post 18 March 2016
Read more on FactCheck FactCheck: the surprising truth about inequality

"The independent statistics confirm that, under this Prime Minister, child poverty is down, pensioner poverty is down, inequality is down, and the gender pay gap has never been smaller." George Osbo

post 15 March 2016
Read more on Gary Gibbon's blog Academies for all - whether you want them or not

The abolition of non-academy schools marks the end of the system of devolved, local accountability for schools that goes back nearly 150 years. But why is it in the Budget?

post 26 November 2015
Read more on Gary Gibbon's blog Has Osborne's Autumn Statement moved him to left of Vince Cable?

Mr Osborne's newly announced plans to scale back cuts and raise taxes brings him in line with policy positions promoted by his Lib Dem coalition partners during the last parliament.

article 25 November 2015 UK
George Osborne scraps controversial tax credit reforms

In a surprise move, the Chancellor tells MPs that his much-criticised plans to cut tax credits to working families are to be abandoned entirely.

article 10 July 2015 UK
Darshna Soni by 'Birmingham's benefits queen': I fear eviction after budget

Will the poorer get poorer after the benefit changes announced by George Osborne? Darshna Soni meets a single mum with eight children, who is worried she could be evicted because of the welfare cap.

post 09 July 2015
Read more on Gary Gibbon's blog Minimum wage upgrade does not offset benefit cuts

The Institute for Fiscal Studies finds it is undoubtedly the case that tax credit recipients in work will on average be worse off as a result of the budget changes

post 08 July 2015
Read more on Gary Gibbon's blog Summer Budget 2015: topsy turvy politics

The chancellor stole some of Labour's policy clothes in his latest budget announcements, but his tendency to favour old over young has not been altered.

article 08 July 2015 UK
Budget 2015: the key points in Tory plan for the economy

George Osborne has pledged to create a "higher wage, lower tax, lower welfare" Britain as he unveiled the first Tory-only Budget for nearly 20 years.

article 07 July 2015 UK
George Osborne (Reuters)
George Osborne family business' 6m offshore deal

Chancellor George Osborne's family business made 6m in a property deal with a developer based in a tax haven, Paul McNamara and Guy Basnett investigate.