Official figures released this morning show that Britain’s construction industry is under pressure. The good news is that it managed growth of just 0.9 per cent in the final three months of 2012, breaking a year-long run of decline. But January’s figures revealed a 6.3 per cent slide in output, putting the industry in danger [...]
The Prime Minister has changed his line. In his conference speech last month he said:
The rich will pay a greater share of tax in every year of this Parliament than in any one of the 13 years under Labour.
(I examined the claim here and here.) At Prime Minister’s Questions today he said:
The richest in our [...]
The Treasury has finally supplied an answer to my question about the basis on which the Prime Minister and the Chancellor claimed in their party conference speeches that the rich are paying a greater share of tax than under the previous government. I have written about it in The Independent on Sunday today.
George Osborne, in [...]
Exchequer Secretary David Gauke sparked controversy this week after criticising homeowners who give workers cash-in-hand payments. But is it really immoral?
With the country now on starters’ orders for the beginning of the London Games, the first winner has already been announced with the news that McDonald’s have become the first Olympic sponsor to refuse their Olympic tax break
The trade union subscription to the Labour Party for an individual member is around three pounds a year, which it is possible to opt out of and which is less than half the cost of a book of First Class stamps.
Clang. Another budget u-turn drops. All charity donations will now be exempt from the clampdown on tax avoidance.
Pasty taxes. Granny taxes. Petrol cans. Queues at the pump. Chaotic NHS ‘reforms’. A looming debacle over changes to the House of Lords. Aircraft carriers which won’t, then will, then won’t again, be mounted with catapults. Embarrassing emails between Ministers and powerful press barons. The arrest of donors to political parties. It’s been a torrid few weeks for a government that had seemed for a while above the fray, but will probably now have to deal with years of unpopularity.
Debates around higher education range widely, from the very macro – funding and widening participation for example – to the power that degree studies have to enhance the lives of people who undertake them.
Adam Posen’s assessment speaks very clearly. One of the reasons our economic recovery has been weaker than in the US is that the Chancellor slammed on the fiscal brakes too soon.
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