Uncertainty over Brexit vote hurting UK economy, says IMF

The International Monetary Fund says that Britain’s vote to leave the EU is already damaging the UK despite a strong recovery in the world economy, and warned that losses in tax revenues could exceed any gains from ceasing net contributions to Brussels, according to report by Financial Times (FT). The fund’s annual health check of […]

May urges EU leaders to move on with Brexit talks

Theresa May, British Prime Minister

Theresa May, British Prime Minister, will urge European Union leaders to approve an agreement to move Brexit talks on to a second phase on Thursday, describing it as a fair deal that offers a good base for a discussion of future ties. According to report by Reuters, at the beginning of a dinner in Brussels, 24 […]

Sterling climbs as UK inflation hits 6-year high

British Pound, Fixed Income, Pound

Sterling climbed and British bond futures dipped on Tuesday after data showed UK inflation unexpectedly hit its highest level in nearly six years in November, putting pressure on the Bank of England to raise interest rates again next year. Consumer price inflation hit an annual rate of 3.1 percent in November above economists’ average expectations […]

UK banks have 2m customers stuck in permanent overdraft

More than 2 million people in the UK are stuck with permanent overdrafts, with many trapped in a “vicious cycle” of borrowing, according to a debt charity. StepChange said it had also uncovered evidence of unaffordable lending in the overdraft market, and cases, where banks had failed to offer customers a, means to deal with […]

UK state pensions ranked the worst in the developed world

The British state pension is now worst in the developed world as it has fallen below Mexico and Chile, data shows. An average worker entering the UK workforce today can expect to receive less than a third (29 per cent) of their final working salary as a basic pension income after tax, according to a […]

U.K. predicts worse growth, earmarks cash for hard Brexit

Prime Minister Theresa May’s under-fire government acknowledged the U.K. economic outlook is deteriorating as it set aside an extra 3 billion pounds ($4 billion) to prepare for all possible Brexit outcomes. Opening his Budget speech in Parliament on Wednesday, Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond said the Office for Budget Responsibility now sees 2018 economic […]

Skills shortage tightens around UK construction sector

Britain’s shortage of surveyors, bricklayers and other construction workers is holding back building work just at the time when the country needs more houses and infrastructure. Almost two-thirds of surveyors said a lack of skilled workers is a key factor limiting building activity, according to the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. The skills shortage has […]