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Cameron EU at 40

Is the £1.7bn EU top-up bill row overshadowing the government’s even bigger EU bill?

Thu, 30 Oct 2014| By Harry Cockburn

The storm over EU demands for £1.7bn for budget contributions has seen David Cameron insist he will not pay the full amount and has made it clear he is even willing to risk fines in order to cut the figure.

Crossrail 2 - Boris Johnson and Transport for London's preferred route

We might get a Crossrail 2, and this map shows where it could go

Thu, 30 Oct 2014| By Sophie Hobson

London’s population is set to grow by two million people by the early 2030s, to 10 million.

UK border controls

Government migration controls could damage talent flows to UK, says Tory minister

Wed, 29 Oct 2014| By Harry Cockburn

Nick Boles, the Conservative business minister, has become the first among current Tory ministers to argue that government plans to bring down the number of European migrants could deter skilled workers from applying for jobs in the UK.

Girl summit gender equality

Gender equality will take 81 years, and the UK is behind Rwanda and NicaraguaVideo

Tue, 28 Oct 2014| By Sophie Hobson

The UK is only the 26th most gender-equal country in the world, according to a new index.

Money counting unhappy old man

Over five million Brits are in low-paid jobs - more than ever before

Mon, 27 Oct 2014| By Sophie Hobson

One in six UK workers is in a low-paid job – a record number, according to new research from a think tank.

Amazon logo building

Amazon destruction: Online retailer loses almost $500m in biggest ever quarterly loss. Here’s why

Fri, 24 Oct 2014| By Harry Cockburn

Amazon’s net losses reached almost half a billion dollars over the past three months, making it the worst quarterly loss in the company’s history, the retail giant has revealed.

The EU's bearing on UK politics

How much do we give the EU, and how much do we get back?Video

Fri, 24 Oct 2014| By Robyn Vinter

The UK gave the EU €14.5bn in 2013 (in cash rather than any other kind or benefit), and directly got back €6.3bn.

Pay Packet wages money envelope

Here’s why your pay won’t be going up any time soon...

Fri, 24 Oct 2014| By Robyn Vinter

Most private sector employees are unlikely to see above-inflation pay rises in 2015, according to a report.

EU flag

Why has the UK been handed a massive £1.7bn bill from the EU?

Fri, 24 Oct 2014| By Robyn Vinter

Believe it or not, there are downsides to an improved economy – something the UK has just found out.

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.

Shopping trolley basket inflation prices money economy

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

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

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