The OBR’s horrid forecasts of an output implosion and soaring unemployment will do nothing to quell Tory resistance to tougher Covid tiers.
Posts Tagged: Welfare
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.
Frank Young: Educational Long Covid. Why the collapse of schooling over lockdown will haunt the poor for years to come.
The second in our mini-series of pieces from the Centre for Social Justice on the virus – and helping those in deep poverty.
Howard Flight: The rights of British citizens who live among our European neighbours must be safeguarded
These proposed Lords amendments defend the rights and social protections of British nationals and armour-plate the Withdrawal Agreement.
Syed Kamall: Rashford’s campaign calls for state action – but equally highlights the power of individuals and community
The recent debate on free school meals has shown, among many things, the impact of local civil society non-state organisations.
Philippa Stroud: The Coalition stopped officially measuring poverty – which left its successor unsighted over free schools meals
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.
Ryan Bourne: If you want to feed hungry children, don’t target food poverty. Aim to reduce poverty as a whole.
Together with tax cuts and less regulation, higher or more extensive benefits look like better support for hungry children than vouchers.
Ministers could not have handled the matter worse if they’d tried. But Paul Maynard, pictured, is championing a solution.
David Willetts: The Government is wrong to propose cutting back on Universal Credit while the triple lock remains untouched
And when it comes to paying for the crisis measures, as we must, taxes must not fall on younger workers.
Robert Halfon: Delivering social justice means feeding children properly. We’re not doing so – and we must.
The Government’s own calculations of welfare payments do not cost in the provision of a healthy diet.
Bella Wallersteiner: Let the young work, play and be free of the rule of six – while older people learn to live with the virus
It is about time we had an honest conversation about segmenting the population, with more targeted protection for the elderly and vulnerable.
Modest consolidation over decades is one thing; large increases over a Parliament would be quite another.
Covid. As Conservative MPs return to the Commons today, they should push for a faster return to normal.
With the NHS in no danger of collapse, and lower hospitalisation and death rates, test-and-trace, not lockdowns, must take the strain.