"In this country we have to look upon budget promises as made of the same stuff as lover's oaths." So said Lord Salisbury, three times Conservative PM, and his words are perhaps more apt than ever given that all the love drain
By Gavin Kelly - 11 February 7:00
Despite the recent upturn, the still severely weakened state of our economy means we can't judge what is possible yet.
By Gavin Kelly - 14 October 12:43
Raising the personal allowance won’t give anything to the lowest-earning five million workers.
By Gavin Kelly - 21 September 10:36
All are blamed for the squeeze, all are being forced to compete on this terrain and all are struggling to be heard and believed, But the challenge is greatest for Labour.
By Gavin Kelly - 12 September 10:54
The Low Pay Commission should consider setting out how the minimum wage would increase over time if the recovery is sustained.
By Gavin Kelly - 19 March 16:39
By prioritising support for dual-earner couples, the coalition is shunning backbench Tory calls to favour the 'traditional' family.
By Gavin Kelly - 22 February 10:05
No, but it’s struggling to catch up with the challenge of 2015.
By Gavin Kelly - 21 January 10:26
The coalition hasn’t resolved the role the welfare system should play in supporting families with children. The impasse on childcare policy reflects this.
By Gavin Kelly - 20 December 11:12
Making out that cutting working-age welfare won’t hurt those in work is so divorced from reality that there was always going to be backlash. None of which is to say that Osborne’s gamble won’t pay off.
By Gavin Kelly - 04 December 16:08
A few insights from Gavin Kelly to help you navigate Osborne's fiscal arithmetic.
By Gavin Kelly - 01 December 23:40
The Chancellor's strategy is based on faulty rules and unproven assumptions about the deficit.
By Gavin Kelly - 27 October 23:28
All parties are desperate for measures that will make life easier for hard-pressed families. Affordable childcare is an obvious candidate.
By Gavin Kelly - 19 September 17:10
Gloomy projections all round.
By Gavin Kelly - 02 August 22:00
The squeeze on young people's pay is only going to get worse.
By Gavin Kelly - 30 July 8:49
Time for a better debate about what is happening to the pay of women and men.
By Gavin Kelly - 23 May 12:16
The coalition needs to work on a climb down.
By Gavin Kelly - 10 May 16:51
The challenges are real, but the living wage chimes with the public mood.
By Gavin Kelly - 08 May 10:28
Labour needs to move at pace if it’s not going to get timed-out.
By Gavin Kelly - 02 May 11:27
The complex new student support system will result in eye-watering effective tax rates for many low-
By Gavin Kelly - 17 April 9:22
The minimum wage has fallen back to the level it was at in 2004 – what are the prospects for a futur
By Gavin Kelly - 21 March 16:45
By Gavin Kelly - 21 March 10:54
... and economists love to hate.
By Gavin Kelly - 14 March 16:23
The coalition’s travails over child benefit mean Osborne may revisit his decision to raise the perso
By Gavin Kelly - 06 March 8:06
Do you prioritise fairness for individuals or for households? The coalition is realising you can't d
By Gavin Kelly - 19 February 20:03
The Lib Dem leader and the coming Budget.
By Gavin Kelly - 09 February 16:16
Our Scandinavian friends have much to teach us.
By Gavin Kelly - 25 January 12:26
Nice or nasty, either way the economic future doesn't look great.
By Gavin Kelly - 18 January 17:14
In a more hostile media climate, the coalition's shifts would be portrayed as crass opportunism and
By Gavin Kelly - 08 January 20:08
It's time to start a blunter conversation about tax and spending choices.
By Gavin Kelly and Joe Coward - 22 December 15:48
Let’s make 2012 the year when every care worker gets what they are legally entitled to.