Kate Andrews

Can Rishi Sunak afford a pre-election tax cut?

21 September 2023 7:26 pm

Will the government have room for tax cuts before an election? Politically, it’s thought to be non-negotiable that they must.…

UK set for highest inflation in G7 this year

19 September 2023 10:07 pm

You’d struggle to describe the start of 2023 as anything like ‘good economic times’. But according to the OECD’s economic outlook…

Liz Truss is no fiscal hawk

19 September 2023 12:46 am

Was Liz Truss a fiscal hawk inside No. 10? That is the rather startling claim made by the former prime…

Britain is heading for an autumn of discontent

15 September 2023 11:30 pm

Train drivers will strike for two days in the coming weeks, on 30 September and 4 October. These dates are…

Britain can’t just blame the weather for its moribund economy

13 September 2023 6:43 pm

Did GDP fall in July because of the wet weather? That’s the argument being made this morning, as the Office…

Is Britain getting a pay rise?

12 September 2023 6:34 pm

Whisper it, but British workers seem to be getting a pay rise. This morning’s update from the Office for National Statistics reveals…

Can Liz Truss rewrite history?

12 September 2023 2:26 am

Last week’s anniversary of Liz Truss entering Downing Street could have passed by quietly. But the Trussites had other ideas.…

Broken Britain: what went wrong?

9 September 2023 9:00 am

Who broke Britain?

Is the Bank of England done with raising rates?

7 September 2023 3:45 am

Is the UK set for its 15th consecutive interest rate hike later this month? Markets expect that rates will peak…

Why won’t my British friends see a GP?

2 September 2023 9:00 am

Having lived in the United Kingdom for almost my whole adult life, I like to think I’m well assimilated. I…

GDP revisions show UK economy almost 2% larger than thought

1 September 2023 11:40 pm

It’s not often that we see a GDP revision as startling as the one published today. In its Blue Book…

Talk of a housing ‘crash’ isn’t quite what it seems

1 September 2023 10:10 pm

House prices dropped more than was expected this month, falling 5.3 per cent compared to August last year. The value of…

Jeremy Hunt’s big spending pledges are coming home to roost

22 August 2023 6:17 pm

The Office for National Statistics reports this morning that public sector net borrowing in July came in at £4.3 billion. This is…

Britain could lose five years of economic growth

10 August 2023 12:44 am

It’s no great secret that the events of the past few years have delivered a serious economic blow to the…

Will Brits feel richer if inflation halves?

9 August 2023 3:10 am

The government’s objective to ‘halve inflation’ by the end of the year seems to be back on track – for…

Can the Tories come up with a tax offer in time?

5 August 2023 9:00 am

Last summer, all the Tory party could talk about was tax. It was at the heart of the leadership contest…

Inheritance tax has become yet another stealth tax

1 August 2023 3:41 am

Most people will not see their estates subject to inheritance tax. Still, most people oppose the principle of the tax…

The US economy is bouncing back – unlike Europe’s

29 July 2023 3:00 am

Every country that imposed a lockdown during the pandemic accepted that there would be an economic price to pay. But…

Will the NatWest debacle end the ‘debanking’ scandal?

26 July 2023 7:11 pm

The NatWest saga is fast becoming a textbook example of what some consider to be an ‘establishment’ attack on minority…

Rishi Sunak is caught in a debt trap

21 July 2023 8:32 pm

Two by-election defeats have made it a miserable morning for the Tories, even if they did manage to cling on…

Sunak still has his work cut out to halve inflation

19 July 2023 7:24 pm

The rate of inflation has fallen again. CPI rose 7.9 per cent on the year in June, down from 8.7…

Rishi’s pledge to grow the economy isn’t going well

13 July 2023 7:23 pm

The economy contracted by 0.1 per cent in May – down by 0.4 per cent compared to May 2022. But…

Who’s to blame for rising mortgage costs?

12 July 2023 1:45 am

Mortgage costs have reached a 15-year high today, with the average two-year fixed deal hitting 6.66 per cent – the…

Wages are up – but the Bank won’t be happy about it

11 July 2023 7:10 pm

The labour market continues to show signs of becoming less tight – but this won’t be fast enough for the…