opportunity to formulate a proper response to the country's long term challenges; with a target that is not flexible enough to allow for significant, proactive investment. There is still much work to do.
Senior Economic Analyst, IPPR
Researcher at IPPR
In all, this was a moderate speech that nonetheless provided plenty of material for further debate. It remains to be seen just how bold the Shadow Chancellor is prepared to be in challenging the Government's 'at-all-costs' commitment to fiscal tightening.
05/10/2015 12:13 BST
Flexible working in its current form, where many women are expected to work fewer hours than men in all phases of their life time, simply isn't flexible enough for anyone.
19/06/2015 23:30 BST
More is it at stake than immediate political positioning. The agendas adopted now will define the policy space for most of the next parliament... Perhaps the present consensus on the haste of deficit reduction is deserving of greater scrutiny than is currently afforded by much of the UK's political class.
07/10/2014 11:38 BST
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