Ben Chu

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

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The economy expanded by 0.8 per cent in the second quarter of 2014

Government hails latest GDP figures, but there is still room for scepticism over this 'glorious recovery'

George Osborne’s Liberal Democrat deputy, Danny Alexander, proclaimed that Britain is now in the 'fast lane'

IMF moves Britain into the ‘fast lane’ for growth

The growth outlook for the UK economy has once again been upgraded significantly by the International Monetary Fund.

Cowardly politicians must tackle council tax

Old wine in new bottles can leave a bitter taste. And so it is with tax. Margaret Thatcher abolished the ancient system of property rates because she disliked the idea of a progressive tax in which those who lived in big homes paid more than people in more modest dwellings. Her answer was the flat-rate community charge, where a banker paid exactly the same amount of local tax as a street sweeper.

It was Paul Fisher’s job to oversee and implement quantitative easing

Paul Fisher: ‘The Bank delivered the recovery’

Paul Fisher has left the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee after five years. He tells Ben Chu what Threadneedle Street got right and why the Bank behaved properly over forex

Serious Fraud Office launches criminal probe into forex manipulation

Investigation into allegations London bankers rigged key benchmarks for profit

Drops in production and higher spending on offshore fields are blamed for falling projected tax receipts from North Sea oil and gas

Forecasts for North Sea oil tax revenues slashed by 25%

Oil production forecasts for 2017-18 have been revised down on last year by 11% to 29.2 million tonnes

Mr Osborne, who is on a two-day trip to India with Foreign Secretary William Hague, said the two countries would see greater investment in each other’s economies and more job creation.

New blow for Coalition economic rebalance as UK trade deficit widens

Trade deficit jumped to £9.2bn in May from £8.9bn in April in new blow to George Osborne

Riskier mortgages on the up, but property demand wanes

Fresh evidence that the housing market is cooling comes today from the latest survey by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Pound slides on shock fall in factories’ output

Manufacturers registered a surprise slump in output in May

Dow Jones breaks through 17,000 barrier on back of surging US job figures

The Dow Jones Industrial Average burst through 17,000 for the first time yesterday following a report showing the American economy added 288,000 more jobs in June.

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