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Today’s employment figures (Jan 2015)

21 Jan 2015, by in Labour market

I have a post up at Left Foot Forward, looking at today’s labour market statistics. What seems to be happening is that the quality of employment is improving, but the increases in employment and falls in unemployment are slowing down. The prospects for earnings are still quite poor: at the current rate of progress pay…

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Magna Carta and Social Security

03 Jan 2015, by in Society & Welfare

This year (15 June) we’ll mark the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta. The commemorations will include a TV documentary, a Magna Carta cycle trail, a visit by 800 American lawyers and, I kid you not, a new roundabout on the A308. A lot of the people I usually agree with will be…

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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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