welfare

Food bank

Food banks show welfare is not working

Lee Gregory  |  31 March 2014

Responding to household crises and low incomes within a turbulent economic context, food banks are a lifeline for families who would otherwise go hungry. As noted in my previous piece, the rise of food banks represents an attack on state welfare to secure a minimum level of wellbeing and participation in society. Unfortunately the continuing …

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Job Centre Ellesmere Port

Everyday unemployment

Luke Raikes  |  19 July 2013

Yet again, this week’s unemployment figures sparked reams of commentary on the 0.1 percentage point fall in unemployment. But, while observers are understandably drawn toward these marginal changes, it’s important to focus on the big number: 2.5 million unemployed – 892,000 more than in 2008 – and to reaffirm the basic fact that unemployment is …

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Labour poster

On the path to credibility

Editorial  |  15 July 2013

George Osborne has long been a better reader of the opinion polls than steward of the economy. Since 2010, he has thus honed in on public perceptions that Labour cannot be trusted to run the economy in general, and control spending on welfare in particular. Last month’s speeches by Ed Balls and Ed Miliband both …

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George Osborne

Getting to a fully fledged One Nation economic policy

Stephen Beer  |  27 June 2013

The long-awaited spending review was a depressing day for our public services. The announcement put the detail to the cuts to 2015-16 spending that were promised in the budget in March. For Labour, there were no real surprises and we had finally invested some time and thinking beforehand into building our economic credibility. The challenge …

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Peter Hain

The ‘nothing for something’ society

Peter Hain MP  |  25 June 2013

Labour’s proposal to cut winter fuel allowances for higher-rate taxpayers suggests we may be joining the Tories and Liberal Democrats in dismantling the inheritance of Clement Attlee, Nye Bevan and William Beveridge – at the top of a slippery slope towards a US-style system of public services only for the poor. If winter fuel allowances …

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George Osborne

Different and better

Nick Pearce and Graeme Cooke  |  31 May 2013

Labour should get in its counter-argument to the spending review first Rarely has something sounding so technical been so political. When the chancellor said he planned to ‘introduce a new limit on a significant proportion of annually managed expenditure’ in his budget speech most eyes will have glazed over. For non-Treasury wonks, ‘AME’ is the …

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George Osborne, budget

Hidden in the technicalities

Kitty Ussher  |  26 March 2013

The chancellor is probably sighing with relief that, a mere week after the event, his budget does not appear to have unravelled. Indeed, it seems to have ticked all the relevant boxes: a few giveaways to get some headlines paid for by savings achieved through departmental salami-slicing. No very obvious concessions to those arguing that …

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Curtains

The war of welfare words

Karen Buck MP  |  6 February 2013

Pernicious distortions about welfare conceal its true role By Karen Buck —Caroline has been nursing for 15 years, specialising in mental health and caring for often deeply disturbed patients in a secure hospital unit. She cannot make the rent though. Even a former right-to-buy council flat on a London estate can now go for £500 …

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The Purple Papers

More generous and more temporary: How do we reform welfare to build full employment?

Simon Jeffrey  |  11 March 2013

4pm, Monday 11 March 2013, Grand Committee Room Graeme Cooke author, The Purple Papers Liam Byrne MP shadow work and pensions secretary Karen Buck MP Westminster North Nick Pecorelli associate director, The Campaign Company With the launch of a new Progress pamphlet, The Purple Papers: Real Change for Britain, Real Choices for Labour, Progress is …

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Frederick the Great

Services for the poor …

Stephen Bush  |  15 January 2013

If you try to hold everything, Frederick the Great once wrote, you hold nothing. That may well have been sage advice if you were a German princeling in the early modern era, but it’s a pretty terrible way to preserve the welfare state. Ed Miliband would almost certainly have done a pretty poor job as …

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