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....The rights of EU citizens to live, work and study in the UK is one of three topics they want dealt with in the first phase of Brexit talks. Negotiations will start after the UK election on 8 June. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
Saturday 29th of April 2017 07:59:40 PM
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....Democrats condemned the proposals. Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, who is facing re-election in 2018 in a state that Trump won, said in a statement: “This scheme is a massive tax giveaway to millionaires, billionaires and big corporations at the expense of middle-class families in Pennsylvania. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Wednesday 26th of April 2017 06:35:17 PM
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....”. M&S already sells a limited selection of party food and alcohol on its website but this would be the first time its wider grocery offer would be made available online. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Thursday 27th of April 2017 06:10:06 PM
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. How many more European elections before Brits and Americans stop projecting Brexit and Trump on to Europe? Ever since British voters stunned the country, the world and – probably – themselves by voting to leave the EU, the British press has all but reduced politics in Europe to the “who’s next?” question. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Tuesday 25th of April 2017 07:00:41 AM
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.... . Similarly during the 2012 US presidential election, undecided and neutral states began to be identified as purple by the media - a blend of the Democratic blue and Republican red colours. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
Tuesday 25th of April 2017 11:08:21 PM
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....Unlike the Lib Dems, it has ruled out offering a second referendum on the terms of any Brexit deal, but suggested Parliament could stop a so-called "hard Brexit". In Labour's first major policy statement of the election campaign, the party is signalling it would take a different approach to the two-year process of negotiating the EU's exit - expected to start in earnest in June. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
Tuesday 25th of April 2017 06:32:28 AM
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....". Mr Green said his party's promise on energy was not the same as Labour's 2015 election pledge to freeze gas and electricity bills for every home and business in the UK for 20 months. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
Sunday 23rd of April 2017 11:10:39 AM
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....Brexit has set a hungry cat among the financial pigeons of the City of London. No one yet knows what kind of access to the European Union’s single financial market UK-based firms will have, and Theresa May’s call for a general election to be held on 8 June has further clouded the picture, at least in the short term. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Wednesday 26th of April 2017 07:08:45 AM
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. A European stock market rally sparked by the French presidential election spread to Wall Street on Monday. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
Sunday 23rd of April 2017 09:16:09 PM
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....7% in the first quarter - the slowest rate since the first quarter of 2014. It will be unwelcome news for President Donald Trump who, during his election campaign, made a pledge to raise growth to 4%. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
Friday 28th of April 2017 12:40:39 PM
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.... That’s £20bn over the past decade, paid for out of galloping increases in car insurance premiums. The forthcoming election means that reforms to whiplash payouts, promised in the prison and courts bill, have been shelved. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Saturday 29th of April 2017 06:00:22 AM
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....“Unfortunately, the US Chamber of Commerce is doing everything it can to block efforts to combat both climate change and anti-smoking laws and regulations. It opposes the Paris Agreement that you publicly support, is suing to block the implementation of the Clean Power Plan, consistently lobbies against legislation aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and spends millions of dollars in money on elections ads urging voters to back candidates who support the fossil fuel industry and oppose efforts to combat climate change,” they write. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Monday 24th of April 2017 11:00:17 AM
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....Rightmove said strong numbers of house sales being agreed – at levels not seen since before the credit crunch – have helped to keep pushing asking prices upwards. Miles Shipside, director of Rightmove, said there were signs of a “strong spring market”, which should help to offset any jitters in the market before the general election on 8 June. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Monday 24th of April 2017 06:00:04 AM
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.... The Warrington site will be one of two, along with Tilbury, due to open this autumn, which will be equipped with advanced Amazon robotics technology. “The Amazon teams are dedicated to innovating in our fulfilment centres to increase efficiency of delivery while enabling greater selection at lower costs for our customers,” said Stefano Perego, director of UK customer fulfilment at Amazon UK. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Thursday 27th of April 2017 10:34:55 AM
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....3bn this year, nearly 3% of GDP, as self-assessment tax receipts fall back. "The chance that the Autumn Budget contains net tax rises - like all of the last six post-election Budgets have done - is very high," Mr Tombs said. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
Tuesday 25th of April 2017 09:21:26 AM
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....com said that previous interventions in the energy sector had led to lower switching rates and higher prices. If the Conservatives win the election, how might energy regulator Ofgem go about introducing a cap?. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
Monday 24th of April 2017 07:29:03 AM
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....”. What lies behind the astronomical increase in value of the Fangs? To a certain extent, they’ve been buoyed by the same tide that raised US shares to record highs this year, the election of Donald Trump. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Saturday 29th of April 2017 08:00:25 AM
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.... The Office for National Statistics is due to publish its initial estimate for first quarter GDP on Friday. Brexit and the health of the economy will form a central part of the general election campaign waged in the run-up to the snap poll on 8 June. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Monday 24th of April 2017 06:00:04 AM
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....The boss of British Gas owner Centrica has said some people at the heart of the Conservative government "don't believe in free markets". Iain Conn, Centrica's chief executive, was defending the energy industry after the Tories indicated they planned to include a cap on some household energy bills in their election manifesto. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
Tuesday 25th of April 2017 07:07:41 AM
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. The pound’s sharp fall since the Brexit vote and a mood of uncertainty among employers has hit household budgets, creating a tough economic backdrop for Theresa May’s snap election, a Guardian analysis shows. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Tuesday 25th of April 2017 10:38:58 AM
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.... But the claim that the referendum produced an irreversible verdict is phony. Just as a general election gives voters the right to revisit the choice of government that they made at the previous election, it also gives them the right to revisit a referendum result as long as the parties make clear that choosing or aborting Brexit is a key difference on offer. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Thursday 27th of April 2017 06:50:15 PM
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....In one of the strongest warnings yet about the impact of the cap on standard variable tariffs pledged by the Conservatives, Energy UK protested against “ill-considered” political intervention. “Further price regulation at this moment would create huge uncertainty around future government intentions, potentially putting at risk the billions in investment and jobs needed to renew our energy system,” the group said in its statement for the election published on Friday. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Friday 28th of April 2017 06:01:33 AM
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. Stock markets surged and the euro jumped sharply after centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron won the first round of the weekend’s French presidential election, easing fears of a victory by the far-right Front National. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Monday 24th of April 2017 09:34:27 AM
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.... But he said the issue for investors was: “When do things get less worse?”. Twitter, which was touted for sale last year but failed to find a buyer, has been pushed into the spotlight as President Trump has used the service to get his message across directly to the electorate bypassing what he regards as the “dishonest” media, both before and after the presidential election. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Wednesday 26th of April 2017 01:48:14 PM
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....London share prices rose slightly on Tuesday with the FTSE 100 index closing 11 points higher at 7,276. The market paused after Monday's 2% rise in the wake of the French presidential election vote. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
Tuesday 25th of April 2017 07:57:49 AM
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....Media reports on Wednesday had suggested Mr Trump was drafting an executive order to end the pact. During his election campaign Mr Trump called Nafta the "single worst trade deal ever" and a "killer" of US jobs. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
Thursday 27th of April 2017 05:40:25 AM
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....“The UK pension is pretty low,” he said. The state pension has become a key focus in the early stages of the general election campaign, with a refusal from Theresa May on Wednesday to rule out that a re-elected Conservative government would scrap the so-called “triple lock”. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Thursday 27th of April 2017 07:15:15 AM
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....UK politicians also command hefty fees for speeches. The former chancellor George Osborne – who is not standing for re-election in June – disclosed that he had received more than £500,000 from speeches in the US, including two events for JP Morgan at £81,174 and £60,578 each, last year. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Wednesday 26th of April 2017 09:28:37 AM
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.... Liberal democracy is firmly on the back foot. There has been an increase in the number of people who like the idea of a strong leader who does not have to bother with parliament and elections. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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May vows to protect pensions from 'unscrupulous bosses' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 30th of April 2017 03:59:09 AM
. Theresa May has announced plans to protect pensions from "unscrupulous" bosses if she wins the election. ...
EU outlines Brexit negotiating stance image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Saturday 29th of April 2017 07:59:40 PM
....The rights of EU citizens to live, work and study in the UK is one of three topics they want dealt with in the first phase of Brexit talks. Negotiations will start after the UK election on 8 June. ...
Pensioners will carry on hoarding cash if state won’t step in image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 29th of April 2017 04:00:03 PM
....It is against this backdrop, one where baby boomers, whatever their background and income level, are hoarding their money and assets as best they can, that the debate over the triple lock plays out. The chancellor, Philip Hammond, first hinted at the need to ditch many of the tax and benefit promises made by the Tories before the 2015 election in the autumn statement last year. ...
Good and bad news from an economy in uncharted territory image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 29th of April 2017 03:00:02 PM
.... But with the Brexit vote predicted to put more pressure on households as the year goes on, the prime minister may well believe this is as good as it gets for economic news. With less than six weeks to go to the election, a look at the economic backdrop reveals there is both good news and bad for the government. ...
Fangs: the lightning rise of Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 29th of April 2017 08:00:25 AM
Whiplash: the myth that funds a £20bn gravy train image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 29th of April 2017 06:00:22 AM
.... That’s £20bn over the past decade, paid for out of galloping increases in car insurance premiums. The forthcoming election means that reforms to whiplash payouts, promised in the prison and courts bill, have been shelved. ...
Are there any hay fever treatments that really work? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 29th of April 2017 06:00:22 AM
. Every week a Guardian Money reader submits a question, and it’s up to you to help him or her out – a selection of the best answers will appear in next Saturday’s paper. ...
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UK GDP growth slower than expected as inflation bites image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 28th of April 2017 02:33:56 PM
....7% in the previous quarter, the Office for National Statistics said. The official figures add to signs that the UK economy’s resilience in the wake of the Brexit vote is now waning and will come as a blow to Theresa May’s government as it banks on a solid victory in the snap election on 8 June. ...
US growth rate hits three-year low image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 28th of April 2017 12:40:39 PM
....7% in the first quarter - the slowest rate since the first quarter of 2014. It will be unwelcome news for President Donald Trump who, during his election campaign, made a pledge to raise growth to 4%. ...
Donald Trump 100 days: Is the president making it CHEAPER to buy US property? image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Friday 28th of April 2017 12:09:00 PM
....The result of all this? An unexpected tumble in the US dollar. But with the US dollar weakening and the pound strengthening on speculation surrounding the upcoming UK election, it’s actually become a pretty good time to purchase property in the US. ...
Sir Martin Sorrell's pay package plunges from £70m to £48m image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 28th of April 2017 10:22:43 AM
....”. Sorrell shows no signs of slowing down, having celebrated the birth of another child on the day of the US presidential election last year. ...
Barclays chief admits he 'made a mistake' over whistleblowing case image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 28th of April 2017 08:27:59 AM
....Jes Staley, the chief executive of Barclays, has admitted he made a mistake in his repeated attempts to unmask a whistleblower but said he did not offer his resignation over the scandal. The American is under mounting pressure after a shareholder advisory service, ISS, advised investors to abstain from backing his re-election to the board at next month’s annual general meeting because of the ongoing investigation by the City regulators into breaches of whistleblowing rules. ...
UK house prices fall again in April as buyers feel the pinch image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 28th of April 2017 07:15:39 AM
....“While monthly figures can be volatile, the recent softening in price growth may be a further indication that households are starting to react to the emerging squeeze on real incomes or to affordability pressures in key parts of the country,” Gardner said. He said the outlook for the property market over the coming months was particularly difficult to predict because of the upcoming general election and uncertainty surrounding the outcome of Brexit negotiations. ...
Energy bill caps put billions in investment at risk, say suppliers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 28th of April 2017 06:01:33 AM
....In one of the strongest warnings yet about the impact of the cap on standard variable tariffs pledged by the Conservatives, Energy UK protested against “ill-considered” political intervention. “Further price regulation at this moment would create huge uncertainty around future government intentions, potentially putting at risk the billions in investment and jobs needed to renew our energy system,” the group said in its statement for the election published on Friday. ...
British consumers' confidence slumps as inflation grows image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 28th of April 2017 06:01:03 AM
....5 points to 108 in April, the weakest reading since last July. The score above 100 still shows that more people are confident than not, bringing some solace for Theresa May’s government as it banks on a solid victory in the snap election on 8 June. ...
Be bold Labour: promise to abandon this ruinous Brexit | Jonathan Steele image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 27th of April 2017 06:50:15 PM
.... But the claim that the referendum produced an irreversible verdict is phony. Just as a general election gives voters the right to revisit the choice of government that they made at the previous election, it also gives them the right to revisit a referendum result as long as the parties make clear that choosing or aborting Brexit is a key difference on offer. ...
Barclays boss faces shareholder revolt over whistleblowing case image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 27th of April 2017 06:37:05 PM
....Shareholders are being advised to abstain from the annual vote to re-elect the American banker Jes Staley to the board by ISS, an influential adviser to major investors, in a sign that the bank could face a significant protest vote against its chief executive at the 10 May AGM. Barclays would not comment on the advice issued by ISS, but took steps to avoid a rebellion over the election of Sir Ian Cheshire as a non-executive director by promising investors that he would reduce the number of board roles he holds at other companies – dubbed “overboarding” by investors. ...
M&S to trial online food delivery service this autumn image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 27th of April 2017 06:10:06 PM
....”. M&S already sells a limited selection of party food and alcohol on its website but this would be the first time its wider grocery offer would be made available online. ...
Exchange rate fluctuation is MORE of a threat to expat’s pensions than losing triple lock image
....Many expats are already fearing that this could be dropped after the UK divorce from the EU is finalised, which could cost retirees as much as £50,000 over the course of two decades. Now, it seems, the triple lock might not even survive until the Brexit deal is finalised, as it has been reported that Theresa May is seriously considering dropping it from the Conservative Party’s 2017 election manifesto. ...
Pensions triple lock: what you need to know image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 27th of April 2017 01:39:07 PM
. Theresa May is considering replacing the “triple lock”, which guarantees a minimum increase in the state pension each year, with a less generous “double lock” commitment in the Conservative party’s general election manifesto, and spending some of the money saved on social care. ...
Amazon creates 1,200 jobs at warehouse equipped with advanced robotics image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 27th of April 2017 10:34:55 AM
.... The Warrington site will be one of two, along with Tilbury, due to open this autumn, which will be equipped with advanced Amazon robotics technology. “The Amazon teams are dedicated to innovating in our fulfilment centres to increase efficiency of delivery while enabling greater selection at lower costs for our customers,” said Stefano Perego, director of UK customer fulfilment at Amazon UK. ...
UK should axe state pension for rich people, says OECD image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 27th of April 2017 07:15:15 AM
....“The UK pension is pretty low,” he said. The state pension has become a key focus in the early stages of the general election campaign, with a refusal from Theresa May on Wednesday to rule out that a re-elected Conservative government would scrap the so-called “triple lock”. ...
Trump won't scrap Nafta trade deal 'at this time' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 27th of April 2017 05:40:25 AM
....Media reports on Wednesday had suggested Mr Trump was drafting an executive order to end the pact. During his election campaign Mr Trump called Nafta the "single worst trade deal ever" and a "killer" of US jobs. ...
CBI warns against Brexit divorce bill row putting EU-UK trade ties at risk image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 26th of April 2017 11:14:03 PM
....A commission spokesman said Juncker had a “constructive meeting” with May, where they discussed the article 50 process, as well as “the broader geopolitical agenda and issues of strategic interest to both”. The visit was arranged before the prime minister called a snap general election last week. ...
Wall Street edges down after Trump tax plan image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 26th of April 2017 08:19:48 PM
.... . The promise of a massive tax cut has been at the core of the post-election rally, which has driven Wall Street's indexes to record highs. ...
Trump under fire over 'huge tax cut for the rich' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 26th of April 2017 06:35:17 PM
....Democrats condemned the proposals. Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, who is facing re-election in 2018 in a state that Trump won, said in a statement: “This scheme is a massive tax giveaway to millionaires, billionaires and big corporations at the expense of middle-class families in Pennsylvania. ...
Trump 'considering draft order to scrap Nafta' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 26th of April 2017 06:10:08 PM
....It is unclear whether President Donald Trump will follow through and strike down the deal, which eliminated tariffs between the US, Mexico and Canada. In the election he vowed to withdraw from the 23-year-old pact, calling it a US job killer. ...
Reform property laws to reduce inequality | Letters image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 26th of April 2017 05:59:37 PM
.... Between 1909 and 1914 the landed gentry, in the form of the House of Lords, effectively sabotaged an attempt to introduce LVT by the then Liberal government’s chancellor, David Lloyd George. In the most polarised election for decades, his words should inspire the Liberal Democrats and Labour now: “a fully-equipped duke costs as much to keep up as two dreadnoughts, but is much less easy to scrap”. ...
Voodoo Reaganomics won't save Trump on the Hill | Larry Elliot image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 26th of April 2017 03:33:00 PM
.... Consequently, the tax take will be no different at 15% than it was at 35%. George HW Bush had a description for this approach when Reagan first floated it during the 1980 election campaign. ...
Car insurance model will not help energy market, says charity image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 26th of April 2017 02:52:40 PM
....An energy company’s proposal to scrap default electricity and gas deals in favour of car insurance-style annual renewals could amount to a rebranding exercise and not help billpayers, a consumer group has said. Scottish Power, one of the big six energy suppliers, said the Conservative election pledge to cap standard variable tariffs may harm competition. ...
Twitter revenues decline for first time as advertising falls away image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 26th of April 2017 01:48:14 PM
.... But he said the issue for investors was: “When do things get less worse?”. Twitter, which was touted for sale last year but failed to find a buyer, has been pushed into the spotlight as President Trump has used the service to get his message across directly to the electorate bypassing what he regards as the “dishonest” media, both before and after the presidential election. ...
Should you buy euros before the next round of the French election? image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 26th of April 2017 01:07:00 PM
. Earlier in April the GBP/EUR exchange rate surged after Prime Minister Theresa May unexpectedly announced the intention to hold a snap general election in June. ...
Barack Obama to be paid $400,000 for speech at Cantor Fitzgerald event image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 26th of April 2017 09:28:37 AM
....UK politicians also command hefty fees for speeches. The former chancellor George Osborne – who is not standing for re-election in June – disclosed that he had received more than £500,000 from speeches in the US, including two events for JP Morgan at £81,174 and £60,578 each, last year. ...
Will London survive as a financial centre after Brexit? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 26th of April 2017 07:08:45 AM
....Brexit has set a hungry cat among the financial pigeons of the City of London. No one yet knows what kind of access to the European Union’s single financial market UK-based firms will have, and Theresa May’s call for a general election to be held on 8 June has further clouded the picture, at least in the short term. ...
Millions could reclaim CASH on energy bills after an unexpected mild winter image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 26th of April 2017 12:01:00 AM
....Osborne said they should shop around rather than rolling over to their supplier’s expensive standard variable tariff. Prime Minister Theresa May is said to be considering a cap on energy bills as part of the Conservative election manifesto. ...
Colour me image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 25th of April 2017 11:08:21 PM
.... . Similarly during the 2012 US presidential election, undecided and neutral states began to be identified as purple by the media - a blend of the Democratic blue and Republican red colours. ...
Stock markets surge to new highs ahead of Trump's tax reform plan image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 25th of April 2017 05:35:25 PM
. World markets have hit new peaks, pushed higher by continuing optimism about the outcome of the French presidential election, a series of positive US company results and growing anticipation over Donald Trump’s promised tax reforms. ...
Andrew Tyrie to stand down as Conservative MP after 20 years image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 25th of April 2017 05:33:38 PM
....”. Tyrie took over as chair of the Treasury committee after the 2010 election after not getting a ministerial job in Cameron’s coalition government. ...
Tax raid postponed as ministers rush through finance bill image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 25th of April 2017 04:42:20 PM
. A planned tax raid affecting more than two million people is one of several measures that have been dropped by the government as the general election draws near, it emerged today. ...
UK government borrowing at lowest level since 2008 financial crisis image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 25th of April 2017 10:39:40 AM
....Howard Archer, the chief UK economist at IHS Markit, said the lower deficit would be welcome news for Hammond. “This is helpful for the chancellor’s and government’s credibility, which is all the more welcome given the looming snap general election,” he said. ...
What does the business world make of Trump 100 days in? The jury is still out image
.... Repealing Obama rules is one thing Trump has done effectively, but drafting and passing his own – not so much. Talk of tax cuts last week did little for stock prices which rallied after his election (the Trump Bump), but peaked in March and have drifted down ever since. ...
Government deficit at lowest since financial crisis, says ONS image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 25th of April 2017 09:21:26 AM
....3bn this year, nearly 3% of GDP, as self-assessment tax receipts fall back. "The chance that the Autumn Budget contains net tax rises - like all of the last six post-election Budgets have done - is very high," Mr Tombs said. ...
London share prices edge higher image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 25th of April 2017 07:57:49 AM
....London share prices rose slightly on Tuesday with the FTSE 100 index closing 11 points higher at 7,276. The market paused after Monday's 2% rise in the wake of the French presidential election vote. ...
Government lacks faith in free market, says energy boss image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 25th of April 2017 07:07:41 AM
....The boss of British Gas owner Centrica has said some people at the heart of the Conservative government "don't believe in free markets". Iain Conn, Centrica's chief executive, was defending the energy industry after the Tories indicated they planned to include a cap on some household energy bills in their election manifesto. ...
The doom-mongers got it wrong: the centre is holding in Europe | Joris Luyendijk image
. How many more European elections before Brits and Americans stop projecting Brexit and Trump on to Europe? Ever since British voters stunned the country, the world and – probably – themselves by voting to leave the EU, the British press has all but reduced politics in Europe to the “who’s next?” question. ...
General Election 2017: Labour's 'day one' pledge to EU nationals image
....Unlike the Lib Dems, it has ruled out offering a second referendum on the terms of any Brexit deal, but suggested Parliament could stop a so-called "hard Brexit". In Labour's first major policy statement of the election campaign, the party is signalling it would take a different approach to the two-year process of negotiating the EU's exit - expected to start in earnest in June. ...
Tories pinched Labour's energy price cap – but now we need detail | Nils Pratley image
. The Conservative party’s proposed price cap on energy bills is “very different” from the price freeze advocated by Ed Miliband at the last general election, according to Sir Michael Fallon, the defence secretary and former energy minister. ...
Minister makes U-turn over £300m business rates relief fund image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 24th of April 2017 06:16:40 PM
....The government appears to have performed a weekend U-turn on business rates and says a £300m relief fund to help small businesses worst hit by the shakeup is now available for councils to share out. On Friday the Guardian was told by the Department for Communities and Local Government that although the consultation on how to distribute the money was complete it would require the approval of the new government – signalling a hiatus of several months until after the 8 June general election. ...
Reacting to technological threats isn't enough – we need to plan for them | Michael Boskin image
. What do the leaks of unflattering email from the Democratic National Committee’s hacked servers during the 2016 US presidential election campaign and the deafening hour-long emergency warning siren in Dallas, Texas, have in common? It’s the same thing that links the North Korean nuclear threat and terrorist attacks in Europe and the US: all represent the down sides of tremendously beneficial technologies – risks that increasingly demand a robust policy response. ...
Energy price cap image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 24th of April 2017 11:52:31 AM
Pensioners’ election REBELLION: Demands for May to look at pension issue for UK's 5MILLION image
. And campaign groups are getting set to tackle the Conservative party and Labour Party on the doorsteps as campaigning for the June 8 election gets ready to step up a gear. ...
Disney, the Gap and Pepsi urged to quit US Chamber of Commerce image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 24th of April 2017 11:00:17 AM
....“Unfortunately, the US Chamber of Commerce is doing everything it can to block efforts to combat both climate change and anti-smoking laws and regulations. It opposes the Paris Agreement that you publicly support, is suing to block the implementation of the Clean Power Plan, consistently lobbies against legislation aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and spends millions of dollars in money on elections ads urging voters to back candidates who support the fossil fuel industry and oppose efforts to combat climate change,” they write. ...
Stock markets surge after French election result image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 24th of April 2017 09:34:27 AM
. Stock markets surged and the euro jumped sharply after centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron won the first round of the weekend’s French presidential election, easing fears of a victory by the far-right Front National. ...
FTSE 100 up 2% as European stocks rally after French vote image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 24th of April 2017 07:55:14 AM
....UK shares joined in a European rally in equities following the first round of France's presidential vote that also sparked a jump in the euro. The FTSE 100 index clawed back some of the losses triggered by last week's announcement of a general election, closing up 2% at 7,264. ...
General Election 2017: Energy bill cap 'will hit consumers' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 24th of April 2017 07:29:03 AM
....com said that previous interventions in the energy sector had led to lower switching rates and higher prices. If the Conservatives win the election, how might energy regulator Ofgem go about introducing a cap?. ...
Asking prices for homes rise to record average of £313,655 image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 24th of April 2017 06:00:04 AM
....Rightmove said strong numbers of house sales being agreed – at levels not seen since before the credit crunch – have helped to keep pushing asking prices upwards. Miles Shipside, director of Rightmove, said there were signs of a “strong spring market”, which should help to offset any jitters in the market before the general election on 8 June. ...
Inflation puts the brakes on Britain's economic activity image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 24th of April 2017 06:00:04 AM
.... The Office for National Statistics is due to publish its initial estimate for first quarter GDP on Friday. Brexit and the health of the economy will form a central part of the general election campaign waged in the run-up to the snap poll on 8 June. ...
Bill sets out plan to tackle 'extortionate' UK overdraft fees image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 23rd of April 2017 04:51:46 PM
....The household debt to income ratio has grown by 6% in the past year and is now at 145%, which she said “poses a serious risk to our economy”. With the election looming, the bill will not make it into law in this parliament, but if she is re-elected, Reeves wants to reintroduce it either as a private members’ bill or through amending a Treasury or Department for Business, Energy & Industry strategy bill in parliament. ...
Sir Philip Green could still lose knighthood, says MP image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 23rd of April 2017 03:54:50 PM
....“Sir Philip Green remains on the hook,” he said. “When parliament comes back from the election we need to pursue the charge sheet from the Pensions Regulator against him and what the Pensions Regulator got in return,” said Field. ...
Ding ding! All aboard the ex-Lib Dem minister's solar-powered bus image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 23rd of April 2017 03:53:02 PM
. Vince Cable and Ed Davey, the former business and energy secretaries respectively, are among the Liberal Democrats that lost their seats in 2015 who are plotting their way back to parliament in this general election. ...
Whatever the IMF thinks, we are a long way from the boom time of 2007 | Larry Elliott image
.... Liberal democracy is firmly on the back foot. There has been an increase in the number of people who like the idea of a strong leader who does not have to bother with parliament and elections. ...
What does the snap election mean for your finances? image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 23rd of April 2017 01:10:00 PM
.... . Kathleen Brooks, research director at City Index Direct, says holidaymakers should look forward to further strengthening: “The pound looks good as we head towards the election and could have further to go on the upside. ...
Tories accused of stealing Labour's energy price cap promise image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 23rd of April 2017 11:26:37 AM
....Theresa May should give Labour a round of applause for highlighting the scandal of rip-off gas and electricity bills, the former shadow energy secretary Caroline Flint has said after senior Conservatives confirmed their manifesto will include an energy price cap. Capping utility bills was a key policy in Labour’s 2015 general election manifesto, but was rubbished by David Cameron as evidence that Ed Miliband wanted to live in a “Marxist universe”. ...
Packing a punch image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 23rd of April 2017 06:58:24 AM
.... . At the Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado last summer, when asked whom he planned to vote for in the presidential election, he dismissed Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in favour of someone closer to home. ...
A hasty election before Britain sees the hard truth of Brexit image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 23rd of April 2017 05:59:05 AM
....Sadly, he wasn’t. Theresa May’s repeated denials of an intention to call a snap election had gone the way of so many of her inconsistent and often fatuous pronouncements. ...
HS2 is on its way but bid troubles and snap election could still derail project image
....Royal assent in February gave HS2 Ltd the full legal, financial and planning powers to build the first half of a railway that the government claims will transform travel between London, the Midlands and, eventually, the north of England, create 25,000 jobs and help rebalance the UK’s precarious economy. Yet controversy over contract awards, and now the calling of a snap election, has threatened more uncertainty and delay. ...
Snap election delays £300m relief package for small businesses image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 22nd of April 2017 09:48:24 AM
. Thousands of small businesses hit hardest by the recent changes to business rates in the UK have been dealt a fresh blow after a £300m relief package promised in the budget was waylaid by the general election. ...
UK bank launches cheapest ever mortgage rate at 0.89% but there's a MAJOR catch image
....Aside from the hefty lump sum to secure it, there is a chance the SVR could rise which could leave borrowers at risk from higher repayments. David Hollingworth, Associate Director Communications, at L&C Mortgages, said: “It’s so hard to tell what will happen with interest rates as there are other things in the mix with an election and Brexit on the horizon. ...
UK retail surge since Brexit vote comes to an end image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 21st of April 2017 01:11:30 PM
....A dry spell for the housing market – which has had almost a year of lacklustre sales, according to surveyors’ body Rics – was blamed for a steep fall in sales of household goods and furniture. The slump comes as the political parties fire their opening salvoes in the general election campaign. ...
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Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 21st of April 2017 01:05:27 PM
....Politics. The unexpected election of a Labour government would likely have little impact – the party supports new nuclear power stations – but the French presidential election could. ...
Philip Hammond signals ditching of Tory 'no tax rise' pledge image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 21st of April 2017 12:58:04 PM
....But they could help the Conservatives attract centre-ground voters. Insiders told the Guardian that senior Tories believe they could lose 10 to 15 seats to the Liberal Democrats in the snap June general election. ...
Inquiry into Murdoch's Sky deal delayed until after general election image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 21st of April 2017 11:30:59 AM
....An investigation by the UK media regulator into Rupert Murdoch’s £11. 7bn takeover of Sky has been delayed until after the general election. ...
Government extends Sky takeover inquiry image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 21st of April 2017 11:29:35 AM
....The government has given regulators more time to investigate the proposed takeover of broadcaster Sky by 21st Century Fox. The Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport, Karen Bradley, said she had extended the deadline because of the forthcoming general election. ...

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