The Big Picture | UK Budget in Focus

The Big Picture | UK Budget in Focus

With the United Kingdom entering the final stretch of Brexit negotiations, and consumer confidence levels stubbornly low, Chancellor Philip Hammond’s UK Autumn Budget Statement on the 29th October will have far reaching consequences for the UK. As the last major fiscal announcement before Britain’s withdrawal from the EU, the budget will be closely watched and is already being talked about as a make or break moment for Prime Minister Theresa May.

Join our panel of experts as we discuss the political and economic fallout from the Budget, including the impact of the budget on households, businesses and the UK’s post-Brexit transition.

Speakers include:

  • Alison Steed, Financial Journalist and OFX Contributor and Writer
  • Sebastian Payne, Political Lead Writer, Financial Times
  • Gemma Tetlow, Chief Economist, Institute for Government
  • Andy Silvester, Head of PR, The Sun


Aus-UK Chamber Members – £10

Guests & Non-Members – £25


Alison Steed, Financial Journalist and OFX Contributor and Writer

Alison is a leading personal finance journalist and broadcaster, having worked on The Daily Telegraph’s personal finance desk and in the City office for nearly seven years from 2000 to late 2006, becoming the deputy personal finance editor in 2004.

She has written for most national papers, including The Times, The Sunday Times, The Daily and Sunday Telegraph, the Daily and Sunday Express and The Sun. She has also made a number of appearances on TV and radio, including numerous appearances on Sky News, the Jeremy Vine Show on BBC Radio 2, Channel 4 News and various local and national radio stations, and was the financial journalist behind the hit Channel 4 personal finance show Superscrimpers for the first five series.

She is a multi-award winning writer, having won eight journalism awards, including Personal Finance Journalist of the Year from the Association of British Insurers four times in a row, which was a record at the time.


Sebastian Payne, Political Lead Writer, Financial Times

Sebastian Payne is political leader writer and a member of the editorial board at the Financial Times. In this role he writes political commentary on British politics, policy and Brexit. He is also an editor on the opinion desk. He presents the FT Politics podcast and appears regularly on the BBC and Sky News. He was previously an editor at The Spectator magazine and a reporter at The Daily Telegraph.

In 2014, Sebastian was the 35th Lawrence Stern fellow at the Washington Post, reporting the U.S. midterm elections. He graduated from Durham University with a BSc in Computer Science and an MA in Investigative Journalism from City University London.

Gemma Tetlow, Chief Economist, Institute for Government

Gemma Tetlow is Chief Economist at the Institute for Government, working across the Institute’s programme areas. She joined the organisation in April 2018.

Between 2016 and 2018, Gemma was Economics Correspondent at the Financial Times, reporting on and analysing economic developments in the UK and globally. Prior to that, Gemma spent 11 years at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, leading the organisation’s work on public finances and pensions. Gemma has a PhD in economics from University College London and an MSc and BSc in Economics from the University of Warwick.


Andy Silvester, Head of PR, The Sun

Andy Silvester is Head of PR at The Sun and regularly writes the paper’s editorial column The Sun Says. He is the former Deputy Director of Policy at the Institute of Directors and Campaign Director at the TaxPayers’ Alliance.

Well-connected in Westminster, he has been chosen as one of PR Week’s 30 under 30 and has appeared on the same magazine’s industry influence list, The Power Book, several times. He studied American history and politics at King’s College London and the University of California, Berkeley.


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