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Web links for 1st July 2012

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David Cameron’s back-to-work firms want benefits cut more often The Observer reports that the Work Programme has led to a huge increase in the number of unemployed people being 'sanctioned' – "The number of cases has risen from 139,000 benefit cuts under Labour in 2009 to more than 500,000 in 2011." But even that isn't…

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Web links for 29th June 2012

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Can Policymakers Stem Rising Income Inequality? A summary of new research by the IMF shows income inequality has increased in most rich countries in recent years. Taxes and transfers "have played a significant role in offsetting the increase in inequality." Over the last two decades fiscal policy has reduced inequality by about a third in…

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Web links for 22nd June 2012

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There is a clash of priorities in the government’s austerity economics Our own Craig Berry writes on Left Foot Forward that for the government’s current economic strategy to work it requires increased private consumption and indebtedness at the household level. But their own public austerity agenda is prohibiting them from being open about their approach.

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Web links for 13th June 2012

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“DWP analysis shows mandatory work activity is largely ineffective. Government is therefore extending it.” Jonathan Portes notes that the Government announced a massive extension of Mandatory Work Activity on the same day on the same day they published an assessment whose key conclusions were “that MWA had a small and transitory impact on benefit receipt,…

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Web links for 11th June 2012

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Individual Employment, Household Employment and Risk of Poverty in the EU Imagine that jobs were randomly distributed and work out what proportion of households in a country would be jobless – is the actual figure higher or lower?

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When the Queen came to the TUC

02 Jun 2012, by in Web links

In 1968 the TUC celebrated its 100th anniversary. (Indeed yesterday (June 1) was our 144th birthday.) This was marked not just by the TUC, but by the nation. A grand banquet was held in London (as well as many other more accessible events around the country.) It was addressed by the Queen and broadcast by…

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Web links for 28th May 2012

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Beecroft report was inspired by ‘hopeless’ HR director, says Telegraph XpertHR have a comprehensive round-up of reactions to the Beecroft report – many from a professional HR perspective. Most are unimpressed Britain has less employment protection than the BRICS Flip Chart Fairy Tales Rick has another go at Beecroft

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Web links for 23rd May 2012

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Stumbling and Mumbling: Beecroft’s lesson Chris is not impressed with Beecroft The Beecroft report – Snake Oil, Doctor Good and other quack remedies Rick is good on Beecroft Hollande Honeymoon Brings France Record Low Yields Bloomberg reports that “France finds itself in a sweet spot, drawing the strongest auction demand since the European debt crisis…

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Web links for 13th May 2012

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Why history will judge us harshly A brilliant post by Jonathan Portes on trhe Not the Treasury View blog. He says: "with long-term government borrowing as cheap as in living memory, with unemployed workers and plenty of spare capacity and with the UK suffering from both creaking infrastructure and a chronic lack of housing supply,…

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Web links for 11th May 2012

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“Never working families” – a misleading sound-bite? In the 'Inequalities' blog, Lindsey Macmillan and Paul Gregg look at the evidence about inter-generational unemployment. There’s lot less than politicians and media sometimes suggest: “only 0.3% or 15,000 households are in a position where both generations have never worked” and in a third of these households the…

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