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Britain needs a healthy wage

06 Nov 2014, by in Society & Welfare

The UK Faculty of Public Health manifesto calls on all political parties to commit to a living wage strategy over the next five years. From Adam Smith through to the Living Wage Foundation of the present day, social commentators have recognized the notion of relative poverty. I call the things you cannot do without and…

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Treasury tax breakdowns: misleading propaganda is a poor basis for debate

03 Nov 2014, by in Society & Welfare

Today’s press stories around the Treasury’s income tax breakdowns make the political purpose of these statements clear: ‘How the biggest chunk of your hard-earned tax goes on welfare’ reports the Daily Mail. ‘Families will be sent letters by the Government showing that a quarter of their taxes are spent on Britain’s welfare budget’ states the Telegraph.

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The strengths – and the big political weakness – of the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission Report

20 Oct 2014, by in Society & Welfare

(Warning: long post.) The Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission’s State of the Nation 2014 report is an extraordinarily rich document, and everyone concerned about social mobility and child poverty should read it carefully. If the twittersphere is anything to go by, a lot of the media coverage will focus on Alan Milburn’s insistence that…

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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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