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Published alongside the good unemployment figures today were less welcome new statistics showing another big increase in the number of sanctions applied to people in receipt of jobseekers’ allowance (JSA). In the 12 months to September 2013, a total of … Continue reading

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The SNP government has made great play today of expanding childcare in an independent Scotland. Universal childcare – of the Nordic variety envisaged in the Scotland’s Future white paper – is a very important ambition, and not just because it … Continue reading

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The government’s announcement of new funding for childcare is a welcome step. Britain badly needs a better childcare system and any increases in funding for childcare are good news. Today’s announcement also tackles some of the unfairness of the current … Continue reading

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Newsnight recently reported that the government will announce a suite of childcare policies in the new year, as part of the Coalition’s mid-term review. Pressure has been building up for some time on the government to extend support for childcare … Continue reading

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Is it possible to be family-friendly but unfriendly to women? Tomorrow, Nick Clegg will announce that the right to request flexible working will be extended to all employees, as signalled in the Queen’s speech earlier this year. This is good … Continue reading

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Last week, the authorities in Hong Kong bowed to the inevitable and slapped a 15 per cent stamp duty on properties purchased by overseas buyers. With its currency tied to the dollar, and no capital controls or capital gains tax, … Continue reading

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As good civil servants observing the appropriate rules, the Downing Street press office issued a copy of the prime minister’s welfare reform speech with sections marked ‘political content excised’. In truth, if they’d applied that editing principle consistently, the whole … Continue reading

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Today has seen two important announcements on childcare and early years learning: the final report of the Nutbrown Review of early learning and childcare qualifications and the establishment by Number 10 of an Affordable Childcare Commission. These are both welcome … Continue reading

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Thursday morning sees the annual publication of the child poverty statistics. This year’s set of statistics is especially important because it covers the year 2010/11, so it enables us to come to a final judgment on the Labour government’s record … Continue reading

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Although I would’ve written a very different Queen’s speech to the one Her Majesty delivered today (see my alternative speech for the Staggers blog), I was pleased to see that IPPR recommendations from 2007 on flexible working and parental leave … Continue reading

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