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article 16 April 2014 Business
The government says Britain's recovery is on track as official figures show average pay rises outstripping inflation for the first time in four years and unemployment continuing to fall (Reuters)
Pay increases finally exceed rise in cost of living

The government says Britain's recovery is on track as official figures show average pay rises outstripping inflation for the first time in four years and unemployment continuing to fall.

article 25 March 2014 UK
Inflation has fallen to its lowest level in more than four years - good for households who have seen their pay eroded by rising prices, but the better news is the squeeze on earnings may be over (G)
Will falling UK inflation mean a boost to our pay?

Inflation has fallen to its lowest level in more than four years - good for households who have seen their pay eroded by rising prices, but the better news is the squeeze on earnings may be over.

article 19 March 2014 UK
George Osborne holds aloft the red box ahead of his fifth budget. (Getty)
Recovery: can you feel it? Budget 2014 live coverage

Chancellor George Osborne is heralding Britain's economic recovery. But can you feel it? Latest analysis and video in our budget 2014 live blog.

post 19 March 2014
Read more on Gary Gibbon's blog Budget 2014 - it's all politics

"It is completely political," someone with knowledge of the budget told me. The "surprise" being mooted could be a crowd-pleasing Tory pledge on personal taxation.

post 18 March 2014
Read more on Gary Gibbon's blog Magic numbers - free expansion of childcare

This expansion of the welfare state spends more on the better off than the poorest. There are relatively few parents who spend at or close to 10,000 a year on childcare.

article 16 March 2014 UK
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George Osborne unveils 15,000-home garden city

A new garden city is to be built in Ebsfleet in the Thames estuary, and the government's help to buy scheme is to be extended until the end of the decade, Chancellor George Osborne announces.

article 18 February 2014 UK
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UK's top Catholic defends criticism of welfare reforms

Do criticisms of the government's welfare reforms by Archbishop Vincent Nichols, the country's highest-ranking Catholic, represent a shift in the church's position?

article 09 February 2014 UK
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More storms, more floods and politicians blaming each other

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles says the government "made a mistake" and should have dredged the flood-hit Somerset Levels.

article 12 January 2014 UK
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Clegg: 'Chinese style' welfare reforms penalise young people

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg launches an assault on "Chinese-style" welfare reforms being floated by the Tories.