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Society & Welfare

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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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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