The Purple Papers

What should Labour’s priorities for government be?

Tyron Wilson  |  24 April 2013

The Progress Purple Papers tour made its way to the University of East Anglia in Norwich last week to discuss the topic of ‘Real change for Britain: what should Labour’s priorities for government be?’, hosted by former Suffolk police and crime commissioner candidate Jane Basham. But after the opening 10 minutes of panellist Steve Van …

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Facing up to hard choices

Stephen Beer  |  25 January 2013

A party ready for government needs to have a mature policy-making process.  It needs to be bold and realistic, and it needs to appreciate that there will be difficult challenges to face once it is elected. That is why the Purple Papers are a useful and distinct contribution to the policy debate.  The contributions face …

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Beyond Dilnot – ending the ‘care crunch’

Stephen Burke  |  4 December 2012

According to the Daily Telegraph, senior government ministers are close to an agreement on capping care costs. They plan to make this a centrepiece announcement in the coalition’s midterm review in January. But if the Telegraph reports are correct, the cap will be set at £75k rather than the £35k originally proposed by the Dilnot …

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Funding long-term care: What are the choices?

James Lloyd  |  4 December 2012

For the coalition government, and for any future Labour government, the choices around adult social care funding in England can really be boiled down to two questions. The first is: what is the state going to spend on care and support in future and how will this money be spent? The second is: where will …

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The Purple Papers: Labour means work

Jonathan Todd  |  27 November 2012

On a few occasions, as Steve Van Riel notes in The Purple Papers, the Labour government did suggest people should pay more for better public services. When it was a rise in national insurance for the health service, this was largely popular. When it was a levy on inheritance for social care, it was not. …

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‘Easy-complicated’ to ‘hard-straightforward’

Tony Dolphin  |  21 November 2012

As the senior economist at IPPR, I am one of providers of the ‘pages and pages of the most expert advice’ about the ‘easy-complicated’ choices that Steve Van Riel identifies in his chapter (at least I hope some of my advice is ‘expert’!). So it is good to be reminded that there are other decisions …

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Caring for quality of life

Alex Fox  |  14 November 2012

‘What is the point of the Labour party when there is no money?’ ask the Purple Papers, whose focus is on smarter spending of public money alongside fairer taxation. Their suggestions on both are credible, but the Papers’ transactional view of government may thwart its radical intent. Whilst the authors see the coalition’s faith in …

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Economics is about people

Kitty Ussher  |  13 November 2012

The process of discussion and debate on the Purple Papers and The Purple Book that preceded it (of which this blog is part) is a welcome one. But in the sphere of economics, there is more to be gained from the essays that are ostensibly about other subjects than from the paper with that name. …

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A toxic fiscal legacy

Alison Garnham  |  13 November 2012

If to govern is to choose then the coalition government is going to be responsible for an awful lot of money being spent in years to come because of not choosing children today. The Purple Papers, published by Progress, are a welcome call for an approach that sees the wisdom in taking strategic decisions to …

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Social care reform matters for all of us

Caroline Abrahams  |  12 November 2012

We are all living longer, but the full implications of this are only beginning to dawn on us, and nowhere is this more apparent than with social care. In the UK the number of people aged 65 and over are projected to rise by nearly 50 per cent in the next 20 years, with the …

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