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04

Dec

Growth, not the deficit, is what really matters

The Autumn Statement performances today shows our political leaders on both sides should stop fixating reducing the deficit to zero. Today’s Autumn Statement perfo…

  • Category: Economic Policy

24

Sep

The good and the bad of Labour’s minimum wage plan

Though no panacea for working poverty, a higher national minimum wage is probably right. But Ed Miliband’s announcement that Labour would dictate such an outcome is certainly wrong…

  • Author: Tom MacInnes
  • Category: Work and Pay

10

Sep

Government can ensure that the election debate on welfare and tax reform is informed as well as impassioned

The changes to taxes and benefits that came into effect in April 2013 are the Coalition’s most important single package of work and welfare reforms. Some, above all the bedro…

  • Author: Peter Kenway
  • Category: Income and Poverty

14

Jul

Corporate governance: what it is about and why it matters

The people at the very top of our large corporations: what guides the decisions they take and does it matter? The TUC’s new pamphlet on “corporate governance” is made up of contri…

  • Author: Peter Kenway
  • Category: Economic Policy

30

Jun

This year's poverty numbers are interesting, but next year's matter more

Tomorrow DWP publish the latest official poverty numbers, but politicians, commentators and voters take note: they will reflect the year 2012/13 – before the main benefit cuts were…

  • Author: Hannah Aldridge
  • Category: Income and Poverty

21

May

Labour’s minimum wage plan is a mistake

In promising to subject the Low Pay Commission to central diktat, Ed Miliband risks damaging a body he should cherish. The minimum wage was one of New Labour’s greatest successes.…

  • Author: Peter Kenway
  • Category: Work and Pay

24

Apr

No easy way out on welfare reform for Northern Ireland

The arithmetic of welfare reform does not offer the Northern Ireland Assembly a way to avoid difficult decisions The political debate on welfare reform continues in Northern Irela…

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

09

Apr

Labour and Conservatives are choosing the poll tax over the 'safety net'

In our opening blog yesterday, we used Cameron’s row with the Catholic hierarchy to make the point that alongside the better known cash benefits, the social security safety net als…

  • Author: Peter Kenway
  • Category: Social Security and Welfare Reform

07

Apr

Is there still a safety net and, if so, what is it?

On the day when those claiming social security benefits see an annual increase in the money they get, we launch a series of blogs looking at what is happening to the 'safety net'. …

  • Authors: Hannah Aldridge, Peter Kenway
  • Category: Social Security and Welfare Reform

18

Mar

What would a good economic recovery look like – and is this one?

The employers’ organisation, the CBI, certainly thinks that the economy recovery which started some twelve months is a good one. In a press release put out last month, its Director…

  • Author: Peter Kenway
  • Category: Economic Policy

28

Feb

The stalled child poverty strategy requires a radical response: the newly-housed homeless show how

Is “a home not a dwelling, sound, affordable and secure” now the rock on which efforts to end child poverty should be built? This was the week when the government was expected fin…

  • Author: Peter Kenway
  • Category: Income and Poverty

30

Jan

Should the UK have a Secretary of State for Reducing Poverty?

Rich Watts recently made the argument on the Arbitrary Constant blog that the abolition of the Department for Work and Pensions should be considered. The Centre for Welfare Reform …

  • Author: Adam Tinson
  • Category: Income and Poverty

29

Jan

Labour's balanced budget pledge is banking on growth

Hostility to Ed Balls’ Fabian Society speech on a future Labour government’s economic policy has been directed towards the promised return of a 50 pence top rate of tax on annual i…

  • Author: Peter Kenway
  • Category: Economic Policy

10

Jan

Welfare reform: playing it straight, not playing it tough

‘Tougher than the Tories when it comes to slashing the benefits bill’ was how Rachel Reeves positioned herself and Labour when she was appointed Shadow Secretary of Sta…

  • Author: Peter Kenway
  • Category: Social Security and Welfare Reform

08

Jan

Faith in simple reform is damaging the welfare state

With an annual budget last year of more than £220 billion, stewardship of social security is one of any government's greatest responsibilities. Many things could be said about how …

  • Author: Peter Kenway
  • Category: Social Security and Welfare Reform

05

Dec

The Treasury's inflation stealth tax

How inflation is measured ought to be something that can safely be left to economists while the rest of us go down the pub. Sad to say, some of the detail behind the Autumn Stateme…

  • Author: Peter Kenway
  • Category: Economic Policy

04

Dec

Memories of the Major administration: what growth looks like and why it is not enough

What does a period of sustained economic growth look like? Twenty years ago, the UK was in the early stages of a recovery that went on to become the best eight years for the UK eco…

  • Author: Peter Kenway
  • Category: Economic Policy

28

Nov

Autumn Statement: is the government really in control?

George Osborne will certainly find next week’s Autumn Statement an easier ride than in 2011 or 2012. In the past two years, the opposition charge that his austerity had caused grow…

  • Author: Peter Kenway
  • Category: Economic Policy

20

Nov

The care bill has little to offer those receiving care at home

The government's Caring for our Future consultation gives the clearest picture yet of how the new system of paying for care will work from April 2016. The main change is the introd…

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