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12

Nov

Council cuts consultations must offer wider range of options including tax rises, court rules

In the first case of its kind, the Supreme Court has ruled  that a local authority’s consultation on its Council Tax Support scheme was unfair and therefore unlawful. At…

  • Author: Peter Kenway
  • Category: Council Tax

17

Apr

Is a 'safety net' the right thing for disabled people?

Disabled people have been especially hard hit by the cuts to the social security safety net. But is it a “safety net” that disabled people need? In the previous blogs in this seri…

  • Author: Tom MacInnes
  • Category: Social Security and Welfare Reform

13

Jun

A depressing set of poverty statistics

Today the DWP published the most recent set of income and poverty statistics for the UK. They make quite depressing reading. Median incomes fell by 3% between 2010/11 and 2011/12, …

  • Author: Tom MacInnes
  • Category: Income and Poverty

08

May

Is real localism possible during a time of austerity?

One of the key announcements in today’s Queen’s Speech was the introduction of new support arrangements for carers. The move will see carers afforded a statutory right to financial…

  • Author: Sabrina Bushe
  • Category: Local Government

08

Apr

DLA and PIP: how not to cut

Over the past few days, we have been assessing the benefit changes coming into effect this April but without criticising them simply because they hit people who are poor or disadva…

  • Authors: Peter Kenway, Tom MacInnes
  • Category: Social Security and Welfare Reform

05

Apr

The untold story of April's welfare changes

A great deal of attention has been paid to the many individual changes to social security that are taking place this month. Not known are the combined impacts – when individuals an…

  • Author: Adam Tinson
  • Category: Social Security and Welfare Reform

03

Apr

The great shame of the bedroom tax is that it is a missed opportunity

This week, we are posting a series of blogs that look at the main changes to social security benefits introduced this ‘Black April’. All impact mainly or wholly on low income house…

  • Author: Hannah Aldridge
  • Category: Social Security and Welfare Reform

01

Apr

It is not enough to oppose these reforms simply because they hit the poor

We spent last week publicising our JRF-published report on council tax support. Summarising what we had found about each of the 326 English local authority schemes, it attracted a …

  • Authors: Tom MacInnes, Peter Kenway
  • Category: Social Security and Welfare Reform

28

Mar

The public sector deficit through the looking glass

Reducing the public sector deficit has been the Coalition's number one economic goal from the start. Inheriting a record deficit in 2009/10 – Labour’s last year –…

  • Author: Peter Kenway
  • Category: Economic Policy

20

Mar

Osborne's budget challenge and the spirit of 97

George Osborne’s problem is how to rid himself of the spirit of ’97. Seeing as this year ranks second only to 1945 in the roll-call of Labour triumphs and Tory disasters, this may …

  • Author: Peter Kenway
  • Category: Economic Policy

16

Oct

Forecasting failure

The Office for Budget Responsibility today published their “Forecast Evaluation Report” – an explanation of why their predictions for economic growth have been wrong. It’s fascinat…

  • Author: Tom MacInnes
  • Category: Economic Policy

21

Mar

How do you cut (another) £10bn from welfare?

One intriguing part of today's budget was something the Chancellor only hinted at. The next spending review will look to cut £10bn off the welfare budget. But how?Today’s budget wa…

  • Author: Tom MacInnes
  • Category: Social Security and Welfare Reform

19

May

Shrinking the state?

 All major political parties now accept that the public sector deficit must be cut and the growth in the debt brought under control. With total public spending as a share of GDP cl…

  • Author: Peter Kenway
  • Category: Economic Policy