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UK.gov dangles £10m sweetener over bumpkin broadband hopefuls

Autumn Statement 2013 The government plans to slip £10m into the pockets of outfits willing to test alternative ways to bring superfast broadband access to those bits of Blighty left untouched by BT's fibre-to-the-cabinet technology rollout. The extra funding was announced ahead of Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne's rambunctious Autumn …
Kelly Fiveash, 5 Dec 2013

Osborne slashes growth forecast by half in bleak economy statement

Budget Day 2013 Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne "levelled" with the British public today by admitting that the economy remains in the toilet as he slashed growth estimates. "We've got to go on making difficult decisions so that Britain can live within its means," he told Parliament. But his grim statement to the House revealed …
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Mar 2013
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That Osbo bloke - he's on your Twitters. 'What a c**k'

Budget Day 2013 Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has joined the swelled ranks of politicos and media bods on Twitter today, ahead of his Budget Statement at lunchtime - which is expected to be one of the bleakest in years. 'This is what they call a selfie, right?' The Register suspects that Osbo is too busy with his abacus today …
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Mar 2013
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Public borrowing hike overshadows Osborne's tax breaks

Budget Day 2012 Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne delivered his Budget statement to the House of Commons today, which he claimed was about supporting working families and helping those seeking employment. He reaffirmed his "unwavering commitment to deal with debt" and described it as a "fiscally neutral Budget". But the growth …
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Mar 2012
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Gov to spread mobile masts to remote corners of Blighty

The UK's Chancellor has confirmed that the government will sink £150m into buying up cell sites with the intention of extending rural coverage to 99 per cent of the population. Ofcom will advise the government on how it should go about spending our cash on sites for base stations to be utilised by multiple operators, with the …
Bill Ray, 4 Oct 2011
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Osborne proffers £150m for mobile not spots

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has promised £150m to provide better mobile coverage in the UK, 'cos that's just what we need to stimulate the economy. Talking on The Today show this morning the Chancellor promised a freeze on council tax while vowing to invest in developing applications for the miracle material …
Bill Ray, 3 Oct 2011
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Boy George promises to cut employment rights

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne is asking employers to get in touch over plans to reform employment law. First in the Coalition sights for reform is discrimination legislation, where the government fears businesses are settling even when faced with weak cases because compensation is theoretically unlimited. Osborne …
John Oates, 11 May 2011
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Unions and small biz doubt Osborne's bank promises

The Trades Union Congress and small business groups are doubtful that George Osborne has tamed the British banks or extracted a meaningful promise on business lending. Osborne made clear that his Project Merlin, the deal done today – a £2.5bn tax on bank profits, a pledge to increase small business lending and reduce bankers' …
John Oates, 9 Feb 2011
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Osborne details painful cuts for UK

After months of phoney war, George Osborne has detailed the coalition's battle plan to beat Britain's £109bn deficit, confirming hundreds of thousands of casualties across the public sector. The Chancellor also announced sweeping reforms to the welfare system, saying "fairness" is the government's guiding principle. Osborne …
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Small biz quakes as Budget shadow looms

Business expenses are already going up - even before expected tax rises in the emergency Budget come into effect. The Forum of Private Business has joined the chorus of advice for George Osborne - but then he did ask the public to help him choose what to cut. The group asked why, although there has been a suggestion of cuts …
John Oates, 10 Jun 2010
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CBI calls for other people to suffer cuts

Lobby group the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) is urging Chancellor George Osborne to make cuts to the public sector rather than increasing the tax burden on its members. In a letter to the Chancellor ahead of the emergency Budget the business group calls for major reform of the public sector to create savings to help …
John Oates, 10 Jun 2010
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Pre-election budget targets politics, not policy

Budget In a budget lacking the traditional pre-election giveaway, the chancellor dedicated much of his speech to congratulating himself on measures taken in the last two years to mitigate the impact of recession and bail out the financial sector. The most significant tax change is to stamp duty, which will rise to five per cent for …
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Axeman Chancellor toes the line on ID cards

Alistair Darling is making a habit of taking an axe to the projects of his ministerial colleagues in media interviews, if this weekend's press is to be believed. Last week he forced health secretary Andy Burnham to give an emergency statement in the Commons by waxing confusedly lyrical on the Andrew Marr Show about how the NHS …
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Ballmer on banking crisis: No one is safe

Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer warned today that no company is safe from the financial crisis. We all knew that of course, but when an ego the size of Ballmer's decides to gulp you know we're really in trouble. Reuters reports that Ballmer told a news conference in Norway: "I think one has to anticipate that no company is …
John Oates, 30 Sep 2008
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Now let us praise the humble, jetless Google founders

Comment Casting around for an example of the simple life to use in an Arab-bashing column, veteran columnist and editor Alexander Chancellor alighted on what he must have thought was the perfect foil to the free-spending Saudis. It appeared right there in front of him, on his PC, nestling between some coloured balls. Unlike Prince …
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Nov 2007

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