While the winner of the next election will adopt a looser fiscal stance than recent governments, Thomas Pope says that any increases in capital spending must be carefully managed.
With the Conservatives, Labour and the Liberal Democrats making their pitches to the business community, Giles Wilkes identifies some surprising signs of consensus – and some problems ahead.
Joe Marshall says that politicians should use this general election to set out proposals for much-needed changes to the tax system.
John McDonnell’s Labour Party conference speech left a worrying impression of retreat from his previous commitments to properly costing and funding policy proposals, writes Martin Wheatley.
The government’s tendency to dole out small amounts of money to local areas is no substitute for getting a grip on how those areas are impacted by public spending as a whole, writes Martin Wheatley.
With Brexit leaving plans for a serious three-year spending review in tatters, Martin Wheatley is encouraged to see the Treasury still showing some focus on how best to spend public money.
With the Government’s fiscal rules either expiring or simply being ignored by the incoming Prime Minister, Gemma Tetlow says the new Chancellor must quickly set some fiscal targets to guide the Johnson administration
Ongoing budgetary uncertainty means Sajid Javid must quickly decide whether to attempt a full spending review this year, says Martin Wheatley.
Labour is right to identify outsourcing failures but its new policy risks creating more problems than it addresses, argues Tom Sasse
Another of the Government’s biggest contractors has gone into administration because it took on risky contracts it couldn’t deliver, writes Tom Sasse.