Autumn Statement 2015

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7 January 2016 10:15

You might have been forgiven for thinking that things were going swimmingly economically at the moment, given George Osborne managed…

The EU renegotiation is now the biggest obstacle to Osborne making it to Number 10

28 November 2015 10:22

At the start of this week, everyone was wondering how George Osborne was going to get out of trouble on…

This is not the end of ‘austerity’ – the IFS verdict on George Osborne’s Autumn Statement

26 November 2015 13:45

This is not the end of ‘austerity’. A swathe of departments will see real terms cuts. On the other hand…

Podcast: the phoney war with Isis and the 2015 Spending Review

26 November 2015 8:54

Is bombing Isis having any effect on destroying it? In the latest View from 22 podcast, Andrew J. Bacevich and Con Coughlin discuss this week’s Spectator cover feature on the West’s…

In charts: the cuts by departments and where money is spent

25 November 2015 21:04

The Spending Review portion of George Osborne’s speech today has revealed some deep cuts to government departments. The chart above…

Why the tax credit cuts had to go

25 November 2015 19:51

In the peroration of his statement today, George Osborne declared that the Tories were ‘the mainstream representatives of the working…

Revealed: Osborne’s Budget giveaways for Tory marginals

25 November 2015 19:29

Back in March, the Plymouth Herald was delighted by ‘a Budget with plenty for Plymouth’. As Mark Gettleson noted on Coffee…

John McDonnell ‘disappears’ his Maoist stunt

25 November 2015 18:42

You can see what John McDonnell was trying to do today. ‘I’ll bring along a copy of Chairman Mao’s Little…

George Osborne’s Spending Review in ten graphs

25 November 2015 18:41

Politically, the story was George Osborne’s (wise) retreat on tax credit cuts. Economically, here’s the upshot:- 1. The end of…

Straight-talking John McDonnell will not be talking straight to the press

25 November 2015 17:57

How does an Opposition party make up for the fact that its response to an economic statement is necessarily rather…

Sketch: Chairman Mao gets flung across the Commons

25 November 2015 16:59

That was a funny way to say sorry. Osborne kicked off his autumn statement with a Niagara of self-congratulation. He…

George Osborne’s retreat on tax credits is genuine – and warmly welcome

25 November 2015 15:45

Today, George Osborne stepped back from the brink. The Chancellor has reversed his calamitous plan to tear away tax credits from…

George Osborne falls into his own welfare cap trap

25 November 2015 15:41

The political flourishes in George Osborne’s spending review were impressive. But how is the Chancellor doing when it comes to…

Did John McDonnell really think that quoting Chairman Mao would help Labour’s cause?

25 November 2015 14:51

Preparing for the spending review, George Osborne must have written two speeches: his own, and the one he expected John…

Full text and audio: George Osborne’s 2015 Autumn Statement and Spending Review speech

25 November 2015 13:49

Mr Speaker, this Spending Review delivers on the commitment we made to the British people that we would put security…

Key announcements from the 2015 Autumn Statement and Spending Review

25 November 2015 12:03

George Osborne will deliver his Autumn Statement and the results of the 2015 Spending Review from 12:30pm in the House…

Ministers seek spending review sanctuary in international development budget

25 November 2015 11:48

One of the things to look out for in today’s spending review is the number of spending pots that have…

Autumn Statement and Spending Review 2015: what to expect

25 November 2015 9:06

George Osborne will take to the Dispatch Box at 12:30pm today to deliver this year’s Autumn Statement — a mini-budget on the…