Helia Ebrahimi is the Economics Correspondent for Channel 4 News.
Channel 4 News' Economics Correspondent Helia Ebrahimi reports on the big changes in the economy and the public finances - and how they'll influence the world you live in.
The latest forecast from the government’s Budget watchdog, the OBR, points to a stronger recovery from the Covid crisis than previously predicted.
The Chancellor is promising to use the “fiscal firepower” of the government in his Budget tomorrow to get Britain’s economy back on track.
Retail sales dropped by the largest amount on record last year, with many shops forced to close for months because of lockdown.
The lockdown is taking a “devastating toll” on the mental health of young people, according to a major survey by the Prince’s Trust and shown exclusively to this programme.
There is more evidence that things will get tougher before they get better, as figures showed the UK economy shrank by 2.6% in November as England went into lockdown for a second time.
EU ambassadors say they have given a “green light” to Britain’s post-Brexit trade deal, due to come into force on Friday. Focus now switches to MPs here, who will vote on the new agreement at a special sitting of parliament on Wednesday. Some Labour MPs say they will vote against the deal, while fishermen’s leaders…
The number of people in the UK who’ve been laid off has soared to a record high.
There was enormous pressure to find protective clothing for NHS staff and care home workers.
The prospect of the failure of trade talks with the EU has added to the concerns of businesses across the UK, as the woes inflicted on the economy by the Covid pandemic were starkly revealed today.
But 99% of the country will still be under strict coronavirus measures, banning households from mixing indoors.
Ministers had relied on a stockpile that proved inadequate when the crisis hit, and the system was overwhelmed by the scale of demand for these items.
Boris Johnson has insisted he’s “very proud” of the UK government’s effort to secure stocks of urgently needed personal protective equipment – after a damning report by the public spending watchdog. The National Audit Office found that firms recommended by MPs’, peers’ and ministers’ offices were given priority in the rush to buy up equipment…
This programme has seen exclusive evidence of the dramatic increase in the price of PPE being paid by the government when the pandemic crisis first hit in April and May.
The UK economy managed to rebound out of recession during the summer when many restrictions were eased.
The impact of the Covid crisis could mean we see the opposite of “levelling up” for those parts of the economy that have lagged behind for decades. That’s the warning from the chief economist of the Bank of England. Speaking exclusively to this programme, Andy Haldane said it was now an “absolute necessity” to tackle…