Politics

Punters push Tories ahead of Labour

Money lining up behind David Cameron as Sporting Index has Conservatives in front of Labour for first time since November

The roll out of the new pension freedoms is ‘chaotic’

The introduction of the new pension freedoms have been slammed by the chief executive of one of the world’s largest independent financial advisory firms as “alarmingly chaotic.”

North-South Divide Becoming "Increasingly Entrenched"

The gap between Britain's best-and worst-performing cities has dramatically widened since 2004 to create a "two-tier economy of dynamism and decline", according to a recently published report.

Membership of the Banknote Character Advisory Committee

On 18 December 2013, the Bank of England announced a new process for selecting the historic characters that feature on Bank of England banknotes.

CHART OF THE WEEK: UK GDP Per Capita

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Preliminary growth figures for the final quarter of last year were released yesterday and, although quarterly growth slowed down to 0.5%, 2014 was still the best year of growth since 2007

#noTTIP Train to transport 100 UK activists to confront trade negotiations in Brussels

• #noTTIP Train Departure: Tuesday February 3, 7.30–8.15am
Location: Eurostar Departure Gate, St Pancras Station, London

• #noTTIP protest: Wednesday February 4, 10.30–11.30
Location: Rue de la Loi, Schuman roundabout, Brussels

GDP up by 2.6% in 2014

UK GDP as a whole was up by 2.6 percent in 2014 compared with 2013 according to preliminary estimates reports the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Oil Prices Changing The Face Of Global Geopolitics

In a documentary that aired recently on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's popular The Fifth Estate program, an allegory of Vladimir Putin was presented.

EU lobby register: still failing to deliver real transparency

NGOs file complaint about misleading Goldman Sachs registration

New research published today shows that too many major lobby organisations, including financial lobbyists

Bank of England Executive Director appointments

The Bank of England today announced two new appointments to its Executive Team.

The Court of the Bank of England today approved the appointment of Alex Brazier as Executive Director for Financial Stability Strategy and Risk (FSSR), effective from 16 March 2015.

UK Savings rates to continue to fall despite auto-enrolment

By the The International Longevity Centre – UK

ILC-UK is today announcing plans to explore the case for a second Independent Pensions Commission.

UKIP pledges an extra £3 billion for the NHS

UKIP is announcing today that it will provide an extra £3 billion per year in NHS funding. The money will be directed squarely at frontline services.