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Society & Welfare

Redistribution, the rich and the rest

26 Jun 2014, by in Society & Welfare

Today the ONS published the 2014 edition of The Effects of Taxes and Benefits on Household Income, revealing that the rich have benefited most from the most recent improvement in family incomes – which shows just how important is the redistribution of resources achieved by taxes, benefits and public services. And, as it happens, today’s…

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Mothers and Welfare Reform

06 Jun 2014, by in Society & Welfare

At the start of the year I was working on a list of all the benefit cuts announced since the election of the current government. One of the things that struck me at the time was how many of the cuts seemed to be aimed at women; more specifically, how many of the cuts seemed…

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Right to Buy housing is not being replaced

15 May 2014, by in Society & Welfare

New figures released by the DCLG show that just one new council home is being built for every eight sold under the Right to Buy (RTB) Legislation When the government extended the right for tenants to buy council housing they promised that new build would at least keep pace with sales. Indeed, the consultation that heralded the road to…

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Social mobility and income inequality: The international evidence

12 May 2014, by in Society & Welfare

Why do some countries have more social mobility than others? The question is important, as it goes to the heart of the issue of equality of opportunity. In order to evaluate equality of opportunity in the UK, we need a point of comparison. By looking at factors associated with higher or lower mobility in similar countries, we can get a sense of where there is scope for improvement.

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