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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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Britain needs a healthy wage

06 Nov 2014, by in Society & Welfare

The UK Faculty of Public Health manifesto calls on all political parties to commit to a living wage strategy over the next five years. From Adam Smith through to the Living Wage Foundation of the present day, social commentators have recognized the notion of relative poverty. I call the things you cannot do without and…

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Treasury tax breakdowns: misleading propaganda is a poor basis for debate

03 Nov 2014, by in Society & Welfare

Today’s press stories around the Treasury’s income tax breakdowns make the political purpose of these statements clear: ‘How the biggest chunk of your hard-earned tax goes on welfare’ reports the Daily Mail. ‘Families will be sent letters by the Government showing that a quarter of their taxes are spent on Britain’s welfare budget’ states the Telegraph.

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The strengths – and the big political weakness – of the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission Report

20 Oct 2014, by in Society & Welfare

(Warning: long post.) The Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission’s State of the Nation 2014 report is an extraordinarily rich document, and everyone concerned about social mobility and child poverty should read it carefully. If the twittersphere is anything to go by, a lot of the media coverage will focus on Alan Milburn’s insistence that…

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