Tag Archives: Ed Balls

Five signs the cost of living crisis is far from over

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Don’t believe the coalition hype. The so-called ‘cost of living crisis’ is far from over, writes James Bloodworth.

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Budget 2014: Seven things you should expect today

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What to expect when George Osborne is at the dispatch box today.

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Ed Balls is right: the Marriage Tax Allowance is perverse and unfair

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Just 28 per cent of couples in a marriage or civil partnership will benefit from the policy.

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Budget 2014: To help low earners, look to self-employment tax cuts

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In setting out the Budget and their manifestos, political parties should take account of the recent rise in self-employment.

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Tackling inequality is not palatable to parts of the UK’s business community

Away from the rarefied atmosphere of Davos, the reality of tackling inequality is not at all palatable to elements of the UK’s business community.

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How ‘insignificant’ really is 50p tax revenue?

So did the 50p rate of tax – introduced by Alistair Darling in 2009 – really raise a “statistically insignificant” sum, as the Independent’s editorial put it?

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50p tax rate: play the world’s smallest violin for the rich

I won’t be playing the world’s smallest violin for those affected by the proposed 50p tax rate, and neither should you.

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Ed Balls has made a shrewd move, but Labour must go further

Ed Balls’ latest Guardian article is an interesting one.

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Labour should now look at the ‘triple lock’ state pension guarantee

Older people should of course expect a decent standard of living in retirement. But should they really expect a standard of living which outpaces that of the average worker, especially when the cost of proving it is likely to mean further cuts elsewhere in the welfare budget down the line?

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An Ed Balls up on benefits for rich pensioners

I am used to David Cameron shooting from the hip with knee jerk, ill thought out policies to respond to public opinion but I thought that Ed Balls would be cleverer than that.

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