Are the coalition being a little unfair in the way they uprate student loans?

After all, George Osborne made a big play of how it was right to adjust all benefits by the Consumer Price Index rather than the Retail Price Index. Read more

Welcome to a new, occasional series running up to the Autumn spending review. We’re planning for the “Cut Of The Day” to be as arbitrary, brutish and irregular as the whims of the Treasury axemen. So you may see a few examples on a single day, or none at all.

The basic premise is to lay out the case for and against various measures. We’ll try to pull together some greatest hits before the Spending review. So please do let us know if you think the options are too damaging, cruel or indeed unnecessarily merciful. Read more