Evaluating the Autumn Budget

Rishi Sunak, chancellor of the Exchequer, has just announced the government’s fiscal plans for the coming year. Gifted with more optimistic economic forecasts compared to those produced by the IFS in March, Sunak was given more flexibility in his fiscal agenda with room for tax cuts or spending increases. The chancellor opted for a combinationContinue reading “Evaluating the Autumn Budget”

Germany’s healthcare system

Germany has a multi-payer health insurance system, initially established in 1883 under Otto Van-Bismarck. It ensures universal coverage as all citizens are required by law to purchase health insurance. This applies to foreign students, workers, researchers and even refugees, with each group unable to enter Germany unless they are insured. The German healthcare system differsContinue reading “Germany’s healthcare system”

A cut to Universal Credit

At the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the government introduced a temporary £20 uplift to Universal Credit. It was announced to help claimants through the economic disruption that the pandemic brought with the Universal Credit recipients doubling between March 2020 and January 2021 from three to six million. However, on October 6, the temporary upliftContinue reading “A cut to Universal Credit”