Budget 2012

How did it all get so complicated?

30 May 2012 12:03

Further to Pete’s blog on the new rules about pasties and VAT, the below graphic from today’s City AM sums…

Transcript: Nick Clegg on the budget and the local elections

18 April 2012 12:48

Here’s the full transcript of this morning’s Today programmeinterview with Nick Clegg: James Naughtie: Coalition government involves some pretty hard…

Osborne’s Failure

16 April 2012 12:15

If this has been a disappointing spring for David Cameron, it has been a calamitous season for George Osborne. The…

The charity row intensifies

15 April 2012 10:57

David Cameron finds himself in the midst of a blue-on-blue barney over the charity tax, which has prompted rumours that…

We need a crack down on tax avoidance

9 April 2012 11:29

After the Budget there was a lot of anger over the pasty tax and the granny tax. Another big rise…

More poll woes for the coalition

3 April 2012 16:15

You certainly don’t need polls to tell you that it’s been a bad couple of weeks for the coalition –…

Now Cameron and Osborne take flak from their own side

2 April 2012 9:52

The bad headlines continue for Downing Street this morning, with the Telegraph front page declaring ‘Tory MPs round on Cameron…

Pasty wars

28 March 2012 15:35

David Cameron earlier: And Labour’s response:

A plan that could change the face of future Budgets

28 March 2012 13:56

‘I’ve never seen a government document with a Laffer curve in it before’, declared Ed Balls last week. Well it…

Osborne, the Master Strategist

26 March 2012 23:15

According to John Rentoul, the combination of the budget and Cam Dine With Me* has shunted Labour into a ten…

What did the public make of the Budget?

23 March 2012 13:11

After weeks of hearing what people think about the policies that Osborne might’ve adopted, we now have the first evidence…

Another voice: Pensioners ought to contribute more

22 March 2012 18:09

The pensioner lobby has been predictably and tiresomely strident about George Osborne’s ‘granny tax’. Ros Altmann, Director-General of Saga, called…

The IFS gives its Budget verdict

22 March 2012 16:15

The Institute for Fiscal Studies’ briefing is always a good place to pick up a few interesting nuggets of detail…

Transcript: Osborne defends his Budget

22 March 2012 13:09

Here’s the full transcript of this morning’s Today programmeinterview with George Osborne: Evan Davis: If you believe in using the…

Why Osborne saved Wallace and Gromit

22 March 2012 12:18

‘It is the determined policy of this government to keep Wallace and Gromit exactly where they are.’ So proclaimed George…

The Budget: What you need to know

21 March 2012 14:38

1. Growth. The OBR’s forecasts are essentially unchanged from the Autumn Statement, but nevertheless represent a much bleaker outlook than…

A Budget by and for the coalition

21 March 2012 10:40

The coalition has found the second year of co-habitation more difficult than the first and it will find the coming…

The government’s options for a child benefit tweak

5 March 2012 11:39

Nick Clegg has confirmed this morning that the coalition is looking at how to tweak its policy of removing child…

Which tax cuts do the public want?

4 March 2012 10:19

YouGov’s new poll for the Sunday Times includes one set of numbers that will be of particular interest to George…

Which tax cuts would be best for the economy?

24 February 2012 13:58

With all these tax cut suggestions kicking about — and with the British economy desperately in need of some oomph…