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11/6/2024
Conservatives Pledge A New Help To Buy Equity Loan Scheme: What Does It Mean?Thumbnail for article : Conservatives Pledge A New Help To Buy Equity Loan Scheme: What Does It Mean?
The Conservative Party has pledged to introduce a new Help to Buy equity loan scheme if it wins power.  Help to Buy Equity Loan was in place in England - in one form or another - between 2013 and 2023.  
11/6/2024
The Conservative Manifesto 2024 - An Initial Response
An assessment of the tax cuts and spending changes proposed in the 2024 Conservative party general election manifesto by Institute for Fiscal Studies.   Paul Johnson, IFS Director, said, "The Conservatives have promised some £17 billion per year of tax cuts, and a big hike in defence spending.  
11/6/2024
Liberal Democrat Manifesto: A Reaction - The IFS Reports
An assessment of the tax rises and spending increases proposed in the 2024 Liberal Democrat general election manifesto.   Paul Johnson, IFS Director, said, "The Liberal Democrats want to top up existing spending plans so that the state remains at around its current size, relative to national income - and hence considerably bigger than it was pre-pandemic.  
11/6/2024
Universal Credit - Incomes, Incentives And The Remaining Roll-outThumbnail for article : Universal Credit - Incomes, Incentives And The Remaining Roll-out
What has been the impact of universal credit on incomes and work incentives?.  What challenges remain for the next government? A report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies.  
11/6/2024
Regardless Of Who You Support, Who Do You Think Is Running The Worst General Election Campaign So Far?Thumbnail for article : Regardless Of Who You Support, Who Do You Think Is Running The Worst General Election Campaign So Far?
Yougov polling has asked he question.   Not many will be surprised who has come out on top after recent activities.  
11/6/2024
The Government's Record On Tax 2010-24Thumbnail for article : The Government's Record On Tax 2010-24
An assessment of tax policy changes and the policymaking process from 2010 to 2024.   This report gives a high-level overview of tax policy across the period 2010 to 2024.  
11/6/2024
Tough Questions Will Face The Election Winners
Paul Johnson, Director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies Director writes "Whichever of the main parties forms the next government, it will need to cut spending or raise taxes or it will miss its own fiscal targets." This isn't another column about how the next government won't have any money.  If you haven't gathered that by now, there’s probably little value in repeating it.  
11/6/2024
All The Election 24 Polls Have Labour Way Out In FrontThumbnail for article : All The Election 24 Polls Have Labour Way Out In Front
The BBC has polling tracker ruing showing the results of all the polls being conducted.   All of the polls show Labour is winning by a strong margin.  
11/6/2024
Why Doesn't Economic Good News Shift The Polls For Rishi Sunak? An Analysis Of 27 Past Elections Explains The Problem
One of the few success stories of the Conservative government is the fall in inflation, which is now close to the target rate set by the Bank of England.  In April 2024, the consumer price index, the most common measure of inflation, increased by 3% over the previous year compared with a 9.6% annual increase in October 2022.  
11/6/2024
Scottish Government Workforce Statistics March 2024
The latest quarterly Scottish Government Workforce Information statistics have been published today by Scotland's Chief Statistician.  These statistics cover the numbers of workers, staff sickness rates, and the diversity of staff up to the most recent quarter ending March 2024.  
10/6/2024
Britain's Economic Growth Has Been Flattered By A Booming Population - But Rising Productivity Holds Key To Stronger Growth In The Next ParliamentThumbnail for article : Britain's Economic Growth Has Been Flattered By A Booming Population - But Rising Productivity Holds Key To Stronger Growth In The Next Parliament
The UK's middle-of-the-pack record on economic growth since 2010 has been flattered by the population growing by six million people.  But Britain will need to turnaround its dire productivity record and leverage its services strengths if it wants raise growth and boost living standards in the 2020s, according to new research published on Sunday 9 June 2024 by the Resolution Foundation.  
10/6/2024
Deadline To Apply For A Postal Vote In UK Election
The deadline to apply for a postal vote in the Parliamentary general election is 5pm on Wednesday 19 June.  You must also be registered to vote by 11:59pm on Tuesday 18 June.  
10/6/2024
500 Years Ago, Machiavelli Warned The Public Not To Get Complacent In The Face Of Self-interested Charismatic FiguresThumbnail for article : 500 Years Ago, Machiavelli Warned The Public Not To Get Complacent In The Face Of Self-interested Charismatic Figures
This article by Vickie Sullivan is from the Conversation web site.   Although obviously aimed at an American audience the ramifications taking place in the Conservative Party in the UK may also give us all cause for thought.  
10/6/2024
Mortgage Shelf-life Drops And Lenders Increase Rates
Moneyfacts UK Mortgage Trends Treasury Report data reveals the average shelf-life of a mortgage has dropped to 15 days, down from 28 days a month prior.  Month-on-month rises to the average two- and five-year fixed mortgage rates were more modest.  
10/6/2024
Labour To Close Tax Loophole For Thousands Of Private Equity InvestorsThumbnail for article : Labour To Close Tax Loophole For Thousands Of Private Equity Investors
Labour is set to close a loophole that enables thousands of private equity investors to avoid paying income tax if it wins the general election.   The Sunday Times reported that the party's election manifesto, due this week, is expected to outline plans to put a halt to money made in private equity deals being taxed as capital gains at a 28 per cent rate, rather than income at a rate of 45 per cent.  
10/6/2024
How Have The Size And Shape Of The UK State Changed?Thumbnail for article : How Have The Size And Shape Of The UK State Changed?
A report by the Instituee for Fiscal Studies.  It describe how the size and shape of the state have changed since the mid 1950s and over the 2019-24 parliament, and discuss the future outlook.  
10/6/2024
Voters Urged To Check They're Election Ready
Voters urged to check they're election ready before it's too late Issued on behalf of the Election Registration Officer for Highland and Western Isles Anyone wanting to vote in the UK general election on 4 July, must be registered to vote before the deadline on midnight 18 June.   Voters can apply online at gov.uk/register-to-vote.  
10/6/2024
The Election We Used To Be Part Of - European Parliament Election ResultsThumbnail for article : The Election We Used To Be Part Of - European Parliament Election Results
Welcome to Wider Europe, RFE/RL's newsletter focusing on the key issues concerning the European Union, NATO, and other institutions and their relationships with the Western Balkans and Europe's Eastern neighborhoods.   I'm RFE/RL Europe Editor Rikard Jozwiak, and this week I'm drilling down on the results of the European Parliament elections.  
9/6/2024
Hospital At Home For Older People
The Scottish Government is continuing to invest in Hospital at Home for Older People with £3.6 million allocated for 2024/25, bringing total funding allocation for the initiative to over £15 million since 2020.   Recent statistics released by Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) show that last year the Hospital at Home service for Older People, which provides a safe, alternative to being admitted to an acute hospital, exceeded targets in several key areas between April 2023 and March 2024, including: total bed numbers have increased by over 57%, ahead of the Scottish Government's 50% target.  
9/6/2024
Every Action Has A Reaction - Double Entry - Richard MurphyThumbnail for article : Every Action Has A Reaction - Double Entry - Richard Murphy
Every politician should understand double entry.  If they did, they might work out the consequences of their actions and the ridiculousness of many of the claims that they make about government spending.