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State spending at Soviet levels in some parts of the UK


The Times today publishes a regional breakdown of public spending as a...

11:27 AM October 11, 2007

Hong Kong cuts tax rates: no surprise there

The Financial...

10:50 AM October 11, 2007

Almost all children are victims of crime

The Howard League for Penal Reform have released figures, reported in the Guardian, showing that almost all, 95%, of...

12:10 PM October 10, 2007

The Pre-Budget Report/Comprehensive Spending Review

Alistair Darling has finished speaking, we’ve taken a look at the Pre-Budget Report and Comprehensive Spending Review, and here are...

8:02 PM October 09, 2007

£150m Northern Rock Gift

Tax credits "unfair" to poorest households

The Parliamentary Ombudsman, Ann Abraham, has released a report calling Gordon Brown's system of tax credits "unfair" to some...

11:15 AM October 09, 2007

Junior doctors

The Telegraph reports that the failed computer system for recruiting junior doctors to training posts is to be scrapped. ...

11:06 AM October 09, 2007

Council re-branding

Cash-strapped one-star rated Stoke-On-Trent Council are once again ploughing taxpayers’ money in the wrong direction, and instead of improving on...

2:31 PM October 08, 2007

Disposable income at 10-year low

Research by the price comparison website found that disposable income - the money left over after taxes, mortgage/rent...

10:59 AM October 08, 2007

Why inheritance tax cuts are good politics as well as good policy

Two polls over the weekend showed that the Conservative plans to raise the inheritance tax threshold to £1 million are...

10:32 AM October 08, 2007

Weekly Waste Watch- 76

Crossrail- How Much Really?

Crossrail gets the go-ahead

With an expanding population...

4:03 PM October 05, 2007

Myopic Unions

The Royal Mail's managers have stepped back from the brink and are not going to play the Grinch this...

12:16 PM October 05, 2007

Thoughts on the Conservative Party conference

This week’s Conservative Party conference marks a very important shift in the Tory strategy on tax.

Two years ago, a number...

7:19 PM October 04, 2007

The Health Commission Wales fail a patient and taxpayers

Channel 4 news reports another story of structural failure in the NHS today.  Doctors told a woman in South...

6:59 PM October 04, 2007

George Osborne pledges to increase inheritance tax threshold to £1 million

In his speech to the Conservative Party Conference, Shadow Chancellor George Osborne pledged to reduce two taxes:

4:21 PM October 01, 2007

++STOP PRESS++ Conservatives will pledge to abolish inheritance tax

The TPA has just been told by a high-level source that George Osborne will commit the Conservatives to abolishing inheritance...

6:02 PM September 28, 2007

Total Lifetime Tax

4:17 PM September 28, 2007


4:15 PM September 28, 2007

Conservatives to abandon green taxes

In a revealing interview with the Telegraph today, Shadow Chancellor George Osborne sought to distance himself from new green...

3:01 PM September 28, 2007

OECD urges Brown to come clean on tax

From the Telegraph:

"The world's leading economic watchdog has urged Gordon Brown to abandon his decade-long use of...

1:15 PM September 28, 2007

Hospital hygiene

Reuters report today that the Lancet has condemned Brown's proposals to deep-clean hospitals and make all hospital staff wear...

12:17 PM September 28, 2007

Dr Battey's Accounts Book

Kent County Council's "coherence" spending

MoneyThe Kentish Express reported last week...

2:48 PM September 27, 2007

The right way to harmonise taxes, if you must do it

With the news earlier this week of business support for a common corporate tax base in the EU, it...

11:45 AM September 27, 2007

NHS fails the elderly

The Telegraph reports a study by the Healthcare Commission today showing a shocking series of failures in the NHS'...

11:11 AM September 27, 2007

A lesson in why corporation tax should be reduced

An interesting new video from the CATO Institute in Washington presents an important lesson on why corporation tax should...

11:07 AM September 27, 2007

French budget: tax cuts; public spending frozen in real terms

The French government yesterday unveiled its budget for 2008. Public spending is to be frozen in real terms and...

10:52 AM September 27, 2007

Non-job of the week

SmallbluebinOur non-job of the week...

3:29 PM September 26, 2007

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