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By chance, on the weekend that Ed Miliband was extolling the virtues of George Cadbury’s commitment to his workers in a speech on the economy, a new history of the Barrow Cadbury Trust – the grantmaking foundation that bears the … Continue reading

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The IFS and Nuffield Trust have a report out today on scenarios for health and social care spending over the next decade. This is a very important contribution to the debate on future fiscal pressures and priorities.

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Some truly daft things are sometimes written about the UK’s fiscal position. One such offering is yesterday’s strategy note on austerity from Tullet Prebon, the bond vigilantes. It claims, in lurid prose, that Britain’s austerity is a myth – mendacious … Continue reading

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The Office for Budget Responsibility’s recent fiscal sustainability report makes sobering reading for anyone concerned with the financing of high-quality universal public services in an ageing society.

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1. The UK’s Child Poverty Targets are a hangover from the Gordon Brown era, made up by the Labour government and imposed on its successor

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I have penned a quick reaction to the Chancellor’s announcement on the Comprehensive Spending Review today for the Financial Times.

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Weekend reports suggest that social housing is set to be one of the biggest losers in the upcoming spending review, with cuts of up to 80 per cent predicted in capital spending on social and affordable homes.

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In the end, the last Labour government’s centralist model of public services exhausted itself, but it was probably the single most important driver of improved standards in vital areas such as education and health. The strategic cul-de-sac for Labour in … Continue reading

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