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What will the IMF do to reduce inequality?

09 Mar 2014, by in Society & Welfare

Ever since the post-war Keynesian consensus was reversed in the 1970s, unions and other social justice advocates have been lectured by mainstream economists – especially at the IMF – that economic inequality is either inevitable, or good for growth, or both. Over the last few years, inequality has grown so much while growth has petered…

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Abolishing the Independent Living Fund

06 Mar 2014, by in Society & Welfare

Today, Mike Penning, the minister “for” disabled people (their description, not mine) announced that the government is going ahead with the closure of the Independent Living Fund. You may remember that, in November, the Court of Appeal quashed their first attempt at this. Remarkably, the government is basing this decision on an equality analysis that…

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What is happening to child poverty?

28 Feb 2014, by in Society & Welfare

Measures, measures everywhere and not a drop of sense. This morning George Osborne and Iain Duncan Smith put their new child poverty strategy out to consultation with the claim that they have reduced child poverty by 300,000 to date, while at the same time denigrating the yardstick they appear to be performing so well against.…

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Fair pay matters, but so do tax credits

19 Feb 2014, by in Society & Welfare

With today’s labour market statistics showing that inflation is still rising around twice as fast as average weekly earnings the UK’s household budgets remain tightly squeezed. While stronger pay growth should start to emerge in the months ahead, the real pay gap that has opened up looks set to take years to close. But although…

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Have 200,000 disability claims been ‘thrown out’?

12 Feb 2014, by in Society & Welfare

Today’s Sun proclaims that “200,000 disability claims have been thrown out”, along with what appears to be an exclusive quote from Mike Penning MP, Minister for Disabled People. The story seems to come from this DWP statistical release on Personal Independence Payment Management Information. It shows that by December 220,300 standard PIP claims had been made,…

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