Jonathan Werran 12 March 2020

Leaving nothing to chance

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Even without the coronavirus situation, this would have been one of the most remarkable Budgets in post-war history on the basis of its immediate political context as well as era-defining content.

Paradoxically, it is also a Budget that leaves precious little to political chance. Much of what was outlined in the course of the chancellor’s ‘get it done’ spiel has been parked to July’s Spending Review and a fair bit of contentious tax-raising has been quietly parked for at least a year.

Certainly, there’s nothing at first glance as potentially foot-shooting as paying extra for heating pasties.

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Sharpening the commercial edge

The case for well-managed council commercial activity is one that needs to be defended if we want a mature and sustainable local state, argues Jonathan Werran.
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