From the TUC

Tories even harsher to the unemployed

Richard Exell

30 Sep 2008, by in Labour market, Society & Welfare

I’ve been using this blog to moan about the Government’s harsh line on unemployed people, and on benefit claimants more generally, but you can rely on the Conservative Party conference to prove that there’s still clear blue water between Labour and the Opposition. Chris Grayling, the Conservative spokesperson, seems to believe that the reason we…




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Last of the ex-building societies

Nigel Stanley

28 Sep 2008, by in Economics

The Government’s decisive intervention to nationalise Bradford and Bingley is welcome. It contrasts with their dithering about Northern Rock. Then they seemed more worried about breaching the new Labour commandments against nationalisation than doing what everyone else could see was both inevitable and about as far removed from 1945-style nationalisation as possible.




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Making work pay

Richard Exell

25 Sep 2008, by in Labour market, Society & Welfare

There’s an interesting entry today on Stumbling and Mumbling, looking at the latest Tax Benefit Model Tables. It quite rightly highlights the fact that a single person who leaves Jobseeker’s Allowance for a 16 hours a week job at the minimum wage will be just £8.42 a week better off; if one member of a couple…




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