The legacy benefits system is a mix of six benefits, has three cliff-edges – and punishes extra hours. It lets people down and holds them back.
This is a robust, Conservative policy that enhances the stability of our society by encouraging and supporting prudent financial decision-making.
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We need more houses, not just to buy, but to rent – truly affordably, as well. This is a social justice issue.
The Conservatives are not going to win the hearts and minds of the British people by proposing Labour-lite policies. There must be something different on offer.
Money would go from one person through a bureaucracy to another person in the same household – who probably holds a joint bank account with the first person.
It has fascinated me since growing up in a single parent family on the outskirts of Belfast – before attending the lowest-performing secondary school in Northern Ireland.
I finish by imploring you to consider the effect on our Brexit negotiations if we change negotiators half way through.
People did not feel committed to their current party. The next election was, they hoped, a long way away, by which time much could have changed.
Whatever you believe, there is force in the claim that truth sets you free. But this Christmas, as at other times, it comes with a cost.
I joined the Conservatives six months after this year’s general election, with a vision to help us progress in the area of social equality.
Economically, it could be transformational, as it has been in Norway, which established its fund back in the early 1990s. It is now worth over a trillion dollars.
Ignoring the family unit means pressures on benefits – and burdening some poorer families with the highest effective marginal tax rate in the developed world.
The Social Market Foundation isn’t tied to any party. We’re centrists – our advice and ideas on offer to anyone who wants to put common sense ahead of ideology.
It’s important that the Government does more to publicise the fact that people can apply for an advance on their benefits with a repayment period of six months.