Ben Chu

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

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House prices steam ahead in London as bubble fears rise

London house prices shot up by a further 5 per cent in the first three months of 2014, prompting new fears of a property bubble in the capital.

Heathrow chief Colin Matthews to leave before runway expansion battle is resolved

The chief executive of Heathrow airport announced yesterday that he is to step down later this year. Colin Matthews, who has been chief executive of Europe's busiest airport for six years, said he would remain in post until its new Terminal 2, the Queen's Terminal, opens in June.

Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne speaks with CEO of Tata Steel Europe Karl Koehler during a visit to the Tata Steel works in Port Talbot, Wales

Choose your targets carefully, George, or you’ll end up with egg on your face

This pledge owes rather more to political than economic logic

Current-account deficit hits highest level in 25 years

Britain’s current account balloons to its highest level since 1989 as income earned on foreign investments slumps

Why we’ve got it so wrong on inequality

The economic world is changing rapidly and we need to shift our focus from income to assets

'No interest rate rise until autumn 2015' after inflation hits four-year low

Inflation has dipped to a new, four-year low, easing the pressure on the Bank of England to raise interest rates and increasing the likelihood of real wages turning positive in the coming months.

There’s a long way to go on the deficit, George Osborne warned

The latest public borrowing figures showed the Government remains on course to reduce the deficit over this financial year, but analysts have also warned that they underline the scale of the fiscal challenge still facing George Osborne.

Steve Webb says: 'We need to give people options about what to do with their own money'

Budget 2014: Pension pots ‘can be used to buy Lamborghinis’, says Lib Dem minister

We don’t mind if people near retirement blow savings on fast cars, says policy reformer – as IFS warns there will be losers

Household debt-to-income ratio continues to rise

Budget 2014: The reality is that Osborne still needs us to spend cash, not save it

Three months ago George Osborne's watchdog had to move at the speed of a whippet. Robert Chote's team at the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) was compelled to make some chunky revisions to its economic forecasts of nine months earlier. Like the rest of the forecasting community, the OBR did not see last year's sharp recovery coming. This time around, though, the OBR has not needed to be so radical.

Mark Carney: Central banks' inflation obsession 'fatally flawed'

Personnel overhaul sees two new deputies installed, including the IMF's 'Manouche'

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