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Margaret Thatcher began her pension reforms with the Social Security Act of 1980. This saw the correlation between average earnings and state pension increases severed, with the aim to reduce public spending. 411 more words

Opinion - Brexit could be the best thing that happened to the European Union | World Economic Forum - John Gelmini

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Dr Alf brings us an interesting take on Brexit which misses a number of key points.

The proposed Brexit bill of £50 billion GBP is excessive because the net contributions after rebates are £12 billion GBP a year and factoring in unfunded pension contributions for staff employed by the EU does not come to anything like this amount, especially if the… 391 more words


James Price Aero Financial - Finance bill may drop contentious measures

The most politically contentious legislation may be delayed until after the election, potentially affecting the requirement to force small businesses and landlords to keep digital records. 407 more words


How are the new Stamp Duty changes (April 2016) effecting the UK housing market ?

What are the changes in Stamp Duty ?

As of April 1st 2016 considerable changes in payable Stamp Duty (SDLT) were introduced by the conservative government in the UK (excluding Scotland) when buying a second home. 654 more words


Brexit Brit’s top ministers flood India seeking Empire 2.0 trade deals 

Shashi Tharoor’s attack on British rule got more attention in the UK

Governor of the Bank of England came too, but who noticed?

Three British cabinet ministers plus the governor of the Bank of England and two other government ministers trooped through India just before Easter in a seemingly desperate bid to drum up support from their largest former colony as Brexit looms – and before, following today’s announcement, they start campaigning for the UK’s June 8 general election. 1,005 more words


Why we need better Budgets

Philip Hammond’s u-turn on proposed changes to National Insurance Contributions was the latest in a growing list of Budget measures to be withdrawn in the face of a parliamentary and media backlash. 1,629 more words


The Market as Automata

The Conservative government recently announced their Spring budget via the near universally derided Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond. My loathing for the Tories is undisguised but when they announce their budget for the year ahead it is time to pay particular attention as it describes, better than any rhetoric, what the beliefs and ideologies of Conservatives are and most importantly where their faith lies which is (and seemingly always has been) in that strange and ephemeral thing: The Market. 1,526 more words