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Philip Booth
11 February 2013
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The ‘problem’ of better off people having to sell their homes to go into a care home has been around for two decades. Arguably, the issue raised its head when the Conservative...
Kristian Niemietz
4 February 2013
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Even in its current shackled and constrained form, modern capitalism still has a lot to show for it. One of the greatest developments of the last two decades has to be the extension of air travel...
Kristian Niemietz
28 January 2013
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When New Labour came to power, one in five children lived in a household with no adult in work, so it was not unreasonable that parental work levels became a priority for the new government. A key...
Philip Booth
16 January 2013
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Earlier this week, the government announced a new pension reform which would involve the creation of a flat-rate state pension at around the minimum level of income deemed necessary to support a...
Kristian Niemietz
15 January 2013
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Econometric literature is notorious for its inconclusiveness. Even for seemingly straightforward issues such as the impact of minimum wage laws, you can always find econometric papers on both...
Kristian Niemietz
8 January 2013
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Anyone who has ever read half a page in a Public Choice textbook will, if nothing else, at least have taken the following insight on board: if the benefits of a policy are tangible and concentrated...
Philip Booth
7 January 2013
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  In a number of newspapers today, I am quoted accusing the government of ‘family bashing’ with reference to its decision to remove child benefit from higher-earning recipients....
Steve Davies
4 January 2013
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The sight of politicians being forced to make tough decisions and frantically trying to do so in a way that upsets nobody would be grimly entertaining if the consequences were not so frequently...
Philip Booth
3 January 2013
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If the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) were to issue a press release this holiday period, which of the following do you think would be the most likely headline? CPAG claims that the...
Kristian Niemietz
22 December 2012
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When I began working on poverty issues, I had the naïve idea that a child poverty activist was somebody who raised money to help poor children. That was not entirely wrong; there are a few...
John Blundell
6 September 2012
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Up until prohibition, Guatemala, China, and Russia were the last three remaining countries with a well-developed legal market in international adoptions. All other nations that had once allowed...
Kristian Niemietz
8 August 2012
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When the ONS released its national happiness survey, critics complained that its results were trivial. But looking at how interest in the debate on happiness research has ebbed since then, I would...
Kristian Niemietz
2 July 2012
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Everyone remembers this situation from their student days: You are in an oral exam. Until just now, you felt reasonably well prepared. But now you realise that all the questions are about those sub...
Chris Snowdon
28 June 2012
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If he maintains this Stakhanovite work-rate, Dominic Sandbrook will have written the definitive, 8,000-page history of Britain’s post-Churchillian twentieth century by the time he is 44 years...
Kristian Niemietz
27 June 2012
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The previous government made the mistake of trying to reduce poverty without paying attention to the supply side factors driving up the basic cost of living. It churned out billions in tax credits...
Kristian Niemietz
14 June 2012
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With many ifs and buts, Iain Duncan Smith’s welfare reforms are broadly moving in the right direction. Rather than just increasing government handouts year after year, it now looks as if...
Kristian Niemietz
30 January 2012
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Once again, Britain is about to become the Bangladesh of Europe. At least this is the impression one could gather from listening to the poverty lobby and the wider anti-cuts front, including...
Tim Leunig
27 January 2012
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The government’s proposed £26,000 cap on benefits for those out of work applies irrespective of circumstances and the family’s history. It will hit two groups: those with very...
Kristian Niemietz
17 January 2012
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With a clear majority, the House of Lords has voted against the proposed changes to Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), the successor of Incapacity Benefit. The opponents of the changes, inside...
Richard Wellings
11 January 2012
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Housing minister Grant Shapps recently announced plans to make the unauthorised subletting of social housing a criminal offence, with offenders facing up to two years in prison. The...