George Osborne

Real-term protection, not real-term cuts

Vera Baird  |  25 October 2016

Now that the latest crime figures, published last week, show both ‘a small but genuine increase in some categories of violent crime’ and an undoubted growth in crime reporting, it is ripe to call time on the Tory claim that the police can be cut because they have less to do. The Office for National …

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Social care at a tipping point

Peter Kyle MP  |  21 October 2016

Back in January, I dedicated my first Westminster Hall debate to the subject of the future of care homes in England. At that time their prospects looked precarious, with an even growing funding gap and the effects of the increase in the minimum wage expected to hit from April. At that time, I and other …

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Better value, not budget cuts

Conor McGinn MP  |  12 October 2016

Last Christmas, a small National Health Service choir beat pop superstar Justin Bieber to the number one spot, yet again reaffirming the high level of affection in which the service is held. As one of the main sources of national pride in Britain, the NHS represents a deep-seated fairness ideal – that healthcare meets the needs …

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The winds of change are shifting

Ben West  |  16 August 2016

In the final six months before 2010’s general election, something strange happened. Amid the global recession, the Labour government had intervened heroically to keep the economy afloat, spending whatever was necessary to stabilise the banks and to maintain consumer confidence and employment, investment and spending. Barely a week would go by without new investment – …

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Defeat for George Osborne

Rachel Reeves MP  |  2 July 2016

George Osborne is trying to clear the decks for the new Tory leader by getting the government’s mistakes out of the way now. Yesterday he signalled that his great mission of delivering an overall budget surplus by 2020 was to be consigned to history less than a year after he had first promised it. He failed to …

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Saving the ‘lost generation’

Clive Soley  |  16 June 2016

We must not let history repeat itself In May 1979 the defeated prime minister, James Callaghan, said to me that he felt sorry for new members of parliament like myself as we would be in opposition for 10 years. He was wrong. It was 18 years. Callaghan thought the arrival of North Sea oil and …

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Tory Leavers have repudiated their own economic policy

Stephen Beer  |  16 June 2016

George Osborne and Alistair Darling have stated that if the United Kingdom votes to leave the European Union, there will need to be an emergency budget. Not surprisingly, their claim has been criticised by the Leave campaign, but the central point is surely correct whether or not we are adherents to the austerity cult. The …

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Steady growth or a slowing economy?

Peter Hain  |  18 April 2016

Kitty Ussher has been looking at the UK economy through rose-tinted spectacles in her surprisingly over-optimistic assessment of Britain’s growth prospects under George Osborne. Ussher says that ‘the economy is in good shape’ and that the Office for Budget Responsibility ‘expects it to keep growing steadily’. In reality the UK economy is losing momentum, not cruising along comfortably. …

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Taxing questions for the chancellor

Rachel Reeves MP  |  15 April 2016

The leaked Panama Papers shone a light on the murky world of tax havens and will have far-reaching implications across the world. People are rightly angered that a super-rich elite strive to avoid or evade paying their taxes. David Cameron’s use of an offshore trust was eventually dragged out of him when he published his …

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The four-year deep freeze

Stephen Timms MP  |  15 April 2016

Last week, with no fanfare, the government’s four-year freeze on benefits began. It was the week in which the tax credit cuts would have kicked in, if parliament had allowed George Osborne to go ahead. But other cuts, like the new freeze, have gone ahead. The reduction in universal credit equivalent to the tax credit …

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