It’s good that the absurd telephone charges have been scrapped – but the bigger problem remains unresolved.
Posts Tagged: Welfare
The rebels are right – Universal Credit is a good reform, endangered by a poor decision on its implementation
Ministers would do well to listen to their colleagues who want to improve – not destroy – this laudable change to the welfare system.
It needs investment, but is a vast improvement on the system it replaces. The MPs who want a delay are misguided.
Whatever you think about the various political successes and failures of the past years, it is sobering for Conservatives to recognise that their party’s unrest could lead to Corbyn in charge.
Alex Burghart: Why Universal Credit is needed. How it helps people find work. And what must be done to make it even better.
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.
It was the former Prime Minister himself who presided over the drawing up of the Article 50 process from which there is no known means of resiling.
Between 1997 and 2005, public sector spending rose from £336 billion to £517 billion a year. But its output has increased little, so its productivity has fallen dramatically.
The famous four-year ban on benefits was watered down to homeopathic proportions during the EU negotiation. Leaving will allow for the real thing.
“We’re badly trailing in the polls. Corbyn’s up and you’re down. You hired me to get things done and tell you how I see it. Here goes.”
Bruce Newsome: Law enforcement, not community engagement, is the way to stop extremists becoming terrorists
Instead of seeking yet more powers, the Government should use those already at its disposal to nip extremism in the bud.
Garvan Walshe: The Taylor review is a distraction. The real problem facing Britain is that our Welfare State is bust.
Uncomfortable though it is to admit, we run our public finances like a Ponzi scheme. The only way out of this mess is to improve our terrible productivity.
Daniel Hannan: Sooner or later, you run out of spending other people’s money. And it’s young people who foot the bill.
The left cries “Growth not austerity”. Seriously, comrades, if it were that easy, don’t you think someone would have done it by now?
A lot on Brexit; not much elsewhere. The lack of a majority leaves the Prime Minister exposed – whatever may happen with the DUP.
If promising a social care cap hasn’t closed the issue down, it might yet be necessary to specify the upper limit
If it keeps coming up on the doorstep, the same might be needed for the level of means-testing Winter Fuel Payments.
I strongly believe that the region is poised at one of the most exciting and opportunity-rich junctures of its post-modern history.