Reading economic news can be confusing. Here’s how to understand what the news is – and isn’t – telling you.
We talk about ‘fiscal responsibility’ but rarely are a government’s annual accounting exercises assessed in ethical terms.
He steadied the ship in the autumn. Can he now turn around the Conservatives’ electoral fortunes?
With an election ahead and finances stretched to capacity, the prime minister has a difficult balancing act to strike.
Redesigning the UK’s windfall tax on energy companies could help it to bring in more money for public spending.
Phil Tomlinson, University of Bath; Adi Imsirovic, University of Surrey; Cam Donaldson FRSE, Glasgow Caledonian University; Despina Alexiadou, University of Strathclyde ; Gavin Midgley, University of Surrey; Hilary Ingham, Lancaster University; Jennifer Castaneda Navarrete, University of Cambridge; Jonquil Lowe, The Open University; Karen Bloor, University of York; Peter Bloom, University of Essex; Shampa Roy-Mukherjee, University of East London; Steven McCabe, Birmingham City University; Supriya Kapoor, Trinity College Dublin, and Tolu Olarewaju, Keele University
Our panel of academics responds to the UK government’s latest economic plans.
The OBR’s official inflation forecasts include economists’ expectations, but what about yours?
At every midterm election since 2006, the non-presidential party has easily won control of the House. It will be difficult for Democrats to defy this history.
Even allowing for falls in asset values and some tax dodging, a modest tax on the wealthiest could pay off the government’s ballooning debt.
A political economist explains the background to Labour and the Conservatives’ new commitment to spending and borrowing.
A few billion is not a massive amount compared to the government’s total budget for the year. But it could significantly help school and police budgets.
Craig Berry, Manchester Metropolitan University; Dan Finn, University of Portsmouth; Jonquil Lowe, The Open University; Jo Richardson, De Montfort University; Mandy Pierlejewski, Leeds Beckett University; Maria Goddard, University of York; Michael Kitson, Cambridge Judge Business School; Stephen Roper, Warwick Business School, University of Warwick, and W David McCausland, University of Aberdeen
From the economy to education, experts from a range of areas impacted by the budget share their reactions.
Are the Conservatives admitting that austerity hasn’t worked?
Austerity policies cut Britain’s brief recovery from the financial short and brought recession, stagnation and growing poverty.
The UK media failed to challenge the government narrative of austerity despite its failure to revive the economy.
Britain’s finance minister delivers his first Spring Statement hot on the heels of some rather good economic news.
New statistics show the UK has half a trillion pounds less in its account than previously thought.
A deep dive into public sector earnings data since 2005 and how it compares to private sector pay.
The UK government’s U-turn on a national insurance increase for self-employed people exposes the flaws in its approach to building a stronger and more inclusive economy.
Changes to the national insurance tax for self-employed people was one of the most controversial parts of the 2017 spring budget.