Top of the Charts, Conservative Party conference special: Fighting non-Brexit battles on multiple fronts

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Public Finances and the Economy

Sign up for our weekly Top of the Charts emails here Afternoon all, Labour conference and their Brexit bun fight* is done. Luckily nothing like that is going to happen when the Conservatives gather in Birmingham this weekend. They don’t call Boris Johnson a backstabber team player for nothing… More interesting in Liverpool than Labour’s Brexit shuffle was … Continued

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Five charts to chill the Chancellor’s blood ahead of the Budget

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Public Finances and the Economy

We now know that this year’s Budget will be delivered on 29 October, making it the first Monday Budget since 1962. The traditional Wednesday has been avoided, we’re told, to side-step negative Halloween-based headlines. Yet there’s still plenty of scary stuff for the Chancellor to deal with – from finding the £20 billion needed to … Continued

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Did you feel happy yesterday? Broadening the measurement of living standards

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Incomes and Inequality

Today the ONS released their latest statistics on well-being in the UK, as they have done since 2011. These stats have their sceptics, both over the maths involved and over the very idea you can measure happiness over time (let alone orient policy towards it). But they matter: self-assessed well-being gives us an insight into … Continued

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Demography is the new class war

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Intergenerational Commission

The real question about this year’s Labour Party conference is what on earth everyone will talk about for four days. The supposed Brexit barney will be a damp squib and leadership rows have disappeared. So here’s a suggestion to fill the awkward silences: it’s time Labour talked about the arrival of generational divides in our … Continued

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MAC to the future

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Jobs, Skills and Pay

This morning the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) released the final report in its year-long (plus) investigation into EU migration. The report is arguably the most comprehensive assessment of how migration has affected the UK over the past two decades, dealing with topics as diverse as the labour market, housing, public finances and subjective wellbeing. In … Continued

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