Tag Archives: welfare reform

TaxPayers’ Alliance welfare proposals save little money, but add to misery

The Taxpayers Alliance has released a new report on welfare dependency, but the proposed solutions do little to save costs and only adds to hardship.

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Why ‘One Nation Social Security’ also needs a map and compass

In Ed Miliband’s speech on social security yesterday, he set out a number of ways in which the present system pays for failure: having too many people in long-term unemployment; subsidising low paid work; subsidising rents rather than building homes; and not recognising contribution.

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Two cheers for Ed Miliband’s shift on welfare. He’s missing something, though

In a speech today at Newham Dockside, Ed Miliband will tackle head on the attempts to brand Labour the party of welfare, and will say that controlling social security spending and putting decent values at the heart of the system are “not conflicting priorities”.

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Hounslow foodbank rejects undeserving poor

A new council-run foodbank in Hounslow has rules stating they will not give food to people with “chaotic lifestyles” or those who have had benefits sanctioned.

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Poorest will be hardest hit by downturn due to welfare reforms

The poor will be the hardest hit in the long-term by the economic downturn as a result of the government’s changes to the benefits system, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS).

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Just how many families are there where three generations have ‘never worked’?

In seeking to justify the government’s reforms to the benefits system, Iain Duncan Smith has previously claimed that there exists a situation in Britain where “three generations of the same family have [often] never worked”. However all the the evidence shows what an insignificant problem “three generations of out-of-work families” are in the grand scheme of things.

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Welfare reforms are cementing social tenants at the bottom of the economic pile

The picture emerging is one where social tenants are bearing the brunt of welfare reform and worsening austerity. This doesn’t quite gel with the chancellor Osborne’s claim that ‘we’re all in it together’.

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Welsh Tories propose tax cut for the wealthy

The Welsh Conservatives are aping their colleagues in Westminster by calling for tax cuts for the very highest earners at a time when living standards are falling for the majority.

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Comment: People should look beyond the headlines at what Demos actually says on cash cards

Carl Packman looks at what Demos actually say on cash cards in their report this morning.

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Beveridge, the Royal baby and Osborne’s sickening ‘scrounger’ rhetoric

George Osborne’s proposals to make real term cuts to welfare and the impending arrival of a new Royal baby – two things that are inextricably linked.

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