Issue date
30 Jun 2015

On 8th July the government will present a new Budget to the House of Commons, setting out further detail on the scale of public service and social security spending cuts it is planning over the years ahead.  But how should those who want to respond to the government’s programme best make their case? This event provided a chance to hear expert economic analysis and debated the implications of the election for a progressive response.   

James Morris of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research presented results from a post-election poll commissioned by the TUC. The research gave particular consideration to voters' trust in different parties, and to opinions on the economic policies that were set out during the election campaign.  

The event closed with a panel debate looking at the economic context and government’s likely policy approach, considering the implications for those responding to it. Speakers included:

  • Carl Emmerson, Deputy Director, IFS

  • Heather Stewart, Economics Editor, The Observer

  • Geoff Tily, Senior Macroeconomist, TUC

  • Matthew Whittaker, Chief Economist, Resolution Foundation

​​For a summary of the event. visit TUC Economics' Storify: https://storify.com/TUCeconomics/how-should-progressives-respond-to-the-budget​