public finance

Take it from an American – the NHS is a marvel. You must vote to save it | Rob Delaney

Take it from an American – the NHS is a marvel. You must vote to save it | Rob Delaney

When we lost our baby boy, I saw the NHS at its best. The Conservatives can’t be trusted with it • Rob Delaney is the co-creator and co-writer of CatastropheI won’t be voting in the coming general
Johnson spots an opportunity over state aid – and it may work

Johnson spots an opportunity over state aid – and it may work

If he wants working-class Labour votes the PM can’t promote the rightwing post-Brexit ideal of Singapore-on-ThamesLatest election news – live updatesHugely disturbing, said the Adam Smith Institute. A
Has Boris Johnson really been opposed to austerity since 2010?

Has Boris Johnson really been opposed to austerity since 2010?

He warned against cuts in London when he was mayor but has consistently voted in support of austerity policiesGeneral election live - latest newsIn an interview with the Spectator, Boris Johnson says
IFS manifesto verdict: neither Tories nor Labour have credible spending plan

IFS manifesto verdict: neither Tories nor Labour have credible spending plan

Respected thinktank describes stark choice between Labour’s sweeping change and Tories pledging nothing newLatest election news – live updatesThe Institute for Fiscal Studies has attacked the spending
IFS manifesto verdict: neither Tories nor Labour have credible spending plan

IFS manifesto verdict: neither Tories nor Labour have credible spending plan

Respected thinktank describes stark choice between Labour’s sweeping change and Tories pledging nothing newLatest election news – live updatesAnalysis: a plague on both your housesThe Institute for
Labour knew austerity was wrong. Now, at last, it also has a vision for growth | Mariana Mazzucato

Labour knew austerity was wrong. Now, at last, it also has a vision for growth | Mariana Mazzucato

In adopting the Green New Deal, the party has a plan for a more inclusive economy. And even the Tories have done a U-turnMany people want this election to be about whether Brexit will solve or
Labour and Tories race to ramp up spending despite borrowing risks

Labour and Tories race to ramp up spending despite borrowing risks

Labour plans to tap historically low lending rates to invest in schools, hospitals and housingGeneral election latest – live updatesThe Conservatives and Labour have unveiled plans for an
UK Treasury on course to exceed this year's deficit target by £16bn

UK Treasury on course to exceed this year's deficit target by £16bn

Economic slowdown and spiralling cost of student loans will force government to break its deficit ruleFollow all the day’s political news – liveThe government is on course to overshoot its deficit
UK government under pressure to publish forecasts after budget scrapped

UK government under pressure to publish forecasts after budget scrapped

Chancellor Sajid Javid accused of trying to hide worsening growth outlook and neglecting duty to publish OBR reportsThe UK government is coming under mounting pressure to publish economic forecasts
The Tories have split the country. No spending splurge can repair it | Polly Toynbee

The Tories have split the country. No spending splurge can repair it | Polly Toynbee

Sajid Javid’s speech was more hyperbole than hard cash. Many announcements crumble under scrutinyLook at the people here in Manchester at the Tory party conference, stare into their eyes and they look
How has Brexit vote affected the UK economy? September verdict

How has Brexit vote affected the UK economy? September verdict

Each month we look at key indicators to see what effect the Brexit process has had on growth, prosperity and tradeBrexit uncertainty pushes UK to bring of recessionAn expert looks at the data Related:
How has Brexit vote affected the UK economy? September verdict

How has Brexit vote affected the UK economy? September verdict

Each month we look at key indicators to see what effect the Brexit process has had on growth, prosperity and tradeBrexit uncertainty pushes UK to bring of recessionAn expert looks at the data Related:
Javid’s giveaways don’t come close to reversing austerity’s bitter legacy | Polly Toynbee

Javid’s giveaways don’t come close to reversing austerity’s bitter legacy | Polly Toynbee

After a decade of savage cuts, the chancellor would need to spend £60bn just to restore services to the level of 2010The end of austerity is here, Sajid Javid tells us. The “page is turned”. If only
Scotland's support service for dangerous young people to close

Scotland's support service for dangerous young people to close

Staff at Ivy project ‘devastated’ after failure to attract enough funding to maintain serviceStaff at the only nationwide service offering support to Scotland’s most dangerous and troubled young
Britain’s towns and cities will never flourish if ‘local’ is a dirty word | Simon Jenkins

Britain’s towns and cities will never flourish if ‘local’ is a dirty word | Simon Jenkins

For years, councils have been starved of resources. The resulting crisis in public services is matched by a crisis of democracySome people think Britain’s greatest challenge is the impending Brexit.
How has Brexit vote affected the UK economy? July verdict

How has Brexit vote affected the UK economy? July verdict

Each month we look at key indicators to see what effect the Brexit process has had on growth, prosperity and tradeExperts debate the dataBritish consumers keep the UK afloat Continue reading...
How has Brexit vote affected the UK economy? July verdict

How has Brexit vote affected the UK economy? July verdict

Each month we look at key indicators to see what effect the Brexit process has had on growth, prosperity and tradeExperts debate the dataBritish consumers keep the UK afloat Continue reading...
Boris Johnson says he’ll spend, but who will pay?

Boris Johnson says he’ll spend, but who will pay?

In the first of a new series, we look at the PM’s promises and their costThe last day of the parliamentary session before the summer recess normally marks the period when the Treasury starts to wind
Worsening public finances give next PM a sharp 'reality check'

Worsening public finances give next PM a sharp 'reality check'

Highest June deficit for four years shows economic slowdown is feeding throughPledges by Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt to cut taxes and increase spending have come just as the UK’s public finances