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The other side of the argument

21 Sep 2014, by in Society & Welfare

What do we think of the people we disagree with? Generally speaking, I think most of the people I disagree with deserve respect. They don’t support the same policies as me, but they’re no less honest, well-intentioned or intelligent than me and my friends. But every so often, you come across something that makes you realise…

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Making people wait longer for their benefits: The government admits it’s going to hurt vulnerable people, but are they bothered?

04 Sep 2014, by in Society & Welfare

The government has just published their statutory advisory committee’s comments on their plans to increase the waiting days for Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance. I’m not surprised that the Social Security Advisory Committee is worried that vulnerable people are likely to face extra hardship – as I pointed out in July, the Department…

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Ill health is a class and gender issue

22 Jul 2014, by in Society & Welfare

I’ve been thinking a bit about the Inequality in Healthy Life Expectancy statistics, published today. These figures show life expectancy and healthy life expectancy, broken down by gender and by how deprived the areas are where people live. Among other things, they show why defending benefits and services for people who are disabled or in…

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Redistribution, the rich and the rest

26 Jun 2014, by in Society & Welfare

Today the ONS published the 2014 edition of The Effects of Taxes and Benefits on Household Income, revealing that the rich have benefited most from the most recent improvement in family incomes – which shows just how important is the redistribution of resources achieved by taxes, benefits and public services. And, as it happens, today’s…

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Labour market changes – the good and the bad

23 Jun 2014, by in Labour market

Today the TUC published Equitable Full Employment, a major element of our campaign to make sure that all the main parties remain committed to full employment as a principal goal of economic policy. We asked the authors – Paul Bivand and Tony Wilson of Inclusion – to look at the period of high employment and…

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