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Society & Welfare (page 3)

People in poverty deserve our respect

17 Apr 2015, by in Society & Welfare

Today an independent group of nine women published Our Lives: challenging attitudes to poverty in 2015 – I’m one of them. Our report takes seriously the experiences of people dealing with poverty; we started with the stories told to us by people in poverty and built from that to wider conclusions. We started by respecting…

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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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