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Ill health is a class and gender issue

22 Jul 2014, by in Society & Welfare

I’ve been thinking a bit about the Inequality in Healthy Life Expectancy statistics, published today. These figures show life expectancy and healthy life expectancy, broken down by gender and by how deprived the areas are where people live. Among other things, they show why defending benefits and services for people who are disabled or in…

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Why we need to save our safety net

16 Jul 2014, by in Society & Welfare

The strategic priority of this government is to shrink the state. Despite the recovery the cuts keep on coming. What we face now is not emergency, if mistaken, economics, but political strategy. The Chancellor wants public spending to go back to where it was as a share of national wealth in 1948, according to the…

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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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