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Magna Carta and Social Security

03 Jan 2015, by in Society & Welfare

This year (15 June) we’ll mark the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta. The commemorations will include a TV documentary, a Magna Carta cycle trail, a visit by 800 American lawyers and, I kid you not, a new roundabout on the A308. A lot of the people I usually agree with will be…

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The Benefit Cap: is it worthwhile?

15 Dec 2014, by in Society & Welfare

The Department for Work and Pensions has just published their evaluation of the impact of the Benefit Cap in its first year. The Cap is a limit to the maximum amount of working age benefits a family can receive – for families with children, £500 a week (*). How has the policy fared? The government…

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Saving Our Safety Net Fact of the Week: Jobseekeer’s Allowance costs 0.3% of GDP

05 Dec 2014, by in Society & Welfare

Why does George Osborne emphasise the government’s benefit cuts? As The Economist noted after the Conservative Party conference, even when his cuts are a comparatively small element of his plans, he still talks them up. Mr Osborne is a notoriously ‘political’ Chancellor, and he knows that polls repeatedly show that benefit cuts are popular. That’s…

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Autumn Statement 2014 stamp duty give away will do nothing to solve the housing crisis

03 Dec 2014, by in Society & Welfare

Many eyes will be on the  stamp duty tax cuts announced in the autumn statement today, but this will do little to address the UK’s entrenched housing crisis. A very unpalatable truth for supporters of the current government is that total home ownership has declined in every year since 2008. The autumn statement supporting document highlights the…

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