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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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Jobs and wages: is it all good news?

13 Jun 2014, by in Labour market

Yesterday’s employment figures are very good. As I pointed out yesterday on Left Foot Forward, the employment rate is getting back to pre-recession levels and women’s employment rate is already the highest since the current series began in 1992. Unemployment isn’t coming down so quickly, but even so the unemployment rate is 0.5 points down…

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Mothers and Welfare Reform

06 Jun 2014, by in Society & Welfare

At the start of the year I was working on a list of all the benefit cuts announced since the election of the current government. One of the things that struck me at the time was how many of the cuts seemed to be aimed at women; more specifically, how many of the cuts seemed…

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Today’s employment figures

16 Apr 2014, by in Labour market

I have a post at Left Foot Forward, looking at today’s labour market figures. We are going to hear more demands for higher interest rates, now that pay is growing at a faster rate than inflation, but I argue that this is not because pay rises are high, but because inflation is low. The unemployment…

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