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Ryan Coetzee right leaves meeting

Oops – Lib Dem manifesto leaked after strategy chief photographed with document

Wed, 22 Oct 2014| By Harry Cockburn

Ryan Coetzee, right, leaves a meeting. Photo via Twitter

Cameron and Osborne House of Commons

Deficit grows as government spending is up 10%. Is the economic plan still working?

Wed, 22 Oct 2014| By Harry Cockburn

The Tories have defined themselves as the party dedicated to cutting the deficit, and the words “the long-term economic plan is working” have practically become a mantra for David Cameron and George Osborne.

Woman inspects money

Infographic: from bartering to Bitcoin - the history of money

Mon, 20 Oct 2014| By Harry Cockburn

Money has been a key part of our species’ history. With huge markets, money has been responsible for helping humans achieve astonishing feats, as well as driving some of our most shameful episodes.

Union jack money flag pounds coins

Exodus! One third of wealthy Londoners "to leave London in next five years"

Mon, 20 Oct 2014

Almost one in three wealthy Londoners are planning to leave in the next five years, according to a report by Barclays Wealth and Investment Management.

Balls with smiley faces - Small business confidence 'rises slightly'

Consumer confidence hits three-year high, says Deloitte

Mon, 20 Oct 2014| By Rebecca Hobson

Consumer confidence is at its highest in three years, and a recovery in real incomes is set for the turn of the year, says accountancy firm Deloitte.

Eu migration graph

How much EU immigration is there, really? How is it affecting UK population growth?Video

Thu, 16 Oct 2014| By Sophie Hobson

We all know the UK population is growing rapidly, and the strain that it is putting on our national resources, especially jobs, housing, NHS and welfare.

Cameron Stop No

Tories consider “emergency brake” on EU immigration as UKIP gains ground

Thu, 16 Oct 2014| By Harry Cockburn

The Conservatives are mulling over the idea of an “emergency brake” on immigration from EU member states, following UKIP’s rapid gains.

Pay Packet wages money envelope

The employment rate reaches a near all-time high – but pay continues to fall

Wed, 15 Oct 2014| By Robyn Vinter

The UK unemployment rate has dipped below two million for the first time since 2008.

Traffic Jam M25 Motorway cars congestion

Car-mageddon: Congestion costs London $8.5bn a year and it’s getting worse

Tue, 14 Oct 2014| By Harry Cockburn

Exasperated by the slow crawl into work? Fed-up of traffic fumes? London is grinding to a halt, and as the transport crisis worsens, it is wreaking economic havoc on the capital.

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Inflation rate falls to 1.2% - its lowest since 2009

Tue, 14 Oct 2014| By Harry Cockburn

The UK’s Consumer Price Index measure of inflation has fallen to 1.2% over September, down from 1.5% the month before.

Eurostar train

The government is selling its Eurostar stake to raise up to £300m

Mon, 13 Oct 2014| By Sophie Hobson

George Osborne is announcing today that the government plans to sell its 40% stake in Eurostar.


China is now the world’s largest economy, overtaking the USVideo

Wed, 8 Oct 2014| By Sophie Hobson

It’s happened, and it’s momentous.

Business growth

Scale up: How to grow your business in 2015

Tue, 7 Oct 2014| By Rebecca Hobson

From finance to flexi-time, here are five key ideas to boost business

Nick Clegg

Nick Clegg pledges tax rises for the rich

Mon, 6 Oct 2014| By Robyn Vinter

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has promised to increase taxes for the rich if his party are in government next year.

Tower Bridge

Hurrah for us! London is the world’s most desirable place to work

Mon, 6 Oct 2014| By Sophie Hobson

One is six people in the world want to work in London, according to a new international survey of more than 200,000 people from 189 countries.

Vince Cable means business

Cable announces plans to give apprentices 40% pay rise

Mon, 6 Oct 2014| By Robyn Vinter

This story was updated at 2.56pm, 6 October 2014

David Cameron at party conference

10 important things you might have missed from Cameron’s speech

Thu, 2 Oct 2014| By Sophie Hobson

There were the tax cuts - then there all of these pledges on corporation tax, human rights and the NHS

Coins minimum wage pic

The number of people on minimum wage has doubled since 1999Video

Wed, 1 Oct 2014| By Robyn Vinter

A record 1.2 million people are on the National Minimum Wage, which rises today – twice as many as were on the lowest legal pay rate in 1999, when National Minimum Wage was introduced.

A view through Soho's red light district

Our GDP figures just got a £10bn boost by including prostitution and illegal drugs for the first time

Tue, 30 Sep 2014| By Harry Cockburn

A change to the way in which GDP is calculated now includes figures for prostitution and illicit drugs. The changes, which bring the GDP measure in line with European standards, show that the country’s GDP following the economic crisis was not as low as previously calculated.

Stormy weather

Storms ahead: Households facing “lost decade” of wage growth

Mon, 29 Sep 2014

A troubling new report suggests that take-home pay in real terms will remain behind pre-crisis levels until 2017, meaning households are facing a “lost decade” of real wage growth.

Justin Urquhart Stewart

Justin Urquhart Stewart: Conference season is throwing up dodgy tax ideas - so here's what would actually work

Mon, 29 Sep 2014| By Justin Urquhart Stewart

The Seven Investment Management founder shares his views

Money, wealth, funds

Robyn Vinter: MPs are about to get a 10% pay rise. Here’s why it can't happen

Thu, 11 Sep 2014| By Robyn Vinter

In April next year MPs will get a massive pay rise. It was decided by an independent body, not the public or MPs themselves, so it must be fair, right?

Saltire flag scotland

Pound slides as poll shows Scots now in favour of independence

Mon, 8 Sep 2014| By Robyn Vinter

The pound has sunk to a 10-month low as the prospect of Scottish independence becomes more likely.

Coins minimum wage pic

Should the minimum wage go up to £10 an hour? The Green Party thinks so

Fri, 5 Sep 2014| By Robyn Vinter

The National Minimum Wage should be put up to £10 an hour, according to the Green Party.

London jobs

Pay gap could push average Londoner out of the capital

Thu, 4 Sep 2014| By Robyn Vinter

More people are becoming trapped in low wage work, as the gap between good and poor quality jobs widens, according to a report.

Union Jack sunglasses - Made in Britain

The world’s most competitive economies revealed – but where does the UK stand?

Wed, 3 Sep 2014

The UK is now the ninth most competitive economy in the world, according to the World Economic Forum.


New study shows the shocking extent of Britain’s social mobility problem

Thu, 28 Aug 2014| By Robyn Vinter

Social mobility in “deeply elitist” Britain is so embedded it has created a “closed shop at the top”, according to a government report.

George Osborne

Did George Osborne lie to parliament?

Wed, 27 Aug 2014| By Robyn Vinter

The chancellor has been accused of lying to parliament over figures which show how well the government has clamped down on tax avoidance.

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