Ben Chu

Ben Chu is The Independent's Economics Editor. Previously he was the newspaper's chief leader writer.

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OBR should not audit party manifestos, says independent reviewer

The advice is a setback to shadow Chancellor, Ed Balls, who has been pressing for the body to be given the job to build Labour's credibility with the public in advance of next year's general election

Staff turnover at the Treasury is notoriously high

Treasury complains of brain drain to better-paying Bank and HMRC

Sir Nicholas Macpherson said the superior pay on offer made it hard to prevent talented junior staff from jumping ship

Worries over recovery as manufacturing slows

Growth in new export orders slowed to a five-month low

Mario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank

Eurozone flames were doused, but those coals still smoulder

When the crisis was tackled by the ECB two years ago it merely bought time that has not been used well

ECB expected to act as euro deflation looms

Inflation in the eurozone has fallen to a five-year low, reinforcing expectations that the European Central Bank will ultimately take action to avert deflation in the single currency.

Lending to small businesses under Bank of England's FLS falls again

Net lending to small companies fell again in the second quarter of the year, despite reforms to the Funding for Lending Scheme (FLS) designed specifically to boost the flow of credit to the sector.

The Bank of England’s Funding for Deleveraging

The Bank of England and the Treasury released data on the usage of their Funding for Lending Scheme in the second quarter of 2014 this morning.

First annual rise in advertised salaries since recession

Salaries advertised online have registered their first annual increase since the global financial crisis, in a finding that will bolster hopes wages for UK workers might finally be increasing.

Markets prepare for money taps to be turned on in the eurozone

Financial markets yesterday placed bets on the European Central Bank (ECB) launching its own emergency bond-purchase programme before the end of the year in order to boost prices and growth in the weakening euro area.

Ever felt that financial forecasters are making it up as they go along?

If so, you are worryingly accurate, as the most important economic measure can only be guessed at
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