A benefits poster in Lewisham high street. As new changes come in, it's essential the vulnerable are protected. Photo: Oli Scarff/Getty Images
As the Emergency Budget comes closer, the government must remember that benefits are a public service
By Rachael Badger - 03 July 17:23

The Government has consistently maintained its intention to protect vulnerable people - but will it deliver?

Rochdale's Failinge estate, where 4 out of 5 children live in poverty. Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty Image
While the government officially abolishes child poverty, things are getting worse
By Alison Garnham - 03 July 14:23

At a stroke, the Government is about to abolish the concept, if not the reality, of child and working poverty. But a crisis is looming.

Osborne's plan isn't working - and Labour shouldn't follow it. Photo: Oli Scarff/Getty Images
There is no economic reason for Osborne’s surplus plan. It’s time Labour stopped playing catch-up
By Simon Wren-Lewis - 18 June 14:50

Osborne is using the budget as an excuse for reducing the size of the state. Labour must not follow his lead.

A woman at a protest against banker's wages outside Chase bank in New York. Photo: Chris Hondros/Getty Images
The head of a big company now makes more in a day than a worker on the minimum wage earns in a year
By Xan Rice - 18 June 12:48

Soaring executive pay would be more ­justifiable if it reflected companies’ results. Yet the High Pay Centre report argues that this is not the case.

Rupert’s racket: an anti-Murdoch protest during the Leveson inquiry, 2012. Photo: TAL COHEN/REX
Think Britain is as corrupt as Russia? It's time to get out more
By Peter Oborne - 08 June 11:28

The last prime minister to make a fortune out of public office was Lloyd George. Today’s cabinet ministers earn middle-class salaries, and most of them live in modest houses. So why do people think otherwise?

Austerity for one, austerity for all: The Signing of Peace in the Hall of Mirrors, Versailles, 28th June 1919 by William Orpen (1919). Photo: IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM, LONDON/BRIDGEMAN IMAGES
Amartya Sen: The economic consequences of austerity
By Amartya Sen - 04 June 16:33

The judgements of our financial and political leaders are breathtakingly narrow. Nobel Prize-winning economist Amartya Sen considers the alternatives.

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George Osborne’s cunning plan: how the chancellor's austerity narrative has harmed recovery
By Robert Skidelsky - 29 April 8:15

The Tories claim austerity saved the country from disaster. But Osborne's neoliberal right economics drew on discredited theories - and ultimately scuppered growth.

People choose how to invest in their pensions due to a variety of factors. Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images News
How to spend it: why do people put their money where they do?
By Andrew Power - 20 April 17:48

Where we invest is driven by a mix of personal preference, government incentives and economic trends.

Farewell to the shady business of the London gold price fix
By Xan Rice - 16 April 15:13

An insight into gold fixing and why it's come to an end after nearly 96 years.

The New Statesman Podcast | Episode Eighty-Two
By New Statesman - 18 March 16:43

A Budget 2015 special.

Osborne at the royal mint. Photo: Matthew Horwood - WPA Pool/Getty Images
What the budget will not reveal: Osborne has been more pragmatic than his image suggests
By New Statesman - 12 March 10:56

This looks set to be a minimalist budget - but not all is as it seems, and opposition Ed Balls would do well to veer away from it sooner rather than later.

An empty shop front in Bath. Photo: Matt Cardy/Getty Images
The meritocracy myth – what ever happened to the old dream of a classless society?
By David Lipsey - 26 February 11:59

The evidence is clear: more equal societites are happier than unequal ones. Other countries achieve it - Britain must do better.

Tax returns in Glasgow, 2009. Photo: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images
Leader: The stench of corruption at HSBC is a reminder tax havens must be closed
By New Statesman - 12 February 11:54

Now we've caught wind of the money hidden in Swiss accounts, it's time to turn to other veiled tax affairs.

A food bank in Spain. Photo: Getty
Hard Times review: how the crash made our society more unequal
By Lucy Fisher - 11 December 10:46

The central tenet of Hard Times is that the economic slump of 2008 and its aftermath have augmented the schisms already present in two rich, but profoundly unequal societies: the UK and the US.

The view from the European Central Bank. Photo: Getty
Robert Skidelsky: The welfare state did not cause the crash. So why is Osborne cutting it?
By Robert Skidelsky - 10 December 14:55

If a government has to cut its spending, it is much better to tax the rich than starve the poor.

Putin is in international disgrace - the west must make him feel it
Any financial loss to Britain mustn’t obscure the aim of sanctions on Russia
By Robert Macquarie - 04 August 13:19

The cost of recent economic sanctions will be felt in the west, but it’s a cost we can – and should – withstand. 

Could the UK’s next big export be urban development?
By Barbara Speed - 18 July 11:04

We already have a “future cities industry”, apparently.

Private sector job creation in London versus the rest of the UK: confusion over the facts
Sorting fact from fiction: jobs in London vs. rest of UK
By Lucy Fisher - 01 July 13:18

Labour is claiming today that 8 out of 10 new private sector jobs created since 2010 have been in London; the Tories say 3 out of 4 of them have been created outside the capital. Which is it?

Illustration by Sonia Roy/Colagene.com
Fishing with dynamite: the big competition myth
By Margaret Heffernan - 26 June 10:00

Is it time to relinquish fantasies of winning in exchange for the greater prize of shared progress?

Graduate prospects are rising, but for some it's too late
Graduate prospects are improving, but some may already have left Britain for good
By Lucy Fisher - 02 June 17:04

The UK's graduate job market is getting better, but Britain may already have lost a selection of its most talented youth to foreign climes.

The last thing we need is oligarchs’ money flooding into Britain
By Felix Martin - 29 May 10:00

Felix Martin explores the question of Russian capital flight to London.

The UK has more billionaires per head than any other country – which is bad news
By Sophie McBain - 13 May 14:57

Billionaires love Britain. But here are three big reasons why Britain shouldn’t love billionaires. 

Do women really need extra help managing their money?
By Sophie McBain - 25 April 12:01

A Financial Times columnist has written a book of financial advice for “independent women”.

the New York Stock Exchange reopens after the Easter holiday, 21 April. Photo: Getty
HFT: the latest scam devised by Wall Street and the City
By Felix Martin - 25 April 10:00

Felix Martin discusses Flash Boys by the American financial writer Michael Lewis, which examines high-frequency trading (HFT).

The Osborne audit: what have we learned?
By Robert Skidelsky - 17 March 12:10

Ahead of this week’s budget, the economic historian Robert Skidelsky examines how four years of austerity have affected Britain.

Leonardo DiCaprio in the Wolf of Wall Street (Photo: Universal)
Far from the Wolf of Wall Street: how did young people become so risk averse?
By Alice Robb - 13 March 10:00

Today’s bankers have replaced the excesses of the 1980s with Excel spreadsheets and PowerPoint presentations.

Leader: After Cable’s intervention, the austerity consensus is crumbling
By New Statesman - 14 March 15:53

No longer can David Cameron plausibly claim, if he ever could, that "there is no alternative".

Paul Ryan
Paul Ryan on Europe
By Alex Hern - 15 August 9:23

Compared to Ryan's budgets, Cameron's coalition looks positively profligate.

If the coalition is committed to families, why are maternity services being cut?
By Heather McRobie - 24 July 8:37

The strain of austerity is beginning to show on maternal care provision.

Frances O'Grady: how to rebuild Britain
By Frances O'Grady - 11 July 14:34

Britain urgently needs a new economic settlement, argues Frances O’Grady of the TUC. That calls for a strong industrial policy, with brakes on the banks, revived collective bargaining and support for small business.

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