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The strengths – and the big political weakness – of the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission Report

20 Oct 2014, by in Society & Welfare

(Warning: long post.) The Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission’s State of the Nation 2014 report is an extraordinarily rich document, and everyone concerned about social mobility and child poverty should read it carefully. If the twittersphere is anything to go by, a lot of the media coverage will focus on Alan Milburn’s insistence that…

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What’s driving welfare spending?

17 Oct 2014, by in Society & Welfare

Yesterday, the Office for Budget Responsibility published their first Welfare Trends Report. It’s a useful document and it helps destroy some of the old myths about benefit spending. The Welfare Trends Report is going to be an annual publication, and it’s been made necessary by the Chancellor’s decision to introduce a welfare cap – Mr…

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Saving Our Safety Net Fact of the Week: quarter of a million people face five week wait for benefits

10 Oct 2014, by in Society & Welfare

This month a new set of regulations means that more than a quarter of a million people claiming Jobseekeer’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance will have to wait seven days before they are entitled to any benefits. From next year, as Universal Credit replaces these benefits, most people who are unemployed or who are…

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David Cameron’s Three-Card Trick

02 Oct 2014, by in Society & Welfare

Round and round and round she goes. Where she stops nobody knows People with egalitarian instincts who don’t pay a lot of attention to politics may have been pleasantly surprised by David Cameron’s pledge that a future Conservative government would raise the income tax personal allowance to £12,500. And at first sight that looks like it’s…

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