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Anna Rowlands and Philip Booth
23 April 2014
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    Anna Rowlands: Philip Booth raises the question of a Catholic reflection on the role of the state, and whether the Cardinal’s comments place him in a position of personal opinion...
Philip Booth and Anna Rowlands
17 April 2014
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  Anna Rowlands: Ensuring that all citizens are protected from destitution and receive basic care and subsistence when in dire need has typically been seen as the core purpose of the welfare...
Kristian Niemietz
3 April 2014
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Most arguments in favour of a mandatory living wage, or a large hike in the National Minimum Wage (NMW), are playing to a left-wing gallery. There is the paleo-Keynesian argument that a higher NMW...
Christopher Snowdon
21 March 2014
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On Sunday, the Observer reported that ‘Inequality costs Britain £39bn a year’. This is based on the belief that ‘a more equal UK would experience less crime and imprisonment,...
Kristian Niemietz
26 February 2014
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41% – 3%. 27% – 0.7%. 48% – 27.8% Do these figures ring a bell? You have probably come across them in one form or another, because they form the backbone of the pro-dependency left...
Ryan Bourne
18 February 2014
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I’d just arrived in the office when the telephone rang. The enraged caller let rip in a ten-minute diatribe before threatening to put something disgusting through my letter box. For similar...
Kristian Niemietz
24 January 2014
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Over the past few months, in a series of articles, Independent columnist Owen Jones has outlined a socialist response to the cost-of-living crisis - ‘bread-and-butter socialism’, as he...
Steve Davies
21 January 2014
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Yesterday saw the government announce the latest in a line of restrictions on the benefits immigrants can claim. New jobless EU migrants will be denied access to Housing Benefit from April, and will...
Gabriel Sahlgren
8 January 2014
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The past decades have been a remarkable success story in terms of the trajectory of our well-being in old age. We live longer and our health has improved, which of course should be causes for...
Kristian Niemietz
14 November 2013
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Poverty campaign groups in the UK are heavily fixated on increasing welfare transfers and expanding social services. To organisations like the Child Poverty Action Group and Oxfam, tackling poverty...
Kristian Niemietz
2 October 2013
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Both Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith and Chancellor George Osborne have announced that some sort of ‘workfare’ programme will soon become a reality in the UK, albeit with...
Philip Booth
30 August 2013
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  If Catholic campaigners, charities and politicians were to read the signs of the times in Britain before coming up with their continual stream of commentary on welfare, what would those signs...
Kristian Niemietz
18 July 2013
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As economists, we are used to looking at summary indicators of living standards – income, expenditure, consumption etc. – and comparing them over time. Such measures are indispensable for...
Kristian Niemietz
25 June 2013
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Contributory welfare has become the latest fad in Westminster village. Labour politicians are in favour of it, Conservative politicians are in favour of it, think tanks are in favour of it, and they...
Philip Booth
10 June 2013
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Whenever the left wish to make an argument for their favourite form of government intervention they always use – normally dressed up in more comprehensible language – some form of...
Kristian Niemietz
8 June 2013
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In his speech in east London yesterday, Ed Miliband hoped to reframe the debate by outlining a distinctively Labour approach to welfare policy. Distinctive perhaps but, from a policy perspective it...
Kristian Niemietz
6 June 2013
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Apparently, the Labour Party is performing a U-turn on universal benefits, or at least on the Winter Fuel Payment. So far, the principle of universality has been seen as sacrosanct. Now, a removal...
Kristian Niemietz
29 May 2013
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After Baroness Thatcher’s death, when a renewed debate about her legacy had erupted, one particular publication format was suddenly all over the place: the ‘myth-buster’. Five...
Kristian Niemietz
28 May 2013
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Apart from George Osborne, nobody really seems to like the Help to Buy scheme, the programme under which the government acts as a guarantor for high loan-to-value mortgages. Among the latest to...
Kristian Niemietz
22 May 2013
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The protest placard he held up during Baroness Thatcher’s funeral procession made Dave Winslow a minor celebrity for a day. It showed a gravestone with the inscription ‘Rest of us in...