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“Long term, sustainable, healthy growth that pays for our NHS and schools, finds jobs for young people, and provides a safety net for older people all whilst making our country one of the most prosperous in the world.”
Dealing with mental health issues or traffic violations leaves our forces with less time to tackle the crimes we rightly expect them to solve.
It is absurd to keep demanding citizens prove their identity whilst making a pious stand against giving them an easy way to do so.
Recent governments have strained to take ever-larger numbers out of income tax whilst maintaining a large welfare state. The problem is whether this is sustainable.
Ministers can make the system more generous, easier to access, and contributory – but must rediscover their appetite for reform.
Our new paper from the Adam Smith Institute finds there is more political space to deliver one than the politicians might imagine.
Courts left trying to work out whether benefit levels, pensions, or other cash transfers are enough to avoid poverty, with the public spending consequences not figuring at all.
The pandemic showed that the current safety net has big gaps in it. Here’s how to fill them without further draining the public purse.
For every new Universal Credit Claimant without enough savings to cover the five-week wait, we should start paying benefits at the same frequency as they were being paid in their previous job.
His comments follow criticism from Penny Mordaunt that welfare rates should rise in line with inflation.
With war tipping economies into a downturn across the world, unemployment will be near the top of the in-tray for the new PM. But long-term problems with the welfare state remain.
The effect of benefit policy changes on the incomes of working-age adults and children since 2010 has been an average loss of £375 per year compared with a boost to pensioners of £510 per year.
When numerous existing schemes are ill-publicised or difficult to sign up for, vulnerable people miss out on much-needed help.
Universal Support was always meant to sit alongside Universal Credit, specifically focused on helping written-off groups. But it was cut by an impecunious Treasury.