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Fairness for kinship carers

Melanie Onn MP  |  18 October 2017

Kinship carers make enormous sacrifices to raise children who are not their own – they do not deserve to be penalised for doing so, believes Melanie Onn MP My great aunt Kath had a history of picking up strays. She was forever complaining about the cats which appeared out of nowhere in her kitchen, just …

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Budget 2017: Credit where it’s not due

Ella Crine  |  8 March 2017

Labour cannot allow the Tories to claim their regressive changes to Britain’s tax credit system help to redress economic imbalance, writes Ella Crine I love a good national statistic, or a graph. But when economic issues  strike me most, is when they unexpectedly impact my decisions. The things I, as a relatively new taxpayer, decide to do with …

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Universal credit in disarray

Margaret Greenwood MP  |  15 February 2017

The government’s universal credit policy has proved to be neither fair nor simple, argues shadow minister for employment and inequalities Margaret Greenwood MP In 2010, Iain Duncan-Smith proclaimed that universal credit would restore ‘fairness and simplicity’ to the social security system by replacing a range of in-work benefits with a single payment. The aim was to …

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The four-year deep freeze

Stephen Timms MP  |  15 April 2016

Last week, with no fanfare, the government’s four-year freeze on benefits began. It was the week in which the tax credit cuts would have kicked in, if parliament had allowed George Osborne to go ahead. But other cuts, like the new freeze, have gone ahead. The reduction in universal credit equivalent to the tax credit …

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The Last Word … How many Mao times?

Jamie Reed MP  |  27 November 2015

It’s been an extraordinary few weeks in parliament. Following a week described by my Last Word predecessor John McTernan as ‘Labour’s worst ever’ this week has been similarly difficult. The widely anticipated comprehensive spending review was, as such set piece events so often are, something of an anti-climax. Humiliating and damaging U-turns by George Osborne over …

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The plan to steal Labour clothes

Karin Smyth MP  |  26 November 2015

It may turn out to be a day to tell our grandchildren about. But let’s get beyond the little red book, and whether the chancellor is clever, and focus on the real Tory plan. The plan to steal Labour clothes; to pick up on some of our best ideas – ones that address the priorities …

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Labour’s challenge is to propose a genuine alternative

Stephen Beer  |  25 November 2015

The autumn statement represents what happens if you adopt the wrong economic policy for the times we live in. For reasons of misguided economics or political priorities, probably both, the government has committed to more years of spending cuts. Meanwhile, though the economy is currently growing at a reasonable pace (+2.3 per cent over twelve …

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Appreciating Labour’s past is not the same as idolising it

Christabel Cooper  |  24 November 2015

‘Labour lost the last two elections because too many voters saw it as ‘Tory-lite’ and decided they might as well vote for the real thing’, was the narrative born in the months after the party’s general election loss and became one of the main explanations for what happened. However, since the summer, it has been …

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The Osborne deficit

Alison McGovern MP  |  12 November 2015

When George Osborne stands up for the autumn statement on 25 November, remember this figure: £60bn. Why? Because that is his deficit. Not the budget gap caused by the global financial crisis. Not the deficit he says he inherited. That is the Osborne deficit. According to the Office for Budget Responsibility, it is the gap …

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Time for Labour to step up on PCC campaigning

Alex Ross-Shaw  |  12 November 2015

Discussions of May 2016 as the first real test of Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of the Labour party focus on local council elections but rarely mention another election taking place on the same day: that of the country’s police and crime commissioners. Andy Burnham’s quick acceptance upon assuming the role of shadow home secretary, that PCCs …

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