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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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Autumn Statement 2014 stamp duty give away will do nothing to solve the housing crisis

03 Dec 2014, by in Society & Welfare

Many eyes will be on the  stamp duty tax cuts announced in the autumn statement today, but this will do little to address the UK’s entrenched housing crisis. A very unpalatable truth for supporters of the current government is that total home ownership has declined in every year since 2008. The autumn statement supporting document highlights the…

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A new Housing Benefit Deal for Young people

28 Nov 2014, by in Society & Welfare

This week UNISON Launched  a new report: A New Housing Benefit Deal for Young People calling for a more joined up response to prevent young people becoming structurally impoverished, whether they are in or out of work, due to high rents in poor quality housing in the private rented sector. For local authorities and the…

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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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