budget

  • 23 Jul 2015

    We are constantly being told that the British public has swallowed the 'scroungers and skivers' rhetoric about benefit claimants, and is broadly in favour of welfare cuts. Any politician who opposes these cuts is widely portrayed as unrealistic and unelectable. But what if that is not true, and the public's attitude is actually far less harsh than the Westminster bubble would have us believe?

  • 10 Jul 2015

    Major third-sector organisations across Scotland have highlighted the serious regressive measures contained in the UK Budget.

  • 10 Jul 2015

    Within hours of Wednesday’s budget, a video was circulating round social media of Iain Duncan Smith punching the air with delight. Given that even the Daily Mail has noticed the damage the budget is going to do to the poorest,many saw that as yet another sign of the minister’s heartlessness.

  • 9 Jul 2015

    Quakers in Britain say the budget pledge to expand cadet forces across 500 state schools is further evidence of the creeping militarisation of schools in England

  • 9 Jul 2015

    It would be quite misleading to describe the 2015 Summer Budget as a “one nation budget” or as favouring “working families” and “giving the nation a pay rise” in any meaningful sense, says Simon Barrow. On the contrary it hits low income households and disabled people, and will increase further Britain’s alarming levels of inequality.

  • 9 Jul 2015

    There are many things to despair of in George Osborne’s Summer Budget but the one that makes my heart sink most is proposed changes to the Employment Support Allowance (ESA).

  • 9 Jul 2015

    Inevitably budgets produce criticism, and just as inevitably the cry "what would you do?" or "what's the alternative?" Our good friend and stalwart Tax Research policy analyst and change-agent Richard Murphy pre-figured that question with a significant talk and article a couple of days ago: one that deserves further attention.

  • 8 Jul 2015

    Helen O’Brien, Chief Executive of Caritas Social Action Network, the the social action arm of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, has responded to the Budget

  • 8 Jul 2015

    Chancellor Osborne has been "giving with one hand, taking with the other" says ecumenical charity Church Action on Poverty following today's budget.

  • 8 Jul 2015

    The SNP, Labour and the Scottish Greens says that Chancellor Osborne’s Summer Budget is not good news for Scotland, especially hitting the most vulnerable.