Autumn Statement 2016: Predictions and Perspectives

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“I would be very surprised if there are not one or two headline proposals to those on lower incomes given the very public position the Prime Minister is taking on developing society in ways all can benefit from. With rising wealth inequality this rightly should remain a key issue for this Government, even with its attention somewhat deflected on Brexit. However, the Chancellor’s statements at the weekend suggest this will not be a generous giveaway.” – Professor Andy Lymer


As Philip Hammond sets out his first statement as Chancellor of the Conservative Government, University of Birmingham experts examine the options from an academic perspective looking at a variey of topics from taxation, economic growth to food inflation, and health and social care.

How will the roads and transport be affected?

Dr Pat Hanlon, Senior lecturer in Transport Economics

What of the Price of Fish… and more importantly fish fingers?

Dr Pamela Robinson, Department of Strategy and International Business, Birmingham Business School

Taking a look at taxation

Professor Andy Lymer, Professor of Accounting and Taxation, Birmingham Business School

How might the autumn statement help families 'just about managing'?

Professor Karen Rowlingson, Deputy Director of the Centre on Household Assets and Savings Management (CHASM), Department of Social Policy and Social Work

Mayflation, Hammflation or Trumpflation?

Professor John Bryson, City-Region Economic Development Institute, Birmingham Business School

The NHS, health and social Care

Professor Judith Smith, Director of Health Services Management Centre

Taking a look at high value manufacturing

Professor Nick Green, Director of the Casting Partnership with Rolls-Royce, School of Metallurgy and Materials

The effect of policy decisions on women

Dr Scott Taylor, Department of Entrepreneurship & Local Economy