Merkel’s economic chancellorship

Angela Merkel become the German chancellor in 2005. Merkel ran as the CDU/CSU candidate, the centre-right Conservative alliance in Germany. The CSU contests elections in only Bavaria, whereas the CDU operates in the other states of Germany. In the election campaign, the CDU/CSU pursued a fiscally conservative agenda, promising more deregulation, tax reductions and publicContinue reading “Merkel’s economic chancellorship”

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”

An energy crisis in Europe

Surging gas and electricity prices have hit much of Europe, including the UK. Since July 2020, gas prices have soared due to supply shocks, rendering a Winter energy crisis imminent. Such inflation in the energy sector greatly threatens the post-pandemic recovery, as consumers are faced with reduced disposable income. As a result, it is unsurprisingContinue reading “An energy crisis in Europe”

National Insurance Contributions

National Insurance was first introduced in 1911 by the Liberal government at the time. The first part of national insurance provided health insurance for employees, whereby both employees and employers contributed fixed amounts towards a health insurance fund. In turn, employees received free treatment for conditions such as tuberculosis. The second part of national insuranceContinue reading “National Insurance Contributions”

The poor state of the UK economy

The post-recession economic recovery in the UK has been far from great. The coronavirus outbreak hit the British economy harder than most, with GDP falling 12% in 2020 – the third largest contraction in the G20. GDP in six of the twenty G20 nations is now above pre-pandemic levels; at the same time, the UKContinue reading “The poor state of the UK economy”