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Society & Welfare

What’s driving welfare spending?

17 Oct 2014, by in Society & Welfare

Yesterday, the Office for Budget Responsibility published their first Welfare Trends Report. It’s a useful document and it helps destroy some of the old myths about benefit spending. The Welfare Trends Report is going to be an annual publication, and it’s been made necessary by the Chancellor’s decision to introduce a welfare cap – Mr…

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Saving Our Safety Net Fact of the Week: quarter of a million people face five week wait for benefits

10 Oct 2014, by in Society & Welfare

This month a new set of regulations means that more than a quarter of a million people claiming Jobseekeer’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance will have to wait seven days before they are entitled to any benefits. From next year, as Universal Credit replaces these benefits, most people who are unemployed or who are…

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David Cameron’s Three-Card Trick

02 Oct 2014, by in Society & Welfare

Round and round and round she goes. Where she stops nobody knows People with egalitarian instincts who don’t pay a lot of attention to politics may have been pleasantly surprised by David Cameron’s pledge that a future Conservative government would raise the income tax personal allowance to £12,500. And at first sight that looks like it’s…

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Who are the victims of the Chancellor’s latest cuts?

30 Sep 2014, by in Society & Welfare

George Osborne’s announcement that working age benefits will be frozen for two years if the Conservatives win the next election is the latest chapter of a long-running Coalition story. Freezing jobseeker’s allowance, tax credits, universal credit, child benefit, income support and housing benefit is expected to cut spending by £3.2 billion. More importantly, the government’s…

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The other side of the argument

21 Sep 2014, by in Society & Welfare

What do we think of the people we disagree with? Generally speaking, I think most of the people I disagree with deserve respect. They don’t support the same policies as me, but they’re no less honest, well-intentioned or intelligent than me and my friends. But every so often, you come across something that makes you realise…

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