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The Benefit Cap: is it worthwhile?

15 Dec 2014, by in Society & Welfare

The Department for Work and Pensions has just published their evaluation of the impact of the Benefit Cap in its first year. The Cap is a limit to the maximum amount of working age benefits a family can receive – for families with children, £500 a week (*). How has the policy fared? The government…

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Saving Our Safety Net Fact of the Week: Jobseekeer’s Allowance costs 0.3% of GDP

05 Dec 2014, by in Society & Welfare

Why does George Osborne emphasise the government’s benefit cuts? As The Economist noted after the Conservative Party conference, even when his cuts are a comparatively small element of his plans, he still talks them up. Mr Osborne is a notoriously ‘political’ Chancellor, and he knows that polls repeatedly show that benefit cuts are popular. That’s…

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Saving Our Safety Net Fact of the Week: councils’ housing services cut by a third

28 Nov 2014, by in Society & Welfare

Last week’s National Audit Office report on The Impact of Funding Reductions on Local Authorities is a depressing read. Vital services including housing and adult social care have been badly cut, but local authorities have tried to shelter the most vulnerable people from the full scale of the cuts, especially children’s care services. Shire and…

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Saving Our Safety Net Fact of the Week: Worklessness is about unemployment, not character

07 Nov 2014, by in Society & Welfare

Yesterday the Office for National Statistics published a regional breakdown of the latest data for workless working age households. For data geeks like me there’s plenty of lovely tables to read, but there’s also the numbers that show that the ‘Broken Britain’ narrative around worklessness is just plain wrong. If you wanted to guess whether…

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