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Do people really 'get used to a life on benefits'?

Daniel Sage / June 29, 2015 at 8:36 PM 997 views

The cornerstone of the Coalition's welfare reform agenda is the idea of 'welfare dependency'. That people, as they remain reliant on the social security system, acclimatise to being unemployed: they no longer want to work, they adapt to a life…

Have universal benefits had their day?

Daniel Sage / June 29, 2015 at 8:35 PM 590 views

This week, Labour has made some (potentially) significant shifts in its welfare policy. On Monday, Ed Balls announced that a future Labour government would seek to means-test the universal Winter Fuel Allowance. And today, the BBC report that Ed Miliband will state…

Welfare manifesto watch: Labour

Daniel Sage / April 13, 2015 at 1:39 PM 625 views

During this week, when most of the major UK parties are releasing their general election manifestos, I'll be taking a look at what each party is offering on welfare.  Despite being usurped by immigration and the health service during the…

Labour is ahead on welfare – what’s going on?

Daniel Sage / September 29, 2014 at 10:17 AM 472 views

Some findings from an opinion poll caught my attention in yesterday's Sunday Times, with the graphic below showing who the public trusts on specific policy areas.  As we might expect, David Cameron and the Tories are more trusted than Ed…

Labour is ahead on welfare – what’s going on?

Daniel Sage / September 29, 2014 at 10:17 AM 359 views

Some findings from an opinion poll caught my attention in yesterday's Sunday Times, with the graphic below showing who the public trusts on specific policy areas.  As we might expect, David Cameron and the Tories are more trusted than Ed…

Labour is ahead on welfare – what’s going on?

Daniel Sage / September 29, 2014 at 10:17 AM 320 views

Some findings from an opinion poll caught my attention in yesterday's Sunday Times, with the graphic below showing who the public trusts on specific policy areas.  As we might expect, David Cameron and the Tories are more trusted than Ed…

Unemployment and well-being

Daniel Sage / September 25, 2014 at 2:04 PM 309 views

Well-being is rising in the UK - and analysts argue that this is due to falling unemployment.  This is an easy link to make, given that unemployment is so damaging to well-being (as well as to other indicators of health).…

Unemployment and well-being

Daniel Sage / September 25, 2014 at 2:04 PM 326 views

Well-being is rising in the UK - and analysts argue that this is due to falling unemployment.  This is an easy link to make, given that unemployment is so damaging to well-being (as well as to other indicators of health).…

Unemployment and well-being

Daniel Sage / September 25, 2014 at 2:04 PM 406 views

Well-being is rising in the UK - and analysts argue that this is due to falling unemployment.  This is an easy link to make, given that unemployment is so damaging to well-being (as well as to other indicators of health).…