articles: Public sector

Modern Slavery Act

Despite slavery being outlawed in modern Western society, we still hear of instances of gang masters oppressing and exploiting the vulnerable. We hear of instances of people in developing countries being forced to work for little or no money in appalling conditions. It is because of these issues that the UK government introduced the Modern Slavery Act.

Autumn Statement reasserts public spending efficiency targets to 2020

Despite a tumultuous few months since George Osborne’s eighth and final Budget back in March, the Autumn Statement, delivered by the new Chancellor of the Exchequer, Phillip Hammond, bought about few surprises. Perhaps the biggest twist of all was the announcement that the Autumn Statement shall actually be abolished altogether, giving way to an annual Spring Statement which will put an end to biannual policy changes. 

The Budget 2016 – video summary

A sugar-coated Budget for the next generation

In the uncertain global economic environment, the Chancellor’s deficit-reduction goals have become more challenging. But he still managed to strike an up-beat tone when delivering “a Budget that puts the next generation first”.

An Autumn Statement for “rebuilding Britain”

Five years since delivering his first spending review, George Osborne spent over an hour delivering his 2015 Autumn Statement. He repeatedly stated the Government’s intent to build public services, infrastructure, national defences and strong public finances.

The Autumn Statement – what can we expect?

The Chancellor of the Exchequer will deliver his Autumn Statement on Wednesday 3 December. This will provide an update on the government’s plans for the economy based on the latest forecasts from the Office for Budget Responsibility, which will be published the same day.

The Budget 2014 – summary

In a speech full of sound bites, the Chancellor’s 2014 Budget repeated past themes – the need to build a resilient economy and for Britain to live within its means. But his dominant message was new: this was a Budget for “the makers, the doers and the savers”.