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Saving Our Safety Net Fact of the Week: Taxing disability benefits would hit hundreds of thousands of low-paid disabled workers

03 Apr 2015, by in Society & Welfare

There’s something (horrible) for everyone in the list of possible benefit cuts leaked to the BBC last week. In this column I want to concentrate on the proposal that people would have to pay income tax on their disability benefits if their incomes including these benefits were over the minimum threshold. According to the BBC,…

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Benefit sanctions for low-paid workers

25 Mar 2015, by in Society & Welfare

In January this year, in a move that received little media coverage at the time, this government introduced secondary legislation that would enable them to extend benefit sanctions to low paid workers who aren’t doing ‘enough’ to earn more money. Sanctions – the withholding of benefits – have been applied on an industrial scale under…

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Housing: #Budget2015 spins “signs of normalisation”

18 Mar 2015, by in Society & Welfare

“There continue to be signs of normalisation in the housing market” says the government (Budget Report 2015, 915, para 124). With home ownership in retreat, rents rising and 1.3 million on the social housing waiting lists, the situation seems much more like an entrenched crisis than normalisation. The government has made some claims about housing getting back on track. Let’s…

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