Britain’s Latest Budget: More to Do? From Universal Credit to Healthcare to Investment

UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond delivers the Budget statement to the House of Commons, November 22, 2017

University of Birmingham academics Karen Rowlingson Simon Collinson, and Judith Smith offer responses to Wednesday’s Budget statement by UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond

“Good News for Claimants But Doesn’t Touch Major Issues”

Karen Rowlingson discusses the Government’s announcements to ease the waiting period and speed up provision of Universal Credit to low-income families:

“Positive Investments”

Simon Collinson praises measures to stimulate national investment in housing, in the construction industry, and in research and development of technologies — but is disappointed in a lack of support for regions:

“Worrying and Uncertain Future” for Healthcare

And a short, sharp evaluation from Dr Judith Smith:

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Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.


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