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Solving Britain’s early years crisis

James Metcalfe  |  4 August 2016

In 1999, Labour pledged to eradicate child poverty by declaring that ‘no child be left behind’. Whilst in government, it was Labour’s determination to tackle inequality and promote social mobility that saw the creation of Sure Start and the establishment of a National Minimum Wage. But whilst Labour made huge strides to create equality of …

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Social Policy in a Cold Climate: Policies And Their Consequences Since The Crisis

Carys Roberts  |  20 June 2016

Too often, the actual effects of past policy decisions are not fully evaluated or even remembered in the public discourse, though doing so would tell us a lot about the wisdom of current decisions. Social Policy in a Cold Climate, the result of a mammoth research programme by the London School of Economics’ Centre for …

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A basic income would hurt, not help

Glen Mitchell  |  13 June 2016

The idea of a universal basic income is not without merit and Christabel Edwards argues the case well as do others most notably the RSA who have been strongly advocating for the concept over last year. However, I would argue that three key questions need to be answered before Labour commits to taking such a …

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The Welfare Trait: How State Benefits Affect Personality

Nida Broughton  |  19 April 2016

The central argument of The Welfare Trait by Adam Perkins, an expert in the neurobiology of personality, is that the welfare state causes a proliferation of adults with ‘employment-resistant’ personalities, at great cost to society and the economy. The logic goes like this: People who claim welfare score lower on measures of personality like agreeableness …

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A small hole in the safety net

Christabel Edwards  |  8 April 2016

Those of us who believe in giving a helping hand to the most vulnerable in society seem forever on the back foot these days. Benefits and welfare have now become dirty words; much of this comes from the media with the dominant narrative of scroungers and layabouts trying to pick the pockets of hard-working taxpayers. …

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Can the welfare state survive?

Can the Welfare State Survive?

Alison McGovern MP  |  24 February 2016

What do the public care about? Well, outside immigration and the economy, the pollsters tell us that there is one other topic that dominates the national conversation: welfare. So what you make of the welfare state, and its future, is no small question in British politics. Controversial television programmes such as Benefits Street and others …

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Removing the revolving door from the job centre

Liam Preston  |  23 October 2015

The first step towards recovery is admitting there is a problem, the second step is trying to address that issue. While the first step is often the hardest – it is usually the catalyst for making change happen. However there is one problem that has been in the background of our society for a long …

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‘No man is an island’

Sally Gimson  |  24 June 2015

It may be a sign of things to come. While Harriet Harman asked questions about low pay and the abolition of tax credits at prime minister’s questions, disabled people were hammering at the doors. Scenes from the BBC show rows of police trying to stop disabled protestors storming the chamber to complain about the abolition …

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Progressive or populist?

Ken Macintosh MSP  |  11 March 2015

I have argued before that the Scottish National party’s commitment to progressive policies tends to be found wanting when tested against its populist instincts. There was more evidence to support my thesis last week in the Scottish parliament in a rather heated debate over the Scottish government’s welfare funds bill. Opinion divided on the issue …

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Good Times – Bad Times: The Welfare Myth of Them and Us

Sheila Gilmore  |  12 November 2014

The next Labour government needs to make sure that the costs of reducing the deficit are spread more fairly. We also need to forward a plan for the additional cost of our ageing population. But how do we win support for this if people see welfare spending as for ‘them’ not ‘us’? John Hills’ book …

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