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• 30 NOV 2011

By Adrian Lowery | This is Money, Daily Mail

George Osborne admitted today that a drastically reduced growth outlook for the UK economy has left his plan to eliminate the Government's budget deficit by 2015 in tatters.

Delivering his Autumn Statement to a lively House of Commons, the Chancellor was forced into a significant revision to his much-vaunted 'Plan A' deficit reduction plan, with borrowing set to be £112billion more over the next four years than his Budget estimate.

New forecasts from the Office for Budget Responsibility show just 0.9 per cent growth this year, compared to 1.7 per cent predicted in March, and a drastically downgraded 0.7 per cent growth for next year, for which the OBR had forecast 2.5 per cent in March.

With growth in following years also coming in lower than was forecast in March, that means tax revenues will be lower and benefits spending higher, ruining the Chancellor's plans for a zero deficit by 2015.

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See also:
UK body warns of risk of EU defaults (Irish Times)
Crippled Britain: Country grinds to a halt as millions go in strike (Daily Express)
David Cameron labels strikes 'damp squib' (The Inependent)
The £250m in green tax breaks to protect British business from EU environmental rules
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• 30 NOV 2011

UKIP

UKIP Leader Nigel Farage welcomed George Osborne's autumn statement but warned there was still much more to be done to rescue the ailing economy.

Nigel Farage MEP, UKIP Leader, responded to the Chancellor's Autumn Statement this afternoon:

"There are good things in this statement, and some honesty, but the Chancellor is kidding himself if he thinks he has got close to dealing with the problems that beset this country.

"The government's program to help small business is to be welcomed, but could be improved upon. It should end Employers' National Insurance, which is little more than a tax on jobs, across the lifetime of this parliament to get more people into work.

"But no matter how he cuts it, you cannot cut the deficit without cutting spending. He intends to continue the coalition’s suicidal energy policy subsidies. He accepts without apology his intention to borrow, on average more than £100 billion per annum, until 2015.
 
"He intends to increase the international aid budget and of course he leaves unanswered questions about the UK's liabilities to the EU direct, and indirectly through the IMF, when it comes to the eurozone bailouts.
 
"The Chancellor could have done much more to get this country's economy back on track."
 
READ MORE: Statement to face EC scrutiny

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Nov
29
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• 29 NOV 2011

UK Visa Bureau

The UK's coalition government appears to be failing to meet their pledge to reduce net migration into Britain to "tens of thousands", as new UK immigration figures reveals migration to Britain in the 12 months to March 2011 is the highest on record

The research, conducted by the Office for National Statistics, shows that although net UK immigration fell slightly, there was also a fall in emigration, with the number of Britons departing the UK to live overseas at its lowest level in 13 years.
 
Figures also indicate a fall in the number of illegal entrants and failed asylum seekers who either leave voluntarily or are deported. The number was down by 13% in the third quarter of 2011 compared to the same period last year. At the same time, applications for asylum increased to the highest level in two years.
 
The Home Office has claimed it is too early to see the true impact of measures designed to cut migration to the UK and that more recent UK visa figures indicate the trend is beginning to reverse. However, the freedom of movement for citizens within the European Union is beyond the government’s ability to influence, causing a headache for ministers seeking to honour the pledge to drastically reduce the number of incoming migrants.
 
While Immigration Minister Damian Green claims the net migration figures are “encouraging”, the minister chose not to comment specifically on the overall increase. Speaking for the UK Independence Party, Gerard Batten MEP said: “The Government has to own up. It hasn't a clue how to deal with the problem, and it has to be honest that whilst our migration and asylum rules are set in Brussels it will never have the power to control it."
 
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28
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• 28 NOV 2011

Daily Star

THE UK Independence Party got their best ever results in the Daily Star Sunday/Survation poll.

It found 11% of voters would choose UKIP if there was an election tomorrow – just 1% behind the Lib Dems.

UKIP chairman Nigel Farage last night welcomed the figures – but cautioned more long-term gains were needed before he started celebrating.

“I’m absolutely delighted with such solid progress. However, one swallow does not make a summer,” he said.

Labour led our poll on 34%, ahead of the Tories on 32.

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See also:
Survation, UKIP and prompting minor parties (UK Polling Report)
Angus Reid poll: UKIP at 7%, LibDems at 8% (Angus Reid)
Yougov/The Sun Poll: UKIP at 8%, LibDems 9% (YouGov PDF)
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• 28 NOV 2011

By Peter Hoskin | The Spectator Blog

A quick post just to add the Guardian's interview with David Cameron to your Saturday reading list. It takes the unusual approach of fielding questions to the PM from a range of ‘public figures’ — and, although many of those questions reduce down to ‘why aren't you giving more money to X?’, the results are still generally engaging and occasionally insightful.
 
And so we learn, after an enquiry by The Spectator's own Toby Young, that Cameron doesn't keep a diary. And we also have the PM justifiying his stance on Europe to Nigel Farage; skipping over a question about what he may or may not have inhaled during his time at Eton; claiming that ‘not everything [Gordon Brown] did was wrong’; and more besides.
 
One question and answer stand out, at least so far as the current functioning of the coalition is concerned:

Norman Lamont: ‘If there were no coalition and you were governing as a Conservative prime minister alone, what three things would you most like to have done that you have not been able to do in coalition?’

David Cameron: ‘Further action on welfare reform. Perhaps the control of immigration. But I don't buy the argument that because it's a coalition it's an inactive government. It's a pretty rolled-up sleeves reforming government. [Guardian: And the third?] I thought two was enough.’

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David Cameron, we have a few questions for you… (The Guardian)

Nigel Farage, leader of the Ukip party

Why do you refuse to give the British people a referendum on the EU, despite your earlier cast-iron guarantee?

[Cameron:] "I made a policy of having a referendum on the Lisbon treaty, and if the Lisbon treaty had been still extant at the time of government, we would have had a referendum on the Lisbon treaty. I don't believe Britain should leave the European Union, but I do believe there are powers we can retrieve from Europe to have a better balance."

[And yet, the Lisbon treaty IS still extant...]

[We did sense Dave was up to something back in June 2009: Video - Dave speaks Eurosceptic Eurospeak]
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25
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• 25 NOV 2011

If UKIP's rise continues apace, Cleggmania could be made to look like a non-event compared to Farage Fever, 2015

By Michael Heaver | The Commentator

While most of the media focuses on the headline Coalition/Labour battleground, something quite extraordinary is happening. UKIP is gaining momentum and is more popular than ever before outside of the European Election cycle.
 
Now, a cynic may simply argue that since I am a UKIP supporter, I would say this. But the proof of the pudding is in the eating: YouGov's daily polls since the General Election last year have shown a consistent trend among "others".
 
The BNP are down to around one percent; the Greens are fixed on around three percent. UKIP meanwhile has gone from polling between four and five percent to regularly hitting seven percent and now eight percent. This is not a "plague on all your houses" surge as many predicted after the expenses scandal. This is a UKIP surge and a UKIP surge alone.
 
According to the latest YouGov poll, some 11 percent of 2010 Tory voters now intend to switch to UKIP. And that's only since last year. A smattering of highly credible 2010 Tory candidates such as Janice Atkinson-Small and Andrew Charalambous have switched sides as has Lord Hesketh, former Tory Treasurer and perhaps the biggest defection to UKIP in the young Party's history.
 
But we shouldn't view this growth as purely reliant on disgruntled Conservatives. Six percent of 2010 LibDem voters in this latest poll are now switching to UKIP.

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25
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• 25 NOV 2011

By Garry White | The Telegraph

Andrew Bailey, deputy head of the Prudential Business Unit at the Financial Services Authority (FSA), noted that British banks are not heavily exposed to the eurozone, but said they must prepare for some countries to exit the single currency – or a complete break up.
 
"We cannot be, and are not, complacent on this front," Mr Bailey said. "As you would expect, as supervisors we are very keen to see the banks plan for any disorderly consequence of the euro area crisis.
 
"Good risk management means planning for unlikely but severe scenarios and this means that we must not ignore the prospect of a disorderly departure of some countries from the eurozone.
 
"I offer no view on whether it will happen, but it must be within the realm of contingency planning," he added. Failure to plan for the exit of a country from the euro would be "unsound risk management", Mr Bailey said.
 
Formerly a chief cashier at the bank of England, Mr Bailey will be deputy head of the new Prudential Regulation Authority which will be a subsidiary of the central bank.
 
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24
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• 24 NOV 2011

By Emily Fox | Daily Express

IMMIGRATION has hit a record high, new figures released today reveal.

Net migration hit a record 252,000, according the the Office of National statistics, despite pledges by the Tory government to reduce the amount of migrants entering the country.

The ONS said fewer people were leaving the country from the UK for work-related reasons.

Provisional figures for the 12 months to March 2011 show 174,000 left due to work - the lowest figure for five years.
 
The main reason for immigration into the UK continued to be to study - which rose from 211,000 in 2009 to 238,000 last year.

Immigration Minister Damian Green insisted that the Government remained committed to reducing net migration to the "tens of thousands" during the course of the current parliament.

He said that after peaking in September last year, the numbers had started to come down.

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UK Independence Party home affairs spokesman Gerard Batten MEP said: "Vague promises made to control non-EU migration are shown by these official figures to be a total fantasy.

"The Government has to own up. It hasn't a clue how to deal with the problem, and it has to be honest that whilst our migration and asylum rules are set in Brussels it will never have the power to control it."

Last year's record high compares with total net migration of 198,000 in 2009.

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