work and welfare

Social security for the next generation

Christabel Edwards  |  5 September 2016

The new Fabian Society report For Us All provides a timely, and very welcome, reappraisal of social security in the 21st century. Necessarily, it approaches this very human subject from a financial angle, but it is refreshing, nonetheless, to see a serious report using the term ‘social security’ rather than the far more pejorative ‘welfare’. …

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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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Time for a citizen’s income?

Anthony Painter and Karen Buck MP  |  11 February 2016

Anthony Painter and Karen Buck debate the merits of a basic income for all Photo:

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Labour must expose serious failings behind universal credit

Daniel Crawford  |  11 January 2016

The evolution of universal credit from a radical change in the social contract to a means to reach Tory savings targets has been extraordinary. We were told that this ‘once in a generation scheme’ would make work pay and transform the lives of millions. However, it has been dogged by implementation blunders and a clear …

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The escape from poverty

Anne Begg  |  29 October 2015

Labour made strong progress in the battle against poverty and unemployment, finds Anne Begg When the Labour government was elected in 1997 there were a number of challenges it faced. These were things that were anathema to an incoming Labour government and included: dealing with pensioner poverty; very high youth and long-term unemployment; and the …

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Exposing Iain Duncan Smith’s mess

Daniel Crawford  |  15 October 2015

It is perhaps no surprise given the number of alternative political stories on offer as parliament returned from the conference recess this week that another failure in the government’s universal credit rollout passed almost unnoticed. The scheme has been beset by problems since its inception, so the news that there has been a 11 per …

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It’s tax credits, stupid

John Mann MP  |  14 October 2015

Labour needs to defend low-income families The chancellor made a great play in his July budget of announcing the introduction of a new national living wage which, by April 2020, will be over £9 an hour. He claimed this would help working families earn more. However, what he did not say then, and still has …

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100 days of Tory majority

Alex White  |  15 August 2015

100 days ago this weekend, Labour party members were falling exhausted into their beds as the rest of the country was waking up to the first Conservative majority government in 18 years. The first days of a government are not everything, but they are indicative of how the next few years will play out. With …

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The choice before Labour

Nora Mulready  |  24 July 2015

The single most important foundation stone for Labour’s recovery is a renewed commitment to a strong economy, and that means governing in facts, not in wishful thinking. Harriet Harman did Labour a massive favour by shaking the party from its dream state over welfare and thrusting it back into the brutal reality of our predicament: …

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The Last Word … Hat’s entertainment

Jamie Reed MP  |  17 July 2015

Terrible, isn’t it? How can a grown man take a pun, an unrecognisable one at that, and seek to turn it into an introduction for an article ostensibly dedicated to serious political discourse? The answer, of course, is Twitter … Cinema Paradiso If you’re a parent you’ll appreciate the bone-grinding intensity of summer cinema. I’m …

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