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.
Posts Tagged: Universal Credit
Robert Halfon: A local Labour candidate has organised a petition against an army cadet course. Not quite the people’s priorities.
Plus: Is it really a bad thing if more work from home? And: It’s time to acknowledge private workers’ contributions in the Covid crisis.
Interview. Therese Coffey – “An element of a kinder politics is not calling other people bigots because you don’t agree with them.”
Here’s her take on Universal Credit, science, Liverpool, same-sex marriage – and her department. “Big thanks to the Jabs Army, we are the Jobs Army.”
Daniel Hannan: There are clear problems with raising the minimum wage. But anger now trumps account-keeping.
Debates around this issue are conducted as if it were politicians’ own money at stake rather than taxpayers’.
One of an occasional series of articles that ConservativeHome is publishing in advance of the Budget.
There will always be a case for just giving people money, but ministers should consider a much wider spread of better-targeted interventions instead.
There may some ingenious halfway house solution. But it is hard to say how extending it for another year can be avoided.
Mubin Haq: How can it be right for the Government to harm your business, leave you in need – and not help you?
We found over a million people excluded from the Government schemes are struggling to pay for food and everyday essentials.
James Heywood: A £20 blanket uplift in Universal Credit would miss an opportunity for better targeted change
If you enter work, you lose 63p of benefit for every £1 you earn. This acts like a hefty tax on the poor.
The recent bias in Downing Street against putting the Work and Pensions Secretary up for press conferences and big media shows is inexplicable.
The idea is reportedly being considered as an alternative simply to continuing or ending the Universal Credit uplift in April.
Will Quince: While we get help to people in need, Starmer calls for some of it to be scrapped – with no replacement plan
Labour would abolish Universal Credit, which has coped well with the unprecedented pressures of this unprecedented last year.
The OBR’s horrid forecasts of an output implosion and soaring unemployment will do nothing to quell Tory resistance to tougher Covid tiers.
Ryan Bourne: Calm down, stay cool – and drop this talk of tax rises. It’s too early to know how everything will settle down.
It’s baffling why think-tanks are taking the OBR assessments as truth, given its prediction record.
The fourth in our mini-series of pieces from the Centre for Social Justice on the virus – and helping those in deep poverty.