Category - public spending

  • October 31, 2017

    New analysis by researchers at the Institute for Fiscal Studies provides a comprehensive assessment of the UK's public finances and the options available to the Chancellor in his November Budget. It shows a defining choice: maintain commitment to a public finance surplus or respond to growing demands for increased public spending.

  • May 2, 2017

    The British Medical Association has launched a manifesto to put the NHS centre stage during the General Election campaign.

  • February 15, 2017

    The growth of insecure employment – working without guaranteed hours or baseline employment rights – is costing the Exchequer an estimated £4 billion a year, according to a new Trades Union Congress report published yesterday.

  • August 11, 2016

    The British government can now borrow money at negative interest rates.  This extraordinary turn of events was discussed in a BBC radio interview this morning.

  • March 29, 2016

    Since the Budget, the issue of spending cuts affecting disabled people has been given some long-overdue media attention.

  • June 22, 2015

    Christians and church leaders have been urged to do more to resist austerity as the group Christianity Uncut relaunches under a new name.

  • April 12, 2014

    Peace and disarmament organisations are preparing for the Global Day of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS), which this year is 14 April.

  • December 8, 2013

    When the government speaks of 'recovery' (which may well turn out to be a bubble largely supported by consumer spending, inflated house prices and private credit), it is worth asking, 'what is being recovered by whom?'

  • August 8, 2013

    Last year, I visited the Judean desert and met with people who used a water pipe funded by UK aid money. Before the pipe was fitted, the villagers often had to go ten days without a bath. Now they can bathe every three days. They are also better able to water their vegetables and feed their livestock. The aid money has thus made them more independent, not less.

  • December 5, 2012

    The poorest will have to shoulder the biggest burden as a result of today’s Spending Review by George Osborne.