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01

Oct

Pushing a group to the front of the jobs queue doesn’t make the queue any shorter

Yesterday the Conservatives announced they were going to get ‘tough’ on long-term unemployment. But choosing a group to target distracts from dealing with the real problem. In sho…

  • Author: Hannah Aldridge
  • Category: Work and Pay

05

Sep

Is Universal Credit worth saving?

The National Audit Office (NAO) report ‘Universal Credit: Early Progress’ published today was as damning as is possible for such a report. It criticised the governance, planning an…

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

19

Aug

The flexibility of the council tax system makes it ideal for reform

Jonathan Portes’ Guardian article in favour of a housing services tax looks good on paper. But, would such a tax really require the abolition of council tax and its system of bands…

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

08

Aug

Full employment as an anti-poverty strategy

The idea of full employment has been making something of a comeback recently, at least in certain circles. Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Liam Byrne made a speech rec…

  • Author: Adam Tinson
  • Category: Work and Pay

11

Jul

Towards a better poverty action plan

Last week’s Welsh Government Tackling Poverty Action Plan was a real improvement on the previous version. It actually included some new, specific and targeted action aimed at one o…

  • Author: Victoria Winckler
  • Category: Income and Poverty

07

Feb

Nick Clegg and Council Tax: More joy in heaven over one sinner who repenteth

Back in 2004, as the Labour government moved towards deciding how to bring council tax up-to-date (having made a commitment to do so back in 2001), NPI (in its guise as the Centre …

  • Author: Peter Kenway
  • Category: Council Tax

09

Jan

Benefits uprating - oppose the Bill, defend the principle

The wording of the Welfare Benefits Uprating Bill, which limits the annual increases in tax credits and most working-age social security benefits to 1% in both 2014 and 2015, is ut…

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

07

Dec

The localisation of Council Tax Support: autonomy constrained

In April 2013, Council Tax Benefit (CTB) will be replaced with Council Tax Support (CTS). This marks one of the most significant reforms of the welfare system for sixty years. Unli…

  • Author: Sabrina Bushe
  • Category: Council Tax

28

Nov

70 years on, we've never been further away from Beveridge?

For those people celebrating the 70th anniversary of his report this week, the reality is that we have never been further away from Beveridge than we are now. Another graph from th…

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

03

Sep

A New Golden Rule

The proposal for a new ‘golden rule’ for the conduct of macroeconomic policy, published in a new report by the Fabian Society, takes our earlier arguments about the importance of c…

  • Author: Peter Kenway
  • Category: Economic Policy

11

Jul

Alan Milburn's Poverty of Ambition

Alan Milburn’s dismissal as impossible of the goal of halving child poverty by 2020 is as risible as it is disturbing.The goal, enshrined in the 2010 Child Poverty Act, embod…

  • Author: Peter Kenway
  • Category: Children and Young Adults

14

Jun

The good and the bad of the child poverty numbers

Three things catch our eye in new poverty statistics for 2010/11, published today: one good, one bad and one very important for understanding what so much modern child poverty is a…

  • Author: Peter Kenway
  • Category: Income and Poverty

12

Jun

What to look for in the poverty numbers

The publication this Thursday of the official Households Below Average Income statistics is the most important for half a dozen years. It is likely to spark a debate about the futu…

  • Authors: Peter Kenway, Tom MacInnes
  • Category: Income and Poverty

02

Dec

Was Osborne right on public sector pay?

George Osborne's claims on public sector pay in the Autumn statement do not stand up to scrutiny. In his statement to parliament on 29 November, George Osborne said the follow…

  • Author: Peter Kenway
  • Category: Work and Pay

01

Dec

New national report on poverty

Our latest Monitoring Poverty and Social Exclusion Report shows that the Government’s anti poverty strategy cannot succeed without the creation of millions of jobs. Worryingly, the…

  • Authors: Hannah Aldridge, Tom MacInnes
  • Category: Income and Poverty

29

Jul

United States sector balances over five decades

Analysing the US sector balances shows not only a huge budget deficit but unprecedented and equally problematic corporate and overseas surpluses. The surpluses or deficits of a na…

  • Authors: Anthony Lord, Peter Kenway
  • Category: Economic Policy

19

Apr

How good is the OBR's forecast of the corporate surplus and what does it tell us?

If the public sector deficit is to come down, the other sectors’ surpluses must come down too, especially that of the corporate sector which is the biggest of them.  This is indeed…

  • Author: Peter Kenway
  • Category: Economic Policy

07

Dec

Disappearing data

In the last week, NPI have received four e-mails about consultations on or threats to the official data sources we use in our work. Two large surveys are under threat. Following a …

  • Author: Tom MacInnes
  • Category: Services

22

Nov

Labour's record on poverty and inequality

The following article was written for September edition of The House Magazine, to coincide with the Labour Party Conference. Looking back at New Labour’s record on poverty a…

  • Author: Tom MacInnes
  • Category: Income and Poverty

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