budget 2011

  • 6 Apr 2011

    TUC general secretary Brendan Barber used his visit to the University of the West of England to set out a full alternative to government cuts and austerity.

  • 31 Mar 2011
  • 31 Mar 2011

    A New Economics Foundation report says the UK is subverting progress towards a safer financial system, and is a barrier to global efforts for reform.

  • 27 Mar 2011

    This short film by Oonagh Cousins highlights, in accessible terms, what 'the alternative' to the current recessionary government trajectory looks like - and introduces some of the key players - including political economist Ann Pettifor (who is involved in the 'Green New Deal' group, and writes for Ekklesia among others), UK Uncut, the Robin Hood Tax Campaign initiative, False Economy, and others.

  • 27 Mar 2011

    Listening to the the suave propaganda pouring from the lips of Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander, and other government apologists over the last 24 hours, I am struck by the persistence of the 'deficit denial' theme - and the fact that it seems to have won over a significant portion of the public. This does not make what is being said any more factually sound, ethically substantial or intellectually rigorous, of course.

  • 26 Mar 2011

    The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) cannot be accused of being a radical think-tank, but its probing of the government's economic policies since May 2010 has been shaped by a social and environmental awareness (it has cooperated with businesses and researchers on a 'green budget') and by a determination to move below the surface of political posturing to examine what the data is and how it is being used. The picture it offers is rather different to the coalition's spin.

  • 24 Mar 2011

    The 2011 Budget offers useful cover for the central deceit of the government’s economic strategy, says Simon Barrow – which is that massive cuts in the public sector and in the local and national state are “unavoidable” and “necessary” to eliminate Britain’s massive deficit.

  • 24 Mar 2011

    Do not be fooled by the scraps from the table in Chancellor Osborne's 2011 budget, says Urban Forum chief executive, Toby Blume, analysing the implications for charities, enterprise, environment, planning and poverty. Sadly, the real damage has already been done.

  • 24 Mar 2011

    The first full budget from a government claiming to be the "greenest ever" is a betrayal of an environmental future, says Green MP Caroline Lucas.

  • 24 Mar 2011

    Responding to Chancellor George Osborne's budget yesterday, Oxfam has highlighted once again the need for a proper financial transaction tax.