The Great Debate UK

Deflation? It’s inflation you need to watch

March 25, 2009

– David Kuo is a director at the financial Web site The Motley Fool. The views expressed are his own. –

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Late payments send small businesses to the wall

March 20, 2009

By clamping down on credit, Britain's newly cautious banks are making collapse almost inevitable for many small to medium enterprise (SMEs) who need a financial cushion now, more than ever, as suppliers and customers struggle to pay bills as the economic downturn bites.

What managers can do to maintain morale in a jobs crisis

March 18, 2009

* Ian Kessler is a reader in employment relations at Said Business School at the University of Oxford. The views expressed are his own *

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Bankers offer act of contrition

February 10, 2009

In the Middle Ages the four ousted British bankers who brought the Royal Bank of Scotland and HBOS to the brink of collapse would have probably had to endure the public humiliation of sitting in the stocks. 

Pound’s fall a symptom of crisis, not a problem in itself

January 28, 2009

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–Vincent Cable is Deputy Leader of Britain’s Liberal Democrats. He is a former economist who is also the party’s spokesman on economics and finance. The views expressed are his own. –

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Housing market: what is your prediction?

January 14, 2009

One thing looks to be sure this year - the housing market has further to fall. Some of the gloomiest predictions are for a further 20 percent slump before a recovery may set in.

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Would you take a pay cut?

December 11, 2008

A small but growing number of companies are considering asking their workers to take a pay cut as a means of cutting costs without having to fire anyone.

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Was one point enough?

December 4, 2008

The Bank of England has cut interest rates by a whole point to 2 percent in response to increasing worries over discouraging data and a looming recession.

Doubts over whether pre-budget measures will prevent recession

November 24, 2008

Roger Bootle is economic adviser to Deloitte. The views expressed are his own.

The Chancellor was right to try to give some help to the economy but, while the scale of the increase in future borrowing is huge, the economic effect of the reduction in VAT will be tiny.

Pre-Budget Report: More will need to be done

November 24, 2008

Brendan Barber is General Secretary of the TUC. Any views expressed are his own.Brendan Barber

The Chancellor was right to inject this extra money into the economy. We welcome the significant extra cash that he has put into the pockets of low and medium paid workers, and the extra help for pensioners. The new Ofgem probe into energy prices has the potential to reduce fuel bills if pursued with vigour.