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The Politics of Social Mobility

13 Jan 2009, by in Politics, Society & Welfare

Today the Government published their New Opportunities white paper, on social mobility. As my colleague Nicola has pointed out in her excellent entry, social mobility and promoting greater equality are not alternatives – international evidence put together by the OECD clearly suggests that “although no consensus exists on this issue, there seems to be a…

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Tories even harsher to the unemployed

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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Making work pay

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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What would Keir Hardie do?

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

“Go back to Keir Hardie, and his maiden speech in the Commons in 1893 was about people working in return for their benefits. This has always been at the heart of what the Labour movement believes in.” James Purnell interviewed in Fabian Review, autumn 2008, p 10, (not on the Fabian website yet) I suppose…

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So far, so good…

29 Aug 2008, by in Economics

Some years ago, a man fell off the top of the Empire State Building. Eyewitnesses in offices on the way down said he had a strangely complacent smile on his face; as he hurtled past, some heard his last words: “So far, so good, so far, so good, so far…” Employment statistics are notoriously a…

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