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Tuesday 20th of June 2017 06:48:09 AM
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.... The stakes are high, not only for the individuals involved and the bank itself, which has been trying to restore its reputation after a series of scandals, but also for the SFO and its head, David Green. The Conservatives’ election manifesto pledged to fold the SFO into the National Crime Agency. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Sunday 18th of June 2017 02:51:04 PM
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....”. Pro-cap Conservatives are likely to get further ammunition within the next fortnight, when British Gas is expected to hike prices for the three-quarters of its 14 million customers. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Monday 19th of June 2017 03:36:14 PM
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....The vote against austerity was long overdue. Under Cameron and Osborne the Conservatives got away with blue murder in blaming the world financial crisis on Labour in general and Gordon Brown in particular. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Sunday 18th of June 2017 06:00:04 AM
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....The combination of all these trends allows employers to keep wage rises at about 2%. These are the same employers who, despite enjoying a cut in corporation tax from 28% since 2010 to 19% today under the Conservatives and the promise of 17% by 2020, are hoarding profits and investing very little to increase output. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Sunday 18th of June 2017 04:54:09 PM
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....”. Andrew RT Davies, leader of the Conservatives in the Welsh Assembly, said: “This could be the biggest single loss of jobs in Wales since 2009, and will be a huge blow for the employees and their families and the South Wales economy. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Wednesday 21st of June 2017 02:05:28 PM
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....6 million vulnerable customers. That compromise would be exactly what the industry has been lobbying for, and a huge rowing back by the Conservatives after months of escalating rhetoric from May and ministers. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Wednesday 21st of June 2017 03:57:48 PM
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. The new welfare and pensions secretary believes the government will have to reform the triple lock on pensions within his lifetime, despite concerns that it could lose votes for the Conservatives. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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.... “We could see more borrowing because of the desire to spend a little more than current plans imply, and because of a lack of desire to put up taxes to pay for it,” he said. Hammond and May must also consider whether the Conservatives should match Labour spending pledges, like scrapping tuition fees, that proved popular with young voters. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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. The chancellor, Philip Hammond, hinted on Sunday that the government would ease up on its austerity programme, saying the Conservatives were “not deaf” to the message delivered by the election result. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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Triple lock on pensions will go eventually, says pensions secretary image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 22nd of June 2017 06:15:54 PM
. The new welfare and pensions secretary believes the government will have to reform the triple lock on pensions within his lifetime, despite concerns that it could lose votes for the Conservatives. ...
Tory pledge to cap energy bills missing from Queen's speech image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 21st of June 2017 03:57:48 PM
....6 million vulnerable customers. That compromise would be exactly what the industry has been lobbying for, and a huge rowing back by the Conservatives after months of escalating rhetoric from May and ministers. ...
Tesco staff 'shocked' as call centre closure puts 1,100 jobs at risk image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 21st of June 2017 02:05:28 PM
....”. Andrew RT Davies, leader of the Conservatives in the Welsh Assembly, said: “This could be the biggest single loss of jobs in Wales since 2009, and will be a huge blow for the employees and their families and the South Wales economy. ...
Energy price cap likely to go ahead despite warnings of 'timebomb' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 19th of June 2017 03:36:14 PM
....”. Pro-cap Conservatives are likely to get further ammunition within the next fortnight, when British Gas is expected to hike prices for the three-quarters of its 14 million customers. ...
Pain without gain: the truth about austerity | Phillip Inman image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 18th of June 2017 04:54:09 PM
....The combination of all these trends allows employers to keep wage rises at about 2%. These are the same employers who, despite enjoying a cut in corporation tax from 28% since 2010 to 19% today under the Conservatives and the promise of 17% by 2020, are hoarding profits and investing very little to increase output. ...
Barclays to learn if SFO will press charges over Qatari cash injections image
.... The stakes are high, not only for the individuals involved and the bank itself, which has been trying to restore its reputation after a series of scandals, but also for the SFO and its head, David Green. The Conservatives’ election manifesto pledged to fold the SFO into the National Crime Agency. ...
Philip Hammond hints government will ease up on austerity image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 18th of June 2017 09:51:43 AM
. The chancellor, Philip Hammond, hinted on Sunday that the government would ease up on its austerity programme, saying the Conservatives were “not deaf” to the message delivered by the election result. ...
Brexiters have voted for a poverty even worse than austerity image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 18th of June 2017 06:00:04 AM
....The vote against austerity was long overdue. Under Cameron and Osborne the Conservatives got away with blue murder in blaming the world financial crisis on Labour in general and Gordon Brown in particular. ...
Philip Hammond under pressure to spend to lure voters back to Tories image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 17th of June 2017 03:00:41 PM
.... “We could see more borrowing because of the desire to spend a little more than current plans imply, and because of a lack of desire to put up taxes to pay for it,” he said. Hammond and May must also consider whether the Conservatives should match Labour spending pledges, like scrapping tuition fees, that proved popular with young voters. ...
SSE boss gets 72% pay rise weeks after arguing against cap on bills image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 16th of June 2017 05:24:56 PM
....9% in the financial year 2016-17. Among the big six suppliers, SSE has the highest proportion of customers (91%) on standard variable tariffs, the default energy deals that the Conservatives have promised to cap. ...
The Guardian view on austerity economics: it failed | Editorial image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 14th of June 2017 07:07:26 PM
.... That is certainly what voters want, fatigued as they are by a decade of cuts and falling wages. It is also what a politically wounded Mrs May wants; hence the message from senior Conservatives since the election that austerity is dead. ...
Theresa May is warned: don't break election vow on energy price cap image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 14th of June 2017 05:33:11 PM
....A Conservative source told the Guardian that sticking with an absolute cap, rather than looking at other options such as a relative one, would “present problems for a few colleagues”. The Democratic Unionist party, from whom the Tories are seeking support for their minority government, has not called for such a stark intervention as a price cap but there is no huge clash with the Conservatives’ policy. ...
Google and Facebook face penalties if they don't stop online hate image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 13th of June 2017 08:22:44 PM
....Regulating extremist content online was a key feature of May’s response to the terror attacks at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester and on London Bridge, which both occurred during the general election campaign. Macron backed efforts to allow the security services better access to encrypted communication, echoing the Conservatives’ manifesto pledge to examine how to tackle encrypted communications between extremists. ...
Foreign investors snapping up London homes suitable for first-time buyers image
....Labour’s shadow housing secretary, John Healey, said a Labour government would give local people “first dibs” on new homes ahead of overseas buyers. “This failure on housing was one of the reasons why the Conservatives fell short at the election last week,” he said. ...
Incomes squeeze denied May a landslide – now she must change course image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 13th of June 2017 01:06:01 PM
....Anyone seeking an explanation for the bloody nose received by the government in the election should start with wages, prices and living standards. Sure, the Conservatives fought a terrible campaign. ...
Moody's warns election result will complicate Brexit talks image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 12th of June 2017 11:01:40 PM
....In terms of the outlook for growth, it's clear that things are not going in the right direction. He also played down a view in the markets that the Conservatives’ reduced standing would lead to a soft Brexit deal. ...
Bad EU trade deal 'disastrous' for UK jobs, investment and growth image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 12th of June 2017 01:07:11 PM
....On Friday, in the hours immediately after the surprise election result, the pound fell to an eight-week low and shares in banks, builders and retailers fell. The markets recovered as it seemed that the Conservatives had reached a deal with the DUP, but on Sunday the status of that deal looked less clear cut. ...
Pensions triple lock: What is the triple lock and will Theresa May get rid of it? image
....Mrs May could struggle to remove the triple lock now that she has lost her Parliamentary majority. The Conservatives are set to make a “confidence and supply” deal with the DUP, however the party has previously attacked the Government’s position on pensions. ...
Britain looks set for a politically hot summer but what is the future for your finances? image
....One benefit of post-electoral uncertainty is that it may delay reforms to the UK pension system that might have cost retirees dear. Jon Greer, head of retirement policy at Old Mutual Wealth, says the Conservatives were the only party planning to abolish the triple lock on pensions from 2020, which guarantees the state pension will rise in line with either prices, inflation or 2. ...
Dementia tax: Tory-DUP coalition could take care cost reforms off agenda, says ex minister image
. Huge changes to the way older people would contribute to care costs were unveiled in the Tory manifesto, and are thought to be part of the reason the Conservatives failed to get a majority in the 2017 election, resulting in a hung parliament. ...
Business and City leaders call for reassurance image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 9th of June 2017 08:06:32 AM
...."The majority of British business will be waiting to see whether a stable government can be formed in short order. "If the Conservatives govern as a minority, they must recognise that they have not earned a mandate to implement their manifesto in full. ...
Election 2017: Hung parliament WORST possible outcome for pensions, say experts image
....". Conservatives pledged to drop the state pension triple-lock, which guarantees the payment will rise by the highest of 2. ...
UK economy now in the fog of election uncertainty | Larry Elliott image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 9th of June 2017 07:15:28 AM
.... Unsurprisingly, the CBI expressed concern at an outcome that is bound to make business warier about investing. Life is only going to get more difficult for the Conservatives, assuming that they manage to cling on to power as a minority government. ...
Pound plunges amid fears over Brexit delays image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 9th of June 2017 01:05:46 AM
....27 in the currency markets, its lowest level in six weeks. It was projected the Conservatives would become the largest party but fall short of the 326 seats required for a majority. ...
Election 2017: Pound under pressure amid Labour surge image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 8th of June 2017 09:42:36 PM
....The pound has fallen sharply as traders react to the results of the general election. The currency markets had been expecting a clear victory for Theresa May's Conservatives, but the party does not appear set to win a Commons majority. ...
Markets edge down as fears surface on size of Tory majority image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 8th of June 2017 04:46:15 PM
.... “If you take an average of the polls conducted, it points to a Conservative win but some investors have less confidence in the polls, in the wake of Brexit and President Trump,” he said. However, the pound and stock market are both expected to rise sharply if the Conservatives win a large majority. ...
How will the City react to a Tory or Labour general election victory? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 8th of June 2017 09:10:38 AM
....Investors were surprised when May called the election on 18 April, with the FTSE 100 suffering its biggest fall since the vote for Brexit while sterling rallied, but most commentators expected the Tories would win convincingly, with some predicting a landslide. “A somewhat unimpressive campaign from the Conservatives, plus a better showing from [Labour leader] Jeremy Corbyn than had been expected, have combined to make this campaign more of a contest than was likely six weeks ago,” said analysts at financial firm IG. ...
General Election: Four ways the result could affect expats in the EU image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 7th of June 2017 04:02:00 PM
.... . A strong victory for the Conservatives is likely to see gilt yields fall, while a hung parliament or Labour victory could push them higher. ...
How will the General Election affect your money? Pensions, savings and tax compared  image
.... Here are how the two main parties plan to affect your everyday earnings and burdens. Income taxThe Conservatives have been steadily raising the personal allowance - the amount you can earn before paying income tax - and this is set to continue under Theresa May. ...
Pound V euro: GBP exchange rate against EU strengthens as Tories tipped to win election image
....149, however. With the various political parties making a final push for votes on the last day of campaigning ahead of tomorrow’s general election, sterling has begun to creep higher on suggestions that the Conservatives will be able to secure a healthy majority. ...
The Guardian view on the economy: invest for growth | Editorial image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 6th of June 2017 07:08:11 PM
.... Corporate profits will be returned to 2010 levels to fund it. The Conservatives expect lower corporation tax rates to finally trigger an increase in investment, and economic growth strong enough to offset the party’s painful austerity agenda. ...
Britain’s economic model is broken: this is our first post-crash election | Aditya Chakrabortty image
.... And to listen to TV’s sofa pundits is to hear a very different election. They would have you believe that Labour and the Conservatives have rarely been further apart. ...
General Election 2017: May would revive Board of Trade image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 5th of June 2017 11:01:39 PM
.... . Liam Fox, the International Trade Secretary, said: "There is a world of opportunity out there for the United Kingdom as we leave the European Union, but only Theresa May and the Conservatives have the plan and the ability to get the right deal for Britain. ...
Job opportunities should not wither as we age | Katie Allen image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 4th of June 2017 01:06:00 PM
.... Those forecasts suggest that today’s 10-year-olds have a 50% chance of living to at least 103. This rising longevity has come under the spotlight during the election campaign in a way the Conservatives would rather forget. ...
General Election 2017: Should YOU buy holiday money before the vote? image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Friday 2nd of June 2017 02:06:00 PM
....The pound has been battered in recent days after polls showed Theresa May's lead over Jeremy Corbyn has dramatically fallen. Sterling hit multi-week lows against the dollar after polls showed the Conservatives may not breeze to victory on June 8. ...
Sterling flat as shares edge higher image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 2nd of June 2017 07:47:25 AM
....143 euros. Recent opinion polls have cast doubt on earlier forecasts of a landslide win for the Conservatives on 8 June. ...
UK manufacturing in healthy shape despite election uncertainty image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 1st of June 2017 05:24:04 PM
....The closely watched poll of factory sentiment came in just ahead of City economists’ expectations and suggested firms were shrugging off any uncertainty created by the general election. However, the responses from about 600 companies were collected between 12 and 25 May – before opinion polls started to show a significant narrowing in the Conservatives’ lead. ...
Trade union membership has plunged to all-time low, says ONS image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 1st of June 2017 10:43:25 AM
....2% drop, the biggest annual cut since records began in 1995, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said. Unite accused the Conservatives of having a policy of “shrinking the union base”, which it said had been aided by seven years of austerity. ...
Tory plans mean no one will be left to build homes | Michael Thirkettle image
....Restoring the power for councils to build their own homes could help. After the second world war, council housebuilding was in the hundreds of thousands, reaching a peak of 220,000under the Conservatives in 1953. ...
Labour promises to save average rail commuter £200 on season ticket image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 1st of June 2017 06:00:47 AM
....The party said that since 2010, regulated rail fares as a whole had risen by just over 27%, meaning the average cost of a season ticket had risen by almost £600. Its leader, Jeremy Corbyn, said: “Under the Conservatives, rail fares have sky-rocketed and tickets are some of the most expensive in Europe. ...
Sterling recovers after hung parliament prediction image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 31st of May 2017 12:06:08 AM
. Sterling has recovered after being hit by a projection suggesting the Conservatives could fail to win a majority in the general election. ...
UK's biggest solar company takes shine to global projects with deals worth £3bn image
.... The company has a dedicated team working on batteries and is working with an undisclosed retailer on one major storage project. Van den Heuvel does not have high hopes for a change of mindset on solar by the Conservatives after the election. ...
UK lobbies Europe to dilute flagship energy efficiency law image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 28th of May 2017 01:06:30 PM
....On the day Theresa May triggered article 50, government officials asked the European commission to weaken or drop elements of its flagship energy efficiency law. Green campaigners warned that the efforts to undermine the energy efficiency directive were a sign the Conservatives would dilute or abolish European energy and climate policies after the UK leaves the EU. ...
Far from ‘strong and stable’, May’s economic plan is weak and unstable image
.... They would involve annual increases of 2% a year). When the consultancy firm Oxford Economics put the economic plans of the three main parties through its model it concluded that the continuation of austerity under the Conservatives would lead to stable although unspectacular growth averaging 1. ...
This election ignores the most pressing issue: our economic outlook is disastrous | Laura Gardiner image
.... This means significantly more money to spend on public services in an expansive programme of nationalisations and investment in health, schools, higher education and childcare. In contrast, the Conservatives plan to carry on along the road of spending cuts that we’ve been on for the past seven years. ...
FTSE reaches record high as UK opinion poll spooks sterling image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 26th of May 2017 06:37:09 PM
.... A survey by the CBI of services firms earlier this week found that optimism increased markedly on the previous month and investment intentions were upbeat. But analysts said the catalyst for sterling’s fall was a YouGov poll in The Times giving Labour 38% of the vote, three points up on last week, and the Conservatives down one point at 43%, possibly handing May only a slim majority in parliament. ...
Winter Fuel Allowance: Tory means-testing to give 'trivial' savings, blasts IFS image
....5 per cent part of the pledge will be dropped. The Conservatives have looked to scale back the state pension and winter fuel allowance to make savings. ...
IFS to voters: you have a choice between the 'undeliverable' or 'unworkable' image
.... The Tories would shrink the state; Labour would expand it. If the opinion polls are to be believed, Labour’s “soak the rich” approach has gone down rather better than “more of the same” from the Conservatives. ...
IFS makes damning assessment of Tory and Labour manifestos image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 26th of May 2017 08:37:33 AM
.... Emmerson said a Tory government would be forced to either pull back on spending cuts or increase taxes to prevent further cuts in the NHS and schools from hitting services. “The Conservatives simply offer the cuts already promised. ...
Tories and Labour not being honest with voters: IFS image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 26th of May 2017 08:21:41 AM
. Neither the Conservatives nor Labour are being honest with voters about the economic consequences of their policy proposals, an influential think tank has warned. ...
Net migration to the UK falls to 248,000 in 2016 image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 25th of May 2017 09:29:15 AM
....The ONS figures are the last official migration data before next month's general election. The Conservatives' aim since 2010 has been to reduce net migration to "the tens of thousands". ...
Forget 'strong and stable' – leadership is about knowing your weaknesses image
.... He has spent the last four months demonstrating that, even if it were realistic for one person to single-handedly fix the country’s problems, he is not the man for the task. Here in the UK, the Conservatives and Theresa May are flirting with a similar message of leadership, though admittedly with less bombast than Trump. ...
Oil bosses have given £390,000 to Tories under Theresa May image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 23rd of May 2017 05:00:43 AM
. Oil executives whose industry is promised further government support if the Conservatives are returned to power have given more than £390,000 to the party since Theresa May became prime minister. ...
Debt fears remain despite manifesto 'breathing space' plans image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 22nd of May 2017 11:24:11 PM
....People in serious debt can expect more legal protection from bailiffs, charges and interest after pledges in the major parties' manifestos. The Conservatives and Labour have vowed to extend a "breathing space" scheme used in Scotland to allow people time to organise repayments. ...
Could citizens’ wealth funds halt the dominance of the financial elite? image
.... Labour, the Greens and many environmentalists want to ban it. The Conservatives have now signalled they plan to press ahead, but with this new twist – that some of the revenue will be socialised for public benefit. ...
From tax to Brexit, the Tories will do anything to stay in power image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 21st of May 2017 06:00:47 AM
....Many reports have suggested that when presented with individual Labour policies – in what one might call a “blind tasting” – respondents have been much more enthusiastic than when the names of Corbyn and some of his colleagues come up. One peculiarity of this campaign is that policies such as caps on the charges made by energy suppliers were derided by the Conservatives when propagated by Corbyn’s predecessor, Ed Miliband, but have now been brazenly filched by Theresa May. ...
How workable – and how expensive – might Labour’s renationalisations be? image
....Labour has outlined plans to bring the rail, water and energy supply industries back into public ownership. Royal Mail will also be nationalised as part of a manifesto pledge to reverse some of the high-profile privatisations pushed through by the Conservatives in the 1980s and 90s, and by the more recent coalition government. ...
Winter fuel allowance: What the Tory Manifesto pledge REALLY means for you image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Friday 19th of May 2017 02:29:00 PM
....However, the payment has long been criticised for paying out to everyone over the age of 64 regardless of whether they need it. In the manifesto the Conservatives say the payment is given "regardless of need, giving money to wealthier pensioners when working people on lower incomes do not get similar support". ...
German business leaders urge Tories to rethink plan to leave single market image
....German industrialists have warned that British hopes of their support in Brexit negotiations are misplaced and could backfire with dangerous consequences for international trade. Business leaders in Europe’s biggest economy are instead calling on Conservatives to rethink their commitment to leaving the single market, even though the party has doubled down on this promise in its election manifesto. ...
National Grid boss says Labour plan will stall green energy drive image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 18th of May 2017 05:00:40 PM
.... The share price of British Gas owner Centrica was up by 2% and SSE was up 1% on Thursday after the Tory manifesto included only a woolly promise to protect “more customers on the poorest-value tariffs”, compared with the 17m households the party had pledged before. The Conservatives also said they would remove the need for planning permission for companies undertaking exploratory shale drilling, and create a new shale regulator to speed up development. ...
Election 2017: Conservative pension and triple-lock policy explained image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Thursday 18th of May 2017 02:47:00 PM
....5 per cent. But the Conservatives have confirmed the 2. ...
Tories receive £50,000 from man questioned by Serious Fraud Office image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 18th of May 2017 02:12:09 PM
.... It has also said that an investigation by its lawyers and auditors found no evidence that any director “was aware of the alleged misconduct”. Electoral Commission records show that the Conservatives raised more than £4. ...
Serious Fraud Office under threat from Tory plans image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 18th of May 2017 12:24:06 PM
. The Conservatives have rekindled a previous attempt by Theresa May to dismantle the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), the party's manifesto reveals. ...
The Guardian view on the economy: it’s bad | Editorial image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 17th of May 2017 06:48:00 PM
.... Greater inequality will result unless action is taken to prevent the concentration of wealth. The battle between Labour and Conservatives to be seen as the workers’ friend suggests that both parties understand that labour’s share of national income cannot go on falling. ...
SSE warns of 'consequences' of price cap image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 17th of May 2017 08:17:10 AM
...."Big six" energy company SSE has said that there are "challenges" ahead including the threat of a price cap in the next Parliament. It has warned about the "unintended consequences" of a price cap on standard variable tariffs proposed by the Conservatives. ...
Mersey feat: world's biggest wind turbines go online near Liverpool image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 17th of May 2017 05:30:46 AM
.... Eight further projects already under construction will add more than half that capacity again. But ministers have made it clear that the industry must keep cutting costs if the technology, the only large renewable energy source backed by the Conservatives, is to continue earning taxpayer support. ...
Labour gambles on tax and spend – but will the public back it? | Larry Elliott image
.... That gamble is necessary because Labour’s tax increases only cover day-to-day spending and not investment in public infrastructure of £25bn a year. Labour believes that the failure of the Conservatives to get the budget deficit down despite year after year of austerity has made it possible to make the case for a different approach under which McDonnell would take advantage of low interest rates to borrow to invest. ...
Labour manifesto: Extra £48.6bn in tax revenue to fund pledges image
....Labour said all the pledges were costed, with other fundraising measures including corporation tax rises, a crackdown on tax avoidance and an "excessive pay levy" on salaries above £330,000. But the Conservatives said working families would "pay the price" for what they said were a series of unfunded spending commitments. ...
Global stock markets: what's driving the record rises – and will they continue? image
.... But over the weekend, Merkel’s CDU defeated its rival SPD in regional elections, suggesting Merkel has little to worry about in September’s poll. As for the UK election, Theresa May’s Conservatives appear so far ahead that a shock result looks unlikely and investors are hoping a strong Tory majority will head off the threat of a chaotic Brexit. ...
General election 2017: Lib Dems promise £100-a-week for entrepreneurs' living costs image
....Labour will also reveal its plans for business on Tuesday as it launches its general election manifesto. The start-up allowance scheme, costing £146m over five years, will be one of a number of announcements aimed at differentiating the Lib Dems from Labour and the Conservatives. ...
Labour reveals 'fat cat' tax pledge aimed at reining in excessive pay image
....Money for a series of giveaways will come from reversing corporation tax and inheritance tax cuts and a proposal to hit City transactions with a “Robin Hood tax”. The moves deepen the bidding war between Corbyn’s party and the Conservatives over ways to hit the wealthy in order to woo working-class voters. ...

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