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Treasury tax breakdowns: misleading propaganda is a poor basis for debate

03 Nov 2014, by in Society & Welfare

Today’s press stories around the Treasury’s income tax breakdowns make the political purpose of these statements clear: ‘How the biggest chunk of your hard-earned tax goes on welfare’ reports the Daily Mail. ‘Families will be sent letters by the Government showing that a quarter of their taxes are spent on Britain’s welfare budget’ states the Telegraph.

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Fair pay matters, but so do tax credits

19 Feb 2014, by in Society & Welfare

With today’s labour market statistics showing that inflation is still rising around twice as fast as average weekly earnings the UK’s household budgets remain tightly squeezed. While stronger pay growth should start to emerge in the months ahead, the real pay gap that has opened up looks set to take years to close. But although…

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Have 200,000 disability claims been ‘thrown out’?

12 Feb 2014, by in Society & Welfare

Today’s Sun proclaims that “200,000 disability claims have been thrown out”, along with what appears to be an exclusive quote from Mike Penning MP, Minister for Disabled People. The story seems to come from this DWP statistical release on Personal Independence Payment Management Information. It shows that by December 220,300 standard PIP claims had been made,…

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Are children being affected by the benefit cap?

06 Feb 2014, by in Society & Welfare

Reading DWP’s press release on their latest benefit cap statistics, you could be forgiven for thinking that this is not a policy which is hitting family incomes. The statement informs readers that: over 1,200 single people without children were capped. Given that the vast majority of people whose housing benefit and tax credit entitlements subject…

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What has the Chancellor announced on the minimum wage?

16 Jan 2014, by in Economics

The Chancellor’s announcement on the minimum wage at 5pm this evening has already been spun as a committment to a £7 an hour minimum. But importantly this is not what has been announced. As I have previously written, the Conservative Party’s recognition of the importance of the NMW, and specifically the Chancellor’s statement today that…

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