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Richard Wellings
12 March 2009
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Benefit rates are set to rise substantially next month. State pensions will rise by 5%, while means-tested payments, such as Jobseeker’s Allowance, will rise by 6.3%. The new rates, based on...
Kristian Niemietz
28 January 2009
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Once the current recession is finally over, poverty researchers might well find themselves confronted with a puzzle. For it is entirely possible that the downturn will actually help the government...
Terry Arthur
27 January 2009
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So Alan Milburn is back, allegedly to deal with ‘social mobility’, no less. Here we have yet another example of the government’s parallel universe (see here). Aided and abetted by...
Kristian Niemietz
20 January 2009
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In a recent IEA discussion paper, Nick Silver argues that official figures display less than a fifth of the UK’s actual public debt. This is because pension entitlements constitute debt in all...
Kristian Niemietz
16 January 2009
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There is a country in Europe where it is estimated that 20% of households have to live on less than half the average income. Among the working population, the bottom 30% receives just 7% of total...
Nick Silver
12 January 2009
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I argued in a previous blog article that an ageing population is not necessarily problematic provided pay-as-you-go (PAYG) pension systems are scaled back. However, there is always an...
Philip Booth
23 December 2008
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This week we have had two news reports – one an individual case and the other based on thorough research. The individual case shows a woman losing thousands of pounds in benefits as a...
Peter King
17 December 2008
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The government would have us believe that one way to help households struggling to gain access to the housing market is to build more social housing. This will also have the benefit, our Keynesian...
Nick Silver
12 December 2008
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By continually blocking reforms to public sector pension schemes, the leaders of the public sector unions may be dooming their members to an old age spent in penury. In his excellent monograph, Sir...
Nick Silver
5 December 2008
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There is a general perception that the ageing population of developed countries will lead to some kind of crisis or demographic “time bomb”. The new IEA monograph Pension Provision:...
Kristian Niemietz
3 December 2008
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Twenty-nine per cent of English homes are not ‘decent’ places to live, according to the latest edition of the English House Condition Survey. They fail to meet the ‘decent homes...
Kristian Niemietz
27 November 2008
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I have written on this blog about some of the logical flaws associated with ‘relative poverty’, arguing that even if we were to accept the premise that poverty was a relative concept, it...
Richard Wellings
21 November 2008
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Yesterday it was announced that the Greater London Authority (GLA) is to create 50,000 ‘affordable’ homes. But do such schemes actually increase the affordability of housing? When developers are...
Philip Booth
18 November 2008
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Without wishing to trivialise the former, there are eerie similarities between the tragic case of Baby P and the failure of Northern Rock. In the banking sector, the FSA, which has virtually...
Kristian Niemietz
13 November 2008
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On Monday this week, the New Policy Institute released a report called Monitoring Poverty and Social Exclusion in Scotland 2008, which appears to have encouraging findings. According to the report,...
Philip Booth
3 November 2008
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Today, in a response to a report suggesting that social mobility was improving, Chris Grayling, the Conservative Shadow Welfare minister said: “The truth is that Britain today is a country...
Richard Wellings
3 November 2008
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According to official figures, almost two million people are now unemployed in the UK. That number is rising rapidly as the economy shrinks. This means extra expenditure on welfare benefits, putting...
Kristian Niemietz
27 October 2008
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A new report by the OECD, Growing Unequal? Income Distribution and Poverty in OECD Countries, warns: “Poverty is rising in OECD countries. Over the past 20 years, it has risen from 9.3% to 10....
Kristian Niemietz
21 October 2008
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Today, the government of Argentina will announce the annulment of the country’s private pension system introduced in 1994. The savings funds of 12 million workers will be nationalised. With...