UK economy

Hammond puts Britain in the fast lane to recovery

Last week’s Budget pleased nobody. But in a few years’ time we may look back on it as the point when the clouds started to lift, says Max King.

Land value tax: the least-bad tax

Adam Smith, Milton Friedman, MoneyWeek and the Labour Party are all fans of a land value tax. But what exactly is it and how would it work? Simon Wilson reports.

How the Budget affects SMEs

Monday’s Budget, though not quite as dramatic as some expected, contained several measures that are relevant to small businesses.

Austerity may be ending, but we still have huge debts to pay off

The chancellor tried to present a cheerful picture of Britain’s finances in his budget speech this week, says John Stepek. But the national debt hasn’t gone away – and we have a hunch about who’ll have to pay for it.

The national debt really does matter

From the Budget, you’d think Britain’s growing national debt won’t have any consequences, says Merryn Somerset Webb – despite history suggesting otherwise.

The message from the Budget: this one’s for the little people

The Budget contained very little of interest, says John Stepek. But it did point to where we’re heading politically – and that’s in a direction that should worry investors.

Pensions are for your retirement, not for a rainy day

The point of saving into a pension is that you can’t get the money until you retire. The chancellor should resist the temptation to relax the rules on early access.

Here’s what to expect from today’s Budget

John Stepek gives a rundown on Philip Hammond’s Budget later today, and how it might affect your pocket.

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.

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