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The broken child poverty pledge

16 Nov 2015, by in Society & Welfare

I have a post at, (written on behalf of the End Child Poverty coalition) looking at the Welfare Reform and Work Bill – if passed, it will mean the government no longer has to report to Parliament on progress helping children out of poverty. This will mean that there will be no point at…

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Trans issues: on our agenda

28 Aug 2015, by in Society & Welfare

The new Women and Equalities Select Committee – a cross-party group of Members of Parliament – decided that its first action would be to hold an inquiry into the position of transgender people in the UK. The initial consultation period has just closed and the TUC made a submission (which you can read here). Legal…

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No support for abolishing the Child Poverty Act

31 Jul 2015, by in Society & Welfare

The government can’t be accused of pussy-footing about. In this Parliament we’ve already had the most radical Budget for 20 years, an attack on trade unions that out-Tebbits Norman Tebbit and cuts to tax credits that will force thousands of low-paid workers and their children into poverty.  And, with the Welfare Reform and Work Bill, we…

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Rent controls in Berlin: why not here?

23 Jul 2015, by in Society & Welfare

When Berlin announced last month that it will introduce rent control because “we don’t want a situation like in London,” there wasn’t a renter in the UK who didn’t cry out in frustration: it’s the Germans, rather than our government, who are trying to avoid what’s going on in the capital, and all over our…

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Counting the cost of the tax credit changes

22 Jul 2015, by in Society & Welfare

In his speech the Chancellor said that “It’s because we’ve taken…difficult decisions….that Britain is able to afford a pay rise. Because let me be clear: Britain deserves a pay rise and Britain is getting a pay rise.” It sounds great but when you look at his plans it turns out that low-paid workers will see…

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I ❤ redistribution

07 Jul 2015, by in Society & Welfare

You know you’re a nerd when you’ve got a favourite statistic, but you only know you’re a full geek when you can’t stop telling people about it. I’ve really got to write about The Effects of Taxes and Benefits on Household Income, even though it came out last week. I was away on the 29th…

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