Analysis: Make the Tories suffer for the mismatch between rhetoric and reality on ending austerity
CommonSpace editor Ben Wray analyses the politics of the Budget – can the party of ‘the age of austerity’ really sell a new Corbyn-lite image?
THE Chancellor is increasing the deficit. That is the consequence of the £30 billion in new spending commitments to 2023-24 announced at today’s [29 October] Budget.
It’s not a big rise in the deficit, but the days of Osbornomics appear to be behind us. Not, though, the age of austerity, despite what Theresa May may say.
Queries to Citizens Advice Scotland almost triple due to Universal Credit roll-out
The number of people seeking advice regarding welfare reforms has increased by almost 200 per cent, a new report reveals
CITIZENS ADVICE SCOTLAND (CAS), Scotland’s largest independent advice network, has been swamped with requests for advice and assistance regarding the rollout of Universal Credit.
Everything you need to know about the UK budget
The Autumn Budget has been revealed with key announcements on Universal Credit, VAT and investment in technology
THE UK GOVERNMENT’S tax and spending plans for the year were announced in Chancellor Philip Hammond’s budget speech on Wednesday, which will have far-reaching consequences – one way or another – for people across the UK.
Hidden pain: 5 ways the budget will reshape the UK
What can we tell about the Conservatives long term economic vision from the budget?
THE LATEST UK budget was presented by the Conservative Government as characterised by modest progress and stability, yet there was a lot going on just below the surface.
Predictions for growth, changes to taxes and in employment, NHS funding and approaches to wages and inflation show the Tories have a plan to transform the UK’s economic landscape.
And much of that new policy will impact the poorest in the country.
Explainer: Is Scotland a winner or a loser in the UK Government’s spring budget?
The 2017 UK Budget has been announced with measures entrenching austerity in Brexit era Britain
CHANCELLOR Philip Hammond’s spring budget, and a screaming House of Commons, made much of a £350m ‘bonus’ for the Scottish Government.
The Speaker of the House had to stop proceedings for the only time during the almost hour long budget reading due to braying from Conservative benches when the figure was announced. But what has this budget actually delivered for Scotland?
CommonSpace asks whether Scotland is a winner or a loser from Hammond’s budget
News in 5 Minutes: The million public sector jobs lost, Alex Neil's real reasons for voting Brexit and the project fear video too scary for broadcast
CommonSpace brings you the news so you don’t have to go looking for it
TODAY’S INSTALMENT (23 November) of the the CommonSpace daily news roundup includes the loss of one million public sector jobs, Alex Neil speaks out on his reasons for voting for Brexit, and the Better Together video too doom laden to be broadcast.
News: One million lost public sector jobs lost from austerity
Chancellor abandons George Osborne's surplus target to focus on infrastructure
UK chancellor in his keynote speech to Conservative party conference outlines a “pragmatic” approach after ripping up George Osborne fiscal policy of having a surplus by 2020
PHILIP HAMMOND has said that he will rip up his predecessor George Osborne’s target of having a surplus by the end of this parliament, and instead focus on infrastructure projects to boost the economy.
SNP demands further action to revitalise the North Sea sector
Tories aren’t fulfilling promises made to the oil and gas industries, say SNP
THE SNP HAS MADE A SERIES OF DEMANDS to the UK Treasury, calling for further action to secure and support the North Sea oil and gas sector and expressing its dissatisfaction with measures announced in the autumn budget.
“Tinkering at the margins”: Budget does not do enough for women, campaigners say
Chancellor faces criticism for silence on key areas such as social care and women’s pensions
FOLLOWING THE ANNOUNCEMENT of the UK Government’s tax and spending plans on Wednesday by Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond, the UK and Scottish Women’s Budget Groups and Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) campaigners have said the budget fails to make the investments needed to address women’s inequality.