Autumn statement


It’s time to smash the whole welfare system

27 November 2015 17:40

George Osborne’s Autumn Statement, with its backtracking on the slashing of tax credits, leaves a huge question hanging over 21st-century…


John McDonnell lectures George Osborne on Chairman Mao (yes, really)

25 November 2015 14:46

With Diane Abbott recently given the nickname Madame Mao by her colleagues over her behaviour since Jeremy Corbyn was elected as…


Tory MPs hold their breath for tax credit changes

29 October 2015 11:00

George Osborne received a fulsome banging of desks last night at the 1922 Committee, joking that he should come back…

Chancellor George Osborne Delivers His Autumn Statement

Podcast special: a good Autumn Statement for George Osborne?

3 December 2014 19:49

George Osborne appears to have delivered a successful Autumn Statement, but are there some dark secrets in the details? In…

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George Osborne’s fact-finders come up trumps in the Autumn Statement

3 December 2014 17:24

Osborne got his chance to audition for Number 10 today. He hasn’t the fluency and the synthetic chumminess of Cameron.…

What colour is this tie?

Autumn Statement Tricks: Osborne confounds the betting market

3 December 2014 13:01

Ignore the numbers, the spin and the bleak borrowing – there is only one question that needs answering. What colour…

U.K. Chancellor George Osborne Launches National Loan Guarantee Scheme

What’s Osborne plotting now? Tories plan mysterious vote after Autumn Statement

2 December 2014 17:08

The Conservative party is all abuzz this afternoon, but it’s not about the Autumn Statement. They’ve been told that there…

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George Osborne’s Autumn Statement choreography makes life doubly difficult for Labour

2 December 2014 8:59

George Osborne is choreographing his autumn statement week to make things as difficult as possible for Labour. At present senior…

Chancellor George Osborne Meets Women Leading The Economy

George Osborne’s roads bonanza is the most fun he’ll have for a while

1 December 2014 8:54

George Osborne has been looking forward to this particular Autumn Statement for a while because it is the opportunity for…

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Tories to shut up about immigration and talk about the economy instead

30 November 2014 11:23

There is a simple political test for the autumn statement, does it make the economy Topic A again? The Tories’…


MPs push George Osborne to give Autumn Statement wings

18 November 2014 12:52

This year’s Autumn Statement isn’t going to be full of a great deal of Christmas cheer. But as it’ll take…

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Ed Balls is back on form, but that doesn’t give Labour economic credibility

10 December 2013 13:40

There were two key lessons from Treasury Questions today. The first is about Labour’s post-autumn statement line of attack. We…

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Coalition parties near a deal on energy bills

27 October 2013 15:20

The good news for the Cameroons on energy is that it looks like they’ll get an agreement by the Autumn…

Liam Byrne says the balance of welfare in this country is 'completely out of whack'. Picture: Getty

Liam Byrne interview: The welfare system is ‘completely out of whack’

13 December 2012 11:34

Liam Byrne is a modernising, Blairite Labour MP, and in case you were in any doubt about that, he conducts…

Robert Chote (L) of the OBR.

We’ve shown forecasts are unreliable, jokes OBR chief

11 December 2012 13:34

‘We’ve done quite a good job at demonstrating the limitations of economic forecasting,’ half-joked Office for Budget Responsibility Chairman Robert…

Ed Balls today said Labour would probably oppose the Welfare Uprating Bill. Picture: Getty

Ed Balls says Labour will oppose the Welfare Uprating Bill

11 December 2012 13:23

Ed Balls gave the clearest indication yet today that his party would vote against the government’s plans to cap benefit…

Ed Miliband is making noises about opposing the government's latest benefits cut. Picture: Getty

Will he, won’t he? Ed Miliband makes noises about benefits war

9 December 2012 9:46

Ed Miliband is ready to wage war with David Cameron and George Osborne over the Welfare Uprating Bill, which will…

This time it's amber. Next time, a red light for Osborne from S&P- unless he can grow the economy.

Citi: Osborne “no longer has credible plans” to tackle debt

7 December 2012 15:24

Britain will lose its AAA rating within 18 months because George Osborne ‘no longer has credible plans to put the…

A new poll suggests the Autumn Statement has improved George Osborne's standing with the public. Picture: Getty Images

The public’s verdict on the Autumn Statement

7 December 2012 13:23

We’ve only had two days to digest it, but the early signs from YouGov are that George Osborne’s Autumn Statement…

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Osborne’s ghost of Christmas future

7 December 2012 8:54

There was plenty to welcome in George Osborne’s budget, from the proposed corporation tax cut to scrapping the 3p fuel duty…

Nick Clegg and David Cameron

For the Autumn Statement, stability: for the mid-term review, ambition

6 December 2012 18:52

After months of squabbling and not-so-civil war, the coalition now appears to be functioning again. This is one immediate consequence…

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The Autumn Statement in 7 graphs

6 December 2012 18:18

1. Growth evaporating. The Office for Budget Responsibility once again downgraded its growth forecasts for 2012-13 and, for the first…

The IFS says the policies in George Osborne's Autumn Statement will hit the rich and the poor, but make the upper middle better off. Picture: Getty Images

A budget for the squeezed middle

6 December 2012 16:55

Ed Miliband may have coined the term, but it seems George Osborne has the squeezed middle on his mind too.…

Ed Balls and Ed Miliband look set to vote against the Welfare Uprating Bill. Picture: Getty

Labour aims to change political dynamic around benefits uprating

6 December 2012 11:58

It now looks almost certain that Labour will vote against the 1 per cent uprating for most working age benefits.…

George Osborne

If Britain loses its AAA rating, Osborne will lose one of his key attack lines

6 December 2012 10:08

George Osborne’s admission that he will not meet his target to have debt as a percentage of GDP falling by…