“Stay at home. Protect the NHS. Saves lives” now needs to end up as “Get back to work. Protect the economy. Save livelihoods.”
Posts Tagged: Welfare
James Frayne: More welfare spending. A business tax avoidance clampdown. The new economic policy that voters will want.
One area that has had relatively little attention, but could get much more, is the behaviour of commercial landlords across the country.
Exactly a decade after forming a government with the Conservatives, the Liberal Democrats are languishing on the political fringes – where did it all go wrong?
The shutdown will be with us for the duration. What the South Korean route out of it will mean – and why it’s now necessary.
Following this road will require a transformation of how we work and live on an expectation-defying scale.
The CSJ’s proposals would bring practices in line with the private sector – and establish a new contract of fairness.
Eamonn Butler: After the lockdown. If there is a role for the state, it is in getting out of the way of recovery.
It should remove those taxes and regulations that will stop business from applying their ingenuity on the problem of rebuilding from the ruins.
Absent a clearly articulated strategy business uncertainty will heighten, and severe non-compliance is risked
Victoria Borwick: Ministers must act to stop vulnerable people falling through the gap of the Covid-19 safety net
The Government needs to expand the definition of ‘vulnerable’ to include carers and families with SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities).
John Redwood: The Government should support businesses through lockdown. But ensure a return to normality too.
Despite help being set out for companies during the pandemic, there have been issues with the implementation of schemes. Ministers must keep an eye on this.
Graham Gudgin: Speed, scale, simplicity. Three principles for further action by Ministers to protect jobs and help people.
The job now needs to be completed by shoring up workers’ incomes and firms’ revenues to as close to 100 per cent as is practical.
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.
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.