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What will happen to next year’s NMW?

09 Jan 2014, by in Economics

The NMW has been hitting the headlines. As the recovery picks up, with further improvements forecast for next year, there finally appears to be at least some agreement across the political spectrum that change is needed if working people are to secure a fairer share of the rewards of growth. Recent discussion was sparked of by…

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Is the state pension age really going up?

05 Dec 2013, by in Economics

The state pension age is set to rise. In the 2011 Autumn Statement the Chancellor announced that the Government intended to bring forward a previously announced increase in the State Pension age to 67, which would be phased in between 2026 and 2028. The DWP’s timetable for these changes can be found here. Today’s headlines suggested…

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Young people short changed from the Autumn Statement

05 Dec 2013, by in Economics

Youth unemployment remains close to 1 million, and the government’s existing schemes are proving not to work. In particular, the Youth Contract has failed to deliver anywhere near the number of subsidised job places that were promised. So today was a chance for the Chancellor to announce that it was time for young people to…

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Will the cost of living squeeze ever end?

15 Nov 2013, by in Economics

This week’s labour market data made clear that the cost of living squeeze continues. Average earnings are still rising well below the rate of inflation, involuntary part-time work is at an all time high and many workers in temporary jobs would prefer full-time work. Across much of the public sector pay is still frozen or…

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Where next for the UK labour market?

14 Nov 2013, by in Economics

The Bank of England’s confirmation that a strengthening recovery is finally with us has rightly received an accross the board welcome. But the Governor’s assessment that real wages are still failing to increase, and that the recovery will not be secured until real pay growth is positive, is as important. It also points to the…

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Can a benefit cap ever be progressive?

07 Jun 2013, by in Society & Welfare

There was a lot to praise in Ed Miliband’s recent speech on social security. A committment to tackling long-term unemployment and worklessness through Job Guarantees and a clear indication that a reinvigoration of the contributory principle is on the table are welcome developments. The speech also showed a strong understanding that addressing the low pay and insecure work that characterise…

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Is the benefit cap encouraging people into work?

12 Apr 2013, by in Society & Welfare

Is the benefit cap encouraging people into work? ‘Officials’ at the DWP think so, having told the Press Association on Friday afternoon that as a result of the impending cap 8,000 people have found jobs while others have moved to cheaper properties. The Secretary of State agrees and is glad that ‘…even before the cap comes in…

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