Hitting the books: student loans and the public finances

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Public Finances and the Economy

  With everything that’s going on in British politics right now, it’s easy to forget that the government was celebrating some seriously good news less than seven weeks ago. You might remember that the Chancellor got handed a £74 billion fiscal windfall at the Budget that allowed him to deliver the long-promised extra spending on … Continued

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Top of the Charts: Strong And Stable Britain

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Sign up for our weekly Top of the Charts emails here   Afternoon all, Having spent this morning at the dentist enduring fairly nonstop pain for no real progress I have new found empathy for the Prime Minister’s experience this week. She can obviously take some comfort from the evidence that her would be assassins of … Continued

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Good tidings from the UK labour market

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Jobs, Skills and Pay

Earlier this year, in a fit of optimism, the ONS moved its monthly labour market stats release from Wednesday to Tuesday morning so that the data would have proper scrutiny before PMQs. With little in the way of voting going on, MPs can now spend the next 24 hours poring over the latest employment and … Continued

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Apprenticeships have a starring role in the government’s technical education reforms. But are they delivering?

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Rarely a headline-grabber in the broadsheets (or indeed, the tabloids), yesterday’s speech on technical education by the Education Secretary offered a welcome respite from the mind-numbing livestream of Brexit-related updates. The central premise of Damian Hinds’ speech – that the UK’s technical education system should offer young people clear routes into specialist, well-paid careers – … Continued

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The Bank of Mum and Dad pays out at least three times in life

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Intergenerational Commission

Times change, Britain changes, and it doesn’t stop changing just because we’re all naturally obsessed by Brexit. Our need to understand and respond to those changes is as big as ever – and nowhere is that more true than in the growing importance in our society of wealth, which has risen from three times our … Continued

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