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Philip Booth
30 November 2010
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Polly Toynbee has argued recently that the explicit pursuit of wellbeing by government would lead to policy choices that were diametrically opposed to those desired by Cameron and Osborne. In...
Kristian Niemietz
30 November 2010
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There are lies, damned lies, and, the saying goes, statistics. And then there are statistical claims made by Polly Toynbee. Toynbee embraces the government’s plan to publish figures on the...
Mark Littlewood
25 November 2010
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If you think there really is a big idea behind the Big Society, then you agree with the unlikely pairing of Jon Cruddas (Lab, Dagenham) and Jesse Norman (Con, Hereford). The latter’s new book...
Mark Littlewood
14 November 2010
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Iain Duncan Smith deserves credit for fully understanding the nature and scale of the welfare problem. But that’s the easy bit. Finding a solution with the right balance of carrot and stick...
Kristian Niemietz
12 November 2010
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Finally, with the release of the DWP White Paper, Iain Duncan Smith has let the cat out of the bag. In the future, jobseekers who reject a job offer, a short-term community work placement, or who...
Peter King
11 November 2010
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Iain Duncan Smith has suggested that his proposals to introduce a Universal Credit to replace many of the current welfare benefits are the most important reforms to welfare provision for 70...
Kristian Niemietz
9 November 2010
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Even if the debate about Housing Benefit has gone wrong in many ways, it is a good thing that it is being held at all, if only to raise awareness about the issue. The HB bill is running at about...
Peter King
8 November 2010
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Despite the comments yesterday from the Archbishop of Canterbury, the coalition’s decision to introduce a limited form of workfare into the UK benefits system is a huge step forward....
Kristian Niemietz
3 November 2010
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Foreign observers reading the British press may be forgiven if they expect death squads roaming the streets of London from next April on, expelling the capital’s poor. There has been no...
Kristian Niemietz
29 October 2010
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The welfare section of the Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) contains many elements which are “pragmatic” rather than strategic. This includes the temporary freezing of the Savings...
Peter King
28 October 2010
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After a slow start to the debate about the coalition’s reforms to Housing Benefit things seem to be hotting up somewhat. The government proposes capping payments to households at a...
Philip Booth
27 October 2010
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The rumoured proposals for a new state pension are straight from the Lib Dem handbook. Clearly, Steve Webb has been given complete control of this aspect of policy and all the old liberal and...
Finbarr Toesland
25 October 2010
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Trade unions in France have historically commanded a disproportionate level of power and influence over government policy. The percentage of workers in unions in 1960 was only 19.6%, and this...
Philip Booth
22 October 2010
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I must confess to being taken aback by the emphasis in popular comment about the impact of the CSR on the poor. I completely ignored the issue both in my comments on Jeff Randall’s show and in...
Mark Littlewood
22 October 2010
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The Institute for Fiscal Studies has done itself – and the wider public debate about the Comprehensive Spending Review – a considerable disservice over the last twenty four hours. In an...
Kristian Niemietz
11 October 2010
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The DWP is getting serious about the plans to merge a host of existing benefits into a Universal Credit (UC) with a single taper rate. There are two main aims. One is to simplify the system to...
Philip Booth
7 October 2010
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The UK does not have particularly high economic inactivity rates. Large numbers of women tend to work and worklessness amongst those approaching state retirement age is not as high in the UK as in...
Kristian Niemietz
7 October 2010
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Imagine the IEA issued a publication asserting that material hardship was no longer an issue in the developed world. The least well-off were enjoying such high levels of material comfort that we...
Kristian Niemietz
5 October 2010
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Yesterday, the coalition announced that Child Benefit (CB) will be scrapped for families where one member belongs to the higher-rate tax bracket. A sensible reform idea, even when the details are...
Christopher Snowdon
27 September 2010
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He didn’t mention the book by name. He didn’t need to. When Ed Miliband used his first speech as Labour leader to declare that “the gap between rich and poor doesn’t just...