A busy week in Westminster and we were on hand to give immediate reaction to the Autumn Statement and Spending Review.
Our Chief Executive, Jonathan Isaby, was in Birmingham after the announcements to share his disappointment at what is a missed opportunity by the Chancellor. You can see his full reaction on the Daily Politics with Jo Coburn here. Alex Wild, our Research Director, gave his view in today's City AM commenting:
"We've become accustomed to scratching our heads during speeches by politicians, wondering how the policy measures announced can possibly reconcile with the language used. Yesterday was no exception, with the chancellor making seemingly endless announcements of spending increases, alongside U-turns on reforms to tax credits and cuts to police, as part of a speech designed to reassure us that Britain will live within its means."
Further comment was pick up in many of the national papers, in The Times (£), The Independent, The Sun, the Daily Express and the Daily Mail. City AM carried our thoughts on the decision to allow councils to keep their asset sales and Harry Fairhead, Policy Analyst at the TPA, wrote in the same paper on the Chancellor's new measures on housing.
Expect further comment in the coming days as the Chancellor's proposals are examined.