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: Welfare
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.
Frank Young: Today’s Commons debates, why measuring relative poverty doesn’t work – and what Ministers should do instead
The Prime Minster could do worse than dust down the Social Justice Outcomes Framework published by the Coalition Government.
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.
Neil Shastri-Hurst: Like a phoenix from the ashes of the Covid crisis, now is the time for a new social contract to arise
The present social contract was written when the number of taxpayers well outstripped the number of retirees. But times have changed.
Esther McVey: We should honour our manifesto commitment to close the digital divide. Especially during this time of Covid.
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.
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.
When older heads avoided last month’s Commons debate, the 2019 intake rode out to defend their leader. Many will never so readily do so again.
The fourth in our mini-series of pieces from the Centre for Social Justice on the virus – and helping those in deep poverty.