Ben Chu

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

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Help to Buy has been widely criticised as an irresponsible ploy for pumping up wider economic confidence

Help to Buy: who has it really helped?

Two years ago George Osborne introduced a dramatic intervention in the housing market, but even the Treasury was sceptical

George Osborne, chancellor of the exchequer

Chancellor ignored advice from Treasury to launch Help to Buy scheme

Exclusive: Treasury advice suggested the majority of the purchases made through the scheme 'would likely have happened anyway over time'

David Harding (total donation: £593,765), Sir John Beckwith (£520,996) and Andrew Law (£1,226,411) are among the leading doners

General Election 2015: How hedge fund super-rich 'donated £19m to Tory party'

Report reveals half of wealthiest managers gave money as Archbishop of Canterbury warns about wealth and 'misuse of power'

George Osborne, chancellor of the exchequer

Latest Tory plan means ‘toughest austerity in the West’

Coalition is planning a crunch worth 3.5 per cent of GDP between 2015 and 2019

Campaign groups estimate that Boots has avoided up to £1.3bn of UK tax (Getty)

The boot is on the other foot: Labour warning has hazardous side-effects for Boots

Boots boss Stefano Pessina wanted to sound a warning about Labour. But instead a light was shone on his firm’s tax affairs

Greece vows not to co-operate with eurozone creditors and IMF as deflation worsens

Fresh eurozone turmoil as Athens sticks to hard line and prices fall at joint-record rate

Canary Wharf

From Thatcher to Qatar: a turbulent Docklands history

They took the name from the old dock. Canary Wharf was where produce from the Canary Islands was unloaded by stevedores in the Victorian era. But by the late 1970s it was a ghost town, prompting Margaret Thatcher’s environment secretary, Michael Heseltine, to establish the London Docklands Development Corporation in 1981.

Economic growth misses forecasts, raising concerns over recovery

Growth has fallen short of the Office for Budget Responsibility’s 2014 estimate made only two months ago, official figures showed yesterday.

Newspapers featuring Alexis Tsipras, leader of the victorious Syriza, in Athens yesterday (AP)

Greek economy may recover faster than we think

The pain of a Grexit would be relatively short-lived, some think

A woman waves a Greek flag during a speech by the leader of Syriza left-wing party Alexis Tsipras outside Athens University Headquarters

Greece elections: Who are Syriza and what effect will their new government have on Europe?

The party has formed a coalition government since winning Sunday's election

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How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
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The price to be paid for challenging the rule of extremists

A revolution now 'consuming its own children'
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Welcome to the world of Megagames

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Charlotte Gainsbourg on 'Nymphomaniac'

Starring in one of the most explicit films ever
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Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

Vince Cable exclusive interview

Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Russell Brand's interview with Ed Miliband has got everyone talking about The Trews

Everyone is talking about The Trews

Russell Brand's 'true news' videos attract millions of viewers. But today's 'Milibrand' interview introduced his resolutely amateurish style to a whole new crowd
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

It's time for my close-up

Meet the man who films great whites for a living
Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before
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'Queer saint' who bankrolled artworld giants

British culture owes a huge debt to Peter Watson, says Michael Prodger
Pushkin Prizes: Unusual exchange programme aims to bring countries together through culture

Pushkin Prizes brings countries together

Ten Scottish schoolchildren and their Russian peers attended a creative writing workshop in the Highlands this week
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14 best kids' hoodies

Don't get caught out by that wind on the beach. Zip them up in a lightweight top to see them through summer to autumn
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The acceptable face of the Emirates

Has Abu Dhabi found a way to blend petrodollars with principles, asks Robert Fisk