The Government has sat on its hands over the National Retraining Scheme. Ministers need to deliver it – with laid-off workers in the fast lane.
Posts Tagged: Welfare
Will Green: I’m a Labour supporter – but here’s why I believe that Universal Basic Income wouldn’t work
Effectively, for much of the population, UBI would merely take their money and then give it back to them. What’s the point?
David Gauke: The virus – and my journey from serving as Lord Chancellor to volunteering to stack shelves
Plus: Treasury and Work & Pensions lessons. Greenlighters v the rest. Remembering Attlee’s surplus. And: the key question now is “how”, not “what”.
The tax benefits of being self-employed should reflect genuine value added relative to normal employment.
Neil O’Brien: We are on a terrible course. But some people are still messing about as though this were a game.
With the bazooka being well-wielded by Sunak, it seems almost churlish to suggest some further things the Treasury could do. But here are three.
By adapting the Statutory Maternity Pay system, the Chancellor’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will improve the lives of thousands of people.
The Chancellor should make further provision for them. But the vast though necessary expansion of state spending will need emergency powers-type checks.
“Getting through this will require a collective national effort with a role for everyone to pay: people, businesses, government. It’s on all of us.”
WATCH: Sunak must do more and act now 2) Duncan Smith – “Universal Credit has three basic levers that could be pulled.”
“The taper could be lowered dramatically at this stage which would push the floor right up underneath people in work.”
Some form of the scheme may be necessary as an expedient. But beware: nothing lasts so long as the temporary.
The economy and the virus. Tear up the rulebook – we need Big State Government on a scale unknown in modern times.
The implications of the crisis are such that Johnson and Sunak need not so much to think outside the box as to trample it to tatters altogether.
Britain imposes uniquely heavy burdens on low-income workers with dependants, which create a huge drag on social mobility. Profound reform is needed.
In the first piece of a mini-series, our guest author also argues the Government should look again at IR35, and make it more worthwhile to work.
Neil O’Brien: How the Conservatives can do better with younger voters. And remain a compassionate party.
After crushing Labour last year, it might be tempting to rest on our laurels. But we need to act now to keep the extreme left locked out of Number 10.
James Frayne: Ten errors that Conservatives must avoid making about the new working class voters who backed them last month
Listening to conversations in Westminster in recent days, I fear a number of misconceptions will drive bad decision-making.