There should be a growth target to complement the inflation target – to drive government departments to take actions that will promote more UK activity and jobs.
The Chancellor will have have more money to play with than was forecast. How he uses these additional resources will tell us a great deal about his priorities.
As the jobs market expands, the taper could be lowered. This would leave low hours workers with more money, helping accelerate them into full-time work.
If the Treasury gets its way, the Chancellor will score a big victory. But Ministers should watch for Labour stealing their thunder over taper rates.
The overseas aid and Universal Credit decisions suggest that, for the first time in a while, the cause of fiscal conservatism is gaining the upper hand.
There may some ingenious halfway house solution. But it is hard to say how extending it for another year can be avoided.
We found over a million people excluded from the Government schemes are struggling to pay for food and everyday essentials.
The recent bias in Downing Street against putting the Work and Pensions Secretary up for press conferences and big media shows is inexplicable.
The Prime Minster could do worse than dust down the Social Justice Outcomes Framework published by the Coalition Government.
Labour would abolish Universal Credit, which has coped well with the unprecedented pressures of this unprecedented last year.
The levelling up agenda depends upon nation-wide digital inclusivity. If we give up on this, we will be trying to deliver it with one hand held behind our back.
The OBR’s horrid forecasts of an output implosion and soaring unemployment will do nothing to quell Tory resistance to tougher Covid tiers.
It’s baffling why think-tanks are taking the OBR assessments as truth, given its prediction record.
The second in our mini-series of pieces from the Centre for Social Justice on the virus – and helping those in deep poverty.
We are allowing others to create a narrative for us, and in the absence of an agreed poverty measure and subsequent strategy, we always will.