Ben Chu

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

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Bank of England will be proved wrong on wage growth, say economists

Labour market experts Stephen Machin and David Blanchflower argue Threadneedle Street will have to revise forecasts

Bank of England warns of new threat from underpricing of financial risks

Mark Carney says regulator will crack down on insurers if they downplay dangers

What has really happened to NHS spending under the Coalition?

The Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, took to Twitter earlier this week to belittle Labour’s flagship plans, announced at its annual party conference, to increase spending on the NHS by £2.5bn a year.

Public borrowing rises to £11.6bn

George Osborne’s public finances headache worsened yesterday as official figures showed that the deficit in August came in at £11.6bn, £700m more than the same month last year and higher than City expectations.

George Osborne

UK public borrowing jumps to £11.6 billion in August

New blow for George Osborne as Coalition 'likely' to miss deficit reduction target

Lending puzzle still has missing pieces

Aldermore’s float has been touted as a sign that challenger banks are coming into their own. But there is still a long way to go before SMEs are properly served

Ben Chu: GlaxoSmithKline is somewhere between a giant tiger and a fly for China's leadership

The abject apology issued by Glaxo’s chief executive underlines the company's subordinate status

Pro-union activists rally opposite of pro-independence supporters in Glasgow's George Square, in Scotland

Scottish referendum results: What does 'No' vote mean for the UK economy?

There is unlikely to be a post-referendum bounce

Mario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank

Pressure grows on the ECB as banks shun cheap money lending

Analysts say QE is needed as lack of appetite for lending foils move to boost inflation

This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs The Climate by Naomi Klein, book review

In her polemical new book, Naomi Klein argues that mass mobilisation is our only hope if we are to fight the lethal challenge of global warming
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