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The Coalition’s child poverty strategy has been derailed by an argument about definitions and measurement, which offers no practical help for the millions of families struggling on a low income. Despite the difficult fiscal context, the Coalition could have set … Continue reading

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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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After pressure from various wings of all three main political parties, George Osborne has publicly stated his desire for a substantial increase in the national minimum wage. The government’s submission to the Low Pay Commission argues for the main adult … Continue reading

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George Osborne is widely regarded as a very political chancellor. So yesterday’s announcement, in his speech to the Conservative conference, that a Tory majority government after the next general election would aim to run a budget surplus before the end … Continue reading

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I have co-authored the chapter on attitudes to government and social security in this year’s British Social Attitudes 30 survey. You can find all the data at NatCen’s excellent interactive website.

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Today’s spending review is principally about departmental allocations for 2015/16; the financial year beginning shortly before the expected date of the 2015 general election. However, much of the political manoeuvring ahead of the speech has concerned annually managed expenditure, so-called … Continue reading

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Today’s speech on social security and the reform of the welfare state was a big moment for the Labour leader, Ed Miliband. He has made some important arguments, on which at least a sizeable part of the battle for the … Continue reading

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In the coming days, the Commission on London Finance established by Boris Johnson and chaired by Tony Travers is due to publish its final report. The Guardian has obtained an advance copy and it makes for interesting reading.

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The debate on the publication today of the statistics on the public sector finances for 2012/13 has focused mainly on whether the deficit is falling or not. The answer is no: the deficit in 2012/13 was broadly the same as … Continue reading

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The introduction in London this month of the government’s new £26,000 benefit cap has generated predictably heated debate. Opinion polls show that the policy is popular because the public believe it is fair. Ministers know this, of course, and to … Continue reading

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