The marriage rate is down. But people are being choosy, looking for love rather than doing it out of economic necessity. So, marriages now last longer.
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By adapting the Statutory Maternity Pay system, the Chancellor’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will improve the lives of thousands of people.
The fifth piece in our series this week about what the Tory Manifesto should look like.
Ryan Shorthouse: Brexit is seeing struggle enough. Communitarians and libertarians don’t have to be in conflict.
Interdependence and independence need each other, and the Conservative Party should stand for both.
What is it – and how can we strengthen it? That is the focus of Bright Blue’s latest report, published today.
Working-aged benefits have been deeply and disproportionately cut. But if the welfare system is to be suitably resourced in the future, the public need to believe it is fair.
Faced with the real electoral threat of a nationalising, socialistic Labour Government, these principles should matter and be championed now more than ever.
We need liberal – not closed – local communities where empowered, innovative and tolerant individuals can bring positive change.
Ryan Shorthouse: Universities have enjoyed a leap in funding – vice-chancellors must act responsibly in return
It is wrong for those at the top to take advantage of the generosity of government, students, and other, far less well-remunerated, academic staff.
Ryan Shorthouse: The Tory manifesto should offer loans for childcare and retraining, and better pay for teachers
This second piece of a mini-series on what should be in the manifesto argues that May must show those on modest incomes the good that Government can do.
Ryan Shorthouse: Balancing the budget. Make private schools pay VAT. End ring-fencing. Charge for missed GP appointments.
The second piece in our pre-Budget series on how to eliminate the structural deficit.
Indiscriminate attacks on Parliament, the judiciary, the civil service, the media and business are anti-meritocratic and nihilistic, which should trouble those on the Right.
The Government should give every citizen a lifetime higher education loan account, and exact a levy from major graduate employers to pay for it.
Better pre-school education, more help in need for those who have contributed more, a higher minimum wage, support for grandparents – all fit Conservative ideals.
Ryan Shorthouse and David Kirkby: Welfare reform should recognise contributions and support families
As well as saving money, of course.