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Arbitrary lines, short-term approaches and small statistical gains

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:37 PM 1,094 views

Last week, the latest figures for ‘troubled families’ whose lives have been ‘turned round’ were released. The figures, showing that 14,000 families had been ‘turned round’ were accompanied by a press release, a written statement to parliament and various interviews where the achievements of the…

A responsible approach?

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:36 PM 1,287 views

Today [6th September] sees the publication of a National Audit Office report into Universal Credit. Many of the morning’s newspapers are carrying this story and, earlier this week, the Telegraph featured an interview with Howard Shiplee, the Director-General for Universal Credit in…

From the archive: The (invisible) problem of riches

/ August 5, 2013 at 8:36 PM 2,784 views

Last week on this blog, Jonathan Bradshaw argued that our ‘benefits system’ wasn’t broken and highlighted how the tax system in the UK did not do anything to help tackle poverty as it failed to redistribute wealth effectively. Whilst the tax system…

From the archive: The impoverishment of the UK

/ March 28, 2013 at 8:33 PM 2,330 views

The Poverty and Social Exclusion Team have just published their first report ‘The Impoverishment of the UK’ which documents the deprivation suffered by a growing number of people living below what the public agrees is a minimum standard of living. It is the result of…