How should progressives respond to the Budget?

tuc eventOn 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 challenge the government’s programme best make their case? This event will provide a chance to hear expert economic analysis and to debate and discuss the implications of the election for a progressive response.   

The event will open promptly at 3pm (tea and coffee will be served from 2.30pm) with a speech from TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady, setting out the TUC’s views on the economic challenges in the parliament ahead.

James Morris of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research will then present 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 will close with a panel debate looking at the economic context and government’s likely policy approach, considering the implications for those responding to it. Speakers will include:

  • Carl Emmerson, Deputy Director, IFS 
  • Heather Stewart, Economics Editor, The Observer
  • Geoff Tily, Senior Macroeconomist, TUC​​
  • Matthew Whittaker, Chief Economist, Resolution Foundation

The event will close at 5pm with an informal drinks reception at Congress House.

To register for the event, visit 

Contact for further information:

Silkie Cragg:, 020 7467 1258

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