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....Grabiner, a barrister, insisted to MPs that he had been a “responsible” chairman, despite not being invited to a key board meeting that discussed the sale of BHS to a group led by Dominic Chappell, a former bankrupt, for £1. About a year later the department store group collapsed with the loss of 11,000 jobs and leaving a multimillion pound pension deficit. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....Let us take a moment to reflect on what the Tories have done to this country. They made apocalyptic warnings of what would happen if they did not eliminate the deficit by 2015; they didn’t get close, and now that target has vanished off to the distant mid-2020s. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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. Ecuador has become the first country to publicly admit it will not meet Opec’s production curbs, saying it needs to pump more oil to address its fiscal deficit. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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.... Wages are growing at a sluggish pace and business investment has almost evaporated. To make matters worse, the fall in the pound that has generated much of the increase in prices, particularly for food and clothes, has done little to improve the trade deficit. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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Ecuador risks Opec split by increasing oil output image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 18th of July 2017 05:25:11 PM
. Ecuador has become the first country to publicly admit it will not meet Opec’s production curbs, saying it needs to pump more oil to address its fiscal deficit. ...
Now we find out the real cost of austerity – our lives cut short | Owen Jones image
....Let us take a moment to reflect on what the Tories have done to this country. They made apocalyptic warnings of what would happen if they did not eliminate the deficit by 2015; they didn’t get close, and now that target has vanished off to the distant mid-2020s. ...
Karren Brady to chair firm that owns Philip Green's Arcadia group image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 17th of July 2017 02:40:37 PM
....Grabiner, a barrister, insisted to MPs that he had been a “responsible” chairman, despite not being invited to a key board meeting that discussed the sale of BHS to a group led by Dominic Chappell, a former bankrupt, for £1. About a year later the department store group collapsed with the loss of 11,000 jobs and leaving a multimillion pound pension deficit. ...
Aramco may be big, but fawning to Saudis diminishes London image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 16th of July 2017 06:00:14 AM
.... Wages are growing at a sluggish pace and business investment has almost evaporated. To make matters worse, the fall in the pound that has generated much of the increase in prices, particularly for food and clothes, has done little to improve the trade deficit. ...
The Tories have failed to fix the roof – and now storms are brewing | Larry Elliott image
.... The UK has had a recession once in every decade since the 1970s and there is a 50% chance of there being another one in the next five years. Recessions play havoc with the public finances: three of those since the 1970s have seen the budget deficit – the difference between what the government spends and its income in any one year – rise to 6% or more. ...
UK public finances face twin threat from Brexit and downturn, says OBR image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 13th of July 2017 12:07:53 PM
.... “Even a small deterioration in growth could mean billions of pounds less funding for our public services in the long term,” he said. The OBR noted that Brexit was not the only threat to the government’s aim of eliminating the UK’s budget deficit. ...
Carillion has 'no future without rights issue of at least £500m' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 13th of July 2017 06:20:18 AM
....All of which means that City analysts are now speculating that the company could run out of cash – with those at Liberum wondering if it might breach a banking “facility”, effectively the company’s overdraft. Carillion also has a pension deficit of £587m to deal with. ...
Chancellor needs to find an extra £33bn a year to end austerity, says IFS image
....Philip Hammond would need to spend an extra £33bn a year to “end austerity” according to a leading tax and spending watchdog. The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) said the chancellor could use his autumn budget to reverse major cuts scheduled to hit public spending and still keep the government’s spending deficit at 2. ...
Pearson picks up $1bn from Penguin – but no treat for investors | Nils Pratley image
.... But, if humanly possible, Cochrane should try to go faster. The deficit in the pension fund was £587m at the last count and those pensioners deserve to hear even an outline of a recovery plan as soon as possible. ...
Carillion has paid a heavy price for too many risky contracts | Nils Pratley image
....Stand-in boss Keith Cochrane, well-regarded former chief executive of Weir Group, is a good man to have a crisis but, as the share price plunge suggests, fixing the balance sheet may mean asking shareholders for fresh funds. Borrowings averaged £695m in the first half and Carillion is towing a deficit in its pension funds of £587m at the last count. ...
The UK economy must take a long, hard look at itself | Larry Elliott image
.... They had arrived in office promising a different economic model that would be less dependent on private and public debt, and the result was that taxes were raised and public spending was cut to rid Britain of its budgetary incontinence. Businesses would be encouraged to invest by the commitment to reduce the budget deficit, while the Bank of England’s easy money regime would ensure that the economy kept growing at a reasonable pace. ...
Ending austerity means increasing taxes or deficit, warns thinktank image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 8th of July 2017 07:00:02 AM
. Philip Hammond will have to rip up the government’s deficit reduction plan or increase taxes for most of the population if he decides to end seven years of austerity by sanctioning higher public sector pay, reversing welfare cuts and providing extra cash for Whitehall departments, a thinktank has said. ...
Theresa May defends public sector pay cap under pressure from Labour image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 5th of July 2017 07:23:29 PM
. Theresa May raised the spectre of a Greek-style economic collapse if Britain fails to press ahead with tackling the deficit on Wednesday, as she was challenged repeatedly by Jeremy Corbyn over the public sector pay cap. ...
Russia's future looks bleak without economic and political reform | Kenneth Rogoff image
.... With oil prices well over $100 a barrel, the government’s coffers were bursting. So Putin could proudly contrast Russia’s government budget surplus with the large recession-driven deficits across the west. ...
Poorest students will finish university with £57,000 debt, says IFS image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 4th of July 2017 11:01:12 PM
....Jack Britton, one of the IFS report’s authors, said that changes in recent years have been “heavily focused on further reducing the cost to central government” and that it had made the system more unequal. “Replacing maintenance grants with loans reduces the government deficit but results in students from low-income families graduating with the highest debt levels,” he added. ...
Green's 'main purpose' in BHS sale was to avoid pension liability, says watchdog image
....The Pension Regulator on Tuesday published its report into a deal under which Green agreed to hand over £363m in cash to rescue the BHS pension scheme, and settle one of the biggest City rows of recent years. The department store collapsed in April 2016 leading to the loss of 11,000 jobs and leaving a pension deficit assessed at up to £571m. ...
Extra £1bn for Northern Ireland will barely dent public finances image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 27th of June 2017 05:04:26 PM
....A £1bn saving, if that is what was planned, was not priced into the Treasury’s forecasts and therefore its loss is academic. And yet the money would have come in handy this year, when Hammond has conceded that the budget deficit will increase for the first time since 2010. ...
Almost half of highly skilled EU workers 'could leave UK within five years' image
....“But overseas workers, especially those from the EU, tell us they are more likely to leave the UK than before. That points to a short- to medium-term skills deficit that can be met in part by upskilling our domestic workforce but which would also benefit from an immigration system that is attuned to the needs of the economy. ...
Brexit economy: UK faces slowdown amid living standards squeeze image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 22nd of June 2017 11:01:36 AM
....Wages are now falling in real terms – adjusting for inflation – and the squeeze on household budgets has hurt consumer-facing businesses. But unemployment remains at a 42-year low, a drop in imports has narrowed Britain’s trade deficit and the pound’s renewed weakness has boosted the FTSE 100 by flattering the performance of companies that operate overseas and report their earnings in dollars. ...
Bank of England says interest rates should be kept on hold amid Brexit uncertainty image
....Mark Carney said he would want to see how businesses, financial markets and consumers reacted to the reality of the UK’s looming departure from the EU before changing his view. The governor, who attracted criticism from Conservative MPs for the recession warnings he issued before last summer’s referendum, said the Brexit talks would have a significant bearing on whether the UK’s historically high balance of payments deficit would become more sustainable. ...
Pain without gain: the truth about austerity | Phillip Inman image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 18th of June 2017 04:54:09 PM
.... Together with April’s shocker, when government borrowing was higher than the same month last year, the first two months of this financial year are forecast to show the borrowing requirement for the year is on track to be higher, not lower than last year. When David Cameron and George Osborne were in Downing Street, bringing down the deficit was the main aim of domestic policy. ...
Philip Hammond hints government will ease up on austerity image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 18th of June 2017 09:51:43 AM
....In interviews in which he also criticised Theresa May’s team for sidelining him during the election campaign, Hammond said that he accepted that “people are weary of the long slog”. But he also insisted that, with the deficit still at 2. ...
Whole Foods, then a whole industry? Amazon sinks teeth into supermarkets image
.... An Amazonian attack – when it arrives – threatens to be similarly relentless. News stories about the future of pensions tend to come under the category of “we’re all doomed”, peppered with references to deficits and timebombs. ...
Brexiters have voted for a poverty even worse than austerity image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 18th of June 2017 06:00:04 AM
.... 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. Their obsession with “the deficit” hoodwinked people who do not understand that a nation is not a household, and that cuts in public expenditure are the reverse of what is required in a time of depression. ...
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
....Hammond has already eased the pace of austerity since moving into the Treasury almost a year ago but is opposed to the idea that his planned planned autumn budget should result in far higher borrowing to fund new spending pledges. The pressure to ease up comes just as Hammond can trumpet some progress on cutting the deficit – which is the gap between what the government receives in income, such as through taxes, each year and what it spends. ...
The eurozone must reform or die | Kenneth Rogoff image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 16th of June 2017 05:00:00 AM
.... And make no mistake: the election of Emmanuel Macron is a landmark event, raising hopes that France will re-energise its economy sufficiently to become a full and equal partner to Germany in eurozone governance. Macron and his economic team are full of promising ideas, and he will have a huge majority in the national assembly to implement them (though it will help if the Germans give him leeway on budget deficits in exchange for reform). ...
Moody's warns election result will complicate Brexit talks image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 12th of June 2017 11:01:40 PM
.... The rating agency downgraded the outlook on the rating to negative from stable on 24 June last year, the day after the EU referendum. In Monday’s update, it said recent political developments were “credit negative” given that the government was likely to put plans to cut the deficit on hold. ...
Pound recovers after sharp falls as political turmoil hits markets image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 9th of June 2017 04:46:50 PM
....Kathrin Muehlbronner, a senior vice-president at Moody’s and lead UK sovereign analyst, said: “The future path of the UK sovereign rating will be largely driven by two factors: first, the outcome of the UK’s negotiations on leaving the European Union and the implications this has for the country’s growth outlook. Second, fiscal developments, given the country’s fiscal deficit and rising public debt. ...
What are the markets telling us about the election? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 9th of June 2017 11:36:19 AM
.... . Ultimately the value of the pound matters, because, in a country that runs a trade deficit, we rely on foreign investors to keep the economy afloat. ...
UK industrial output weaker than expected image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 9th of June 2017 10:05:52 AM
....2%, which was also much weaker than expected. Separate figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed the UK's trade deficit narrowed in April. ...
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
.... On that basis, this was a supremely daft time to hold an election, because prices are going up more quickly than wages, which are still lower in real terms than they were seven years ago. Far from helping the Conservatives, the terrorist attacks in Manchester and London merely served to make voters wonder about the wisdom of cuts in police budgets in an attempt to hit deficit-reduction targets that have not been met. ...
Republicans take aim at Dodd-Frank financial rules image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 8th of June 2017 02:18:10 PM
....It would also loosen rules on home loans and allow banks to opt out of Dodd-Frank rules if they maintain a 10% ratio of capital to assets. The Congressional Budget Office estimates the changes would lower the federal deficit by about $24bn. ...
Sir Philip Green's retail empire reels from BHS closure and Topshop fall image
.... Taveta still owes the Green family nearly £87m for the failed department store. The accounts also show Arcadia’s pension deficit, the difference between its assets and liabilities, more than doubled to £426. ...
Trump to privatise air traffic control image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 5th of June 2017 06:42:18 PM
....The plan will need to get through Congress for approval. Mr Trump's budget proposal said the change would take effect in 2021 and estimated the reform would increase the budget deficit by about $45bn (£35bn) over 10 years. ...
Philip Green fashion empire hit by 16% fall in profits image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 4th of June 2017 03:29:15 PM
.... Other executives who have departed recently include Evans boss Fiona Ross, Burton’s managing director Wesley Taylor and Miss Selfridge creative director Yasmin Yusuf. The pension scheme deficit at Arcadia Group has risen to nearly £1bn, according to documents recently published by MPs investigating the demise of BHS and pensions regulation. ...
How to respond to Trump's America | Joseph Stiglitz image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 2nd of June 2017 01:29:00 PM
....While Trump and his cabinet may know how to make business deals, they haven’t the slightest idea how the economic system as a whole works. If the administration’s macroeconomic policies are implemented, they will result in a larger trade deficit and a further decline in manufacturing. ...
Hoover pension deal agreed affecting 7,500 members image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 2nd of June 2017 11:50:35 AM
....The Hoover pensions scheme will also receive a shareholding worth a 33% stake in the company as part of the deal. The scheme has a deficit of about £250m and Hoover had to prove the business was at risk of going bust in the next 12 months unless action was taken. ...
India's slowing growth blamed on 'big mistake' of demonetisation image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 1st of June 2017 01:31:26 PM
....Growth in India has been slowing since the middle of 2016, according to HSBC, but Das said the country’s economy was generally wellmanaged. “The inflation rate is the lowest it’s been in five years, the fiscal deficit has come down, and India has in fact become the largest destination for foreign investment in the world,” the former CEO of Procter & Gamble India said. ...
UK exports record amount of food and drink image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 30th of May 2017 11:52:22 PM
....However, while the weaker pound benefited UK exporters, the FDF said it had also pushed up costs for British businesses that bring food into the UK from abroad. As a result, the UK's food and drink trade deficit - the difference between how much the UK imports and exports - actually widened 19% to £6. ...
If Germany can't count on old friends, perhaps it's time to make new ones image
.... . She wants to make clear she's as prepared as anyone else to stand up to Trump, who reiterated past criticisms on Tuesday with his tweet: "We have a MASSIVE trade deficit with Germany, plus they pay FAR LESS than they should on NATO & military. ...
Why help to buy is no help at all to the economy | Jeffrey Frankel image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 30th of May 2017 09:54:25 AM
....If President Donald Trump manages to get any economic legislation passed at all in the coming year, it is likely to be a tax cut. Congressional Republicans say they want revenue-neutral, efficiency-enhancing tax reform, which is properly defined as lowering marginal tax rates but simultaneously eliminating distortionary deductions, thereby keeping revenues and the budget deficit stable. ...
BT considering closing defined-benefit pensions scheme for existing staff image
....Businesses have increasingly argued such “gold-plated” schemes are unaffordable. BT’s £50bn pensions scheme was found to have aa deficit of about £7bn at the last formal review in 2014. ...
Far from ‘strong and stable’, May’s economic plan is weak and unstable image
.... That leads to slower growth, which explains why it will now take until the middle of the next decade under Conservative plans to run a budget surplus. Presumably, sticking to a deficit-reduction plan that isn’t working fits with May’s “strong and stable” mantra. ...
'I can't pay the rent' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Saturday 27th of May 2017 11:07:29 PM
...."I would really struggle to be able to stay in my home," she says. "This would create a monthly deficit of £160 in rent which, if I couldn't cover it, would result in me losing my home and being made homeless. ...
This election ignores the most pressing issue: our economic outlook is disastrous | Laura Gardiner image
.... The key themes are noticeable only by their absence. In 2010 and 2015, a leadership hopeful scarcely breathed without mentioning living standards or the deficit. ...
Don't want to work until you are 70? You will have to, says WEF image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 26th of May 2017 06:07:32 AM
....The retirement age in Britain and other leading developed countries will need to rise to 70 by the middle of the century to head off the biggest pension crisis in history, according to the World Economic Forum. The body that runs the annual gathering of the global elite in Davos said deficits in the world’s six largest pension systems would more than quadruple to $224tn by 2050 unless people worked longer and saved more. ...
Brexit economy: workers face squeeze but firms remain upbeat image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 25th of May 2017 11:12:55 AM
.... Pay growth has stalled, despite low unemployment and reports that companies are struggling to fill vacancies. The news that Britain’s trade deficit widened more than expected in March has dampened hopes that stronger exports can make up for softer domestic demand. ...
White House denies 'egregious' budget accounting error image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 24th of May 2017 05:46:23 PM
....The budget forecasts about $2tr in extra federal revenue growth over the next 10 years, which it uses to pay for Mr Trump's "biggest tax cut in history". But that very same $2tr is then used to reduce the budget deficit. ...
Will Opec extend output cuts in bid to push up oil prices? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 23rd of May 2017 11:07:36 PM
....But they could really do with a stronger price recovery. To take one example; last year Saudi Arabia had a deficit in the government's finances equivalent to 17% of national income. ...
If London subsidises the rest of the UK, where does that leave Scotland? | Nils Pratley image
.... London, the south-east and the east of England recorded net fiscal surpluses in 2016 – in order words, tax receipts exceeded public spending on a per-head basis. The rest of the UK was in deficit, says the Office for National Statistics in its first such regional breakdown. ...
Trump's $4.1tr budget takes hatchet to safety net image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 23rd of May 2017 03:31:49 PM
.... . This budget projects the US government will eliminate its deficit and be running a surplus by 2027 - for the first time since the 1990s. ...
London economy subsidises rest of UK, ONS figures show image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 23rd of May 2017 10:26:10 AM
....5bn surplus that is recycled by the government to provide financial help to Britain’s less well-off regions, according to an official breakdown of the public finances. The first attempt by the Office for National Statistics to break down the UK’s budget deficit by region has demonstrated the importance of the capital and highlighted how taxes and public spending are used to narrow the north-south divide. ...
Government borrowing at three-year April high image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 23rd of May 2017 09:24:08 AM
....Martin Beck, senior economic adviser to economic forecasting group EY ITEM Club, said: "The new fiscal year began on a disappointing note for the public finances. Supportive one-off factors last year and a weakening economy suggest the deficit is set to widen. ...
Portugal back to fiscal health, says EU image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 22nd of May 2017 11:27:55 AM
. Portugal has become the latest bailed-out eurozone country to receive a clean bill of health from the European Commission after its budget deficit fell to 2% of GDP last year. ...
Workers 'suffer £200 pay cut' to fund pension deficits image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 22nd of May 2017 07:16:46 AM
....It said those most affected are younger workers, many of whom will never benefit from the defined benefit pension schemes being protected. In 2016, UK firms spent roughly £24bn trying to plug their deficits, it said. ...
Growth slump as rising prices slowed consumer spending, figures to show image
....In the 2016-17 financial year to the end of March, borrowing fell by £20bn to £52bn after economic growth helped drive tax receipts higher, narrowing the gap between what the government spends and earns. It was the lowest deficit since 2007-08, and meant that chancellor Philip Hammond essentially met his £51. ...
May's manifesto is birth of third way Conservatism image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 18th of May 2017 01:15:48 PM
.... The underperformance of the economy meant a 2015 deadline became a 2020 deadline and is now a 2025 deadline. The glacial pace of deficit reduction means that the 2017 manifesto is far more cautious in its tax pledges than the one produced by David Cameron two years ago. ...
Tata Steel offers to pump £550m into closed pension fund image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 16th of May 2017 04:01:04 PM
....". The size of the deficit at the old British Steel pension scheme is estimated to be between £300m and £400m, but the cost of a full bailout could range between £1bn and £2bn if Tata Steel UK went bust. ...
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. ...
General election 2017: Workers' rights protections promised by Tories image
...."All evidence shows that if people feel happy at work then they are more productive," he said. Mrs May, visiting Oxfordshire, said: "By working with business, reducing taxes and dealing with the deficit, we have delivered steady improvements to the economic prospects of working people. ...
Is Labour's manifesto living in fantasy land? Quite the opposite | Larry Elliott image
.... Fantasy Island, as the title suggests, was not exactly flattering about Britain’s departing PM. It painted a picture of Britain as mired in debt, where the public sector was on the brink of meltdown, where the country was trying to play the part of world policeman on the cheap, and where the growing size of the trade deficit exposed the perils of allowing manufacturing to shrivel. ...
China's Xi lays out $900bn Silk Road vision amid claims of empire-building image
....”. Cai said a Chinese construction blitz was good news for Asia, which suffers from a chronic deficit of infrastructure, but argued it was too early to tell whether Xi’s lofty dreams would be fulfilled. ...
Battle ground image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 14th of May 2017 01:14:58 AM
....This year, for every £1 that it raises, the government will spend an extra 3p that it has borrowed. This gap between spending and revenues is called the deficit, and the amount borrowed each year adds to the national debt. ...
Theresa May will cause more poverty than Thatcher, Gordon Brown warns image
....Household budgets of less well-off families have received a double blow this year. Wages have failed to keep pace with prices, while cuts to tax credits have come into force after being announced by George Osborne in 2015 as part of a renewed attempt to reduce the size of Britain’s budget deficit. ...
The German economy is unbalanced – but Trump has the wrong answer image
.... Forget that Germany is relatively open to US exports, or that its policymakers are subject to the EU’s anti-subsidy regulations. Ignore the fact that bilateral balances are irrelevant for welfare when countries run surpluses with some trade partners and deficits with others. ...
UK industrial output falls in March image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 11th of May 2017 09:23:23 AM
....7% fall in February. Meanwhile, the UK's deficit in goods and services widened to £4. ...
How do we know we can trust the latest polls? | Brief letters image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 9th of May 2017 06:03:33 PM
....Barbara FreemanLeicester. • Richard Carden (Letters, 8 May) perhaps misses the point when he attributes English councils’ democratic deficit to first past the post. ...
Federal budget 2017: the 10 graphs you need to see | Greg Jericho image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 9th of May 2017 10:39:56 AM
.... The budget still includes cuts to company taxes, which will in time offset the bank levy. It still includes the end of the 2% deficit levy for those earning over $180,000. ...

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