Many businesses are rightly worried about the soaring cost of energy and the likely delay before they will be able to access the rescue package being put together by the government. Unfortunately, there are good reasons why they will have to be patient. The new ‘Energy Price Guarantee’ will cap the unit price of energy … Continue reading Businesses must not be given a blank cheque for energy bills
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Would more tax cuts be inflationary?
One of the central arguments of Rishi Sunak’s campaign to become the next Prime Minister is that it would be irresponsible to cut taxes further until inflation is under control. Of course, there are risks here, but my view is that they are worth taking. For a start, it is not clear that tax cuts … Continue reading Would more tax cuts be inflationary?
Weak consumer confidence doesn’t necessarily signal recession
If you believe the media coverage of the latest consumer confidence surveys, household spending is set to collapse under the weight of the cost of living crisis, dragging the UK economy into a deep recession. But how reliable are these signals? As always, it is worth digging past the headlines. The GfK measure of consumer … Continue reading Weak consumer confidence doesn’t necessarily signal recession
New energy rebates would mean ‘pay less now, but more later’
The energy regulator Ofgem is about to announce what is likely to be a very large increase in the cap on domestic gas and electricity bills, to take effect from April, prompting a scramble for ways to limit the damage. The Times is reporting that officials are finalising plans to limit the damage for a … Continue reading New energy rebates would mean ‘pay less now, but more later’