UK economy

Business must battle the Green surge

The Greens are riding high in the polls, says Matthew Lynn. It’s time for business to face up to that challenge.

Good news for everyone as housebuilding finally enters the 21st century

Until now, there has been precious little sign of automation in the housebuilding sector. But that’s now changing, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Watch out for next week's Budget

The Chancellor will be on the hunt for more money in next week’s Budget, says Merryn Somerset Webb. There’s every chance he could come knocking at your door.

Why higher taxes look inevitable

Britain’s public finances were dealt a vicious blow by the financial crisis of 2008. We’ve come a long way since then, says Simon Wilson – but meeting the government’s goals will require higher taxes.

Scrapheap beckons for Universal Credit

Tories’ big welfare reform is set to be ditched. Matthew Partridge reports.

Brexit: bordering on the impossible

It’s hard to see how Theresa May can cut the Gordian knot of the Irish border. Emily Hohler reports.

A tough week for investors

Stock markets have heaped plenty of woe on investors this week, says John Stepek. At least workers have reason to be cheerful.

It’s hard to believe, but Britain’s economy doesn’t look too bad right now

Rising wages, record high employment, moderate inflation and a growing economy. Things are actually looking quite good for Britain at the moment, says John Stepek.

The effect of low-skilled immigration on Britain's productivity

The effects of low-skilled immigration into the UK may be more complicated than many people think, says James Lewisohn.

Warning to employees: the value of your employer can fall as well as rise

If we are to make employee share ownership more widely available – as we should – we have to educate workers on how equity markets behave, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

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