Special Reports

Economy: from crash to cuts

The global financial crisis from the banking collapse to the credit crunch and a new era of cuts and austerity.

article 12 December 2011 UK, European Union
Clegg absent as Cameron defends EU veto decision
Clegg absent as Cameron defends EU veto decision

As David Cameron makes efforts to smooth the growing Europe rift inside the coalition, Political Editor Gary Gibbon says Nick Clegg's absence in the Commons was the key talking point earlier.

article 16 February 2011 UK
Food poverty on the rise as recession hits home
Food poverty on the rise as recession hits home (Getty)
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In 21st century Britain, you would not expect people across the country to need food handouts to survive - particularly those with jobs. But that's exactly what Political Editor Gary Gibbon finds.

article 07 March 2011 UK
Could selling off Britain's assets cut the debt?
Could flogging off the family silver cut the debt? (Dispatches)

The Government owns 337bn of assets, from Buckingham Palace to Stonehenge. But what exactly does it own, and should it sell items to pay off the national debt? Channel 4's Dispatches investigates.


article 25 July 2014 UK
After the crisis: how the UK economy bounced back

From the Northern Rock collapse, to crashed markets via bust banks, coalitions cuts and painful austerity, this clickable graphic tracks how the British economy recovered.

article 25 July 2014 UK
Sun out for Osborne as UK economy emerges from downturn

The UK economy grew by 0.8 per cent in the second quarter and has now recovered the ground lost since the downturn began in 2008, according to official figures released this morning.

video 17 June 2014 France

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'These issues are beyond left and right' - video

French economist Thomas Piketty and Ryan Bourne, of the Institute of Economic Affairs, debate the Frenchman's call for a global tax on high earners to ensure a fairer distribution of wealth.

post 27 May 2014
Read more from Jon on Snowblog Payback time for the UK and Europe?

So is it payback time for the worst financial crisis in living memory? If so, who was to blame?

article 21 May 2014 UK
The 20-year-old who 'became a statistic' and killed himself

Martin Hadfield's parents put the 20-year-old's suicide down to his struggle to find a job. He is not alone, and The Samaritans say there is a lack of "safety net" after this recession.

article 18 May 2014 UK
Mark Carney
Housing is 'biggest risk' to UK economy, says Carney

"The biggest risk" to the UK economy comes from the booming housing market, Mark Carney warns, as he suggests the Bank of England may step in to stop a "big debt overhang" building up.

article 27 January 2014 UK
by London calling - and creating 80 per cent of new jobs

A third of 22 to 30-year-olds who leave home move to London. But with the capital creating 80 per cent of private sector jobs, who can blame them? Channel 4 News hears from young people on the move.


'The world's biggest ever transfer of risk saw the banking system's rotten debts, effectively transferred to governments and taxpayers.'