Light at the end of the tunnel? Will it be an ‘end of austerity’ Budget

Wednesday 24 October 2018

Public Finances and the Economy

With just a few weeks to go until Budget 2018, the Chancellor faces a tough balancing act of managing high expectations following promises of an end to austerity, and even higher uncertainty as Britain prepares to leave the European Union next Spring. Faced with such uncertainty, how can the Chancellor find the extra £20bn promised … Continued

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Time to care? Finding a lasting solution to Britain’s social care crisis

Monday 9 July 2018

Public Finances and the Economy

Growing funding pressures and seasonal crises have raised public concern about our NHS and forced politicians to act – with the Prime Minister announcing a £20bn funding package for the NHS last month. But the crisis in social care is even more pressing – yet successive governments have ducked decisions on funding a lasting solution … Continued

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Regulating the regulators: The power and legitimacy of the central bankers directing our economy

Tuesday 22 May 2018

Public Finances and the Economy

Book launch for Unelected Power by Paul Tucker Central bankers have played a key role in directing economies across the world since the financial crisis. From the slashing of interest rates, to the introduction of Quantitative Easing and major reforms to who can get a mortgage, the decisions of central Banks profoundly affect people’s living … Continued

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Due an upgrade? What to expect in the Spring Statement

Thursday 8 March 2018

Public Finances and the Economy

The Office for Budget Responsibility delivered the mother of all forecast downgrades in the Autumn Budget last November, revising borrowing up £91bn and annual pay down £1,000. Four months on, and with the Treasury promising a quickfire Spring Statement, the focus will be on whether the latest OBR economic outlook makes more positive reading. Could … Continued

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Indian Summer or Winter Chill: What’s in store for the Autumn Budget?

Monday 13 November 2017

Public Finances and the Economy

The Chancellor is under pressure to deliver a bold Autumn Budget that deals with the big challenges that Britain faces – at home, as well as in Europe. What is the economic backdrop to the Autumn Budget, and how might it affect the Chancellor’s financial wriggle room? From the living standards squeeze and concerns about … Continued

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