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The truth behind the latest poverty statistics

Robert Tinker

Yesterday the DWP published updated statistics on poverty in Britain. As predicted here, despite being four years into an austerity parliament the publication of the Households Below Average Income (HBAI) for 2012-13 shows that poverty (relative and absolute) unchanged on the previous year. For a country half way through an unprecedented period of economic adjustment,…

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Work and business: Fixing Universal Credit

Lindsay Judge

Many like to depict universal credit (UC) as the great British cock-up – a wasteful white elephant that is over-budget, over-time and over-sold by the current government on every occasion. But beyond its many management failures so carefully documented last year by the National Audit Office, is UC a good idea? And perhaps more pertinently…

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Within Reach: focusing on the person

Lisa Nandy MP

In 1839 Thomas Carlyle said “the condition of the great body of people in a country is the condition of the country itself”, and yet 175 years later we still fail too many people with multiple, complex needs who are acutely in need of our help. Typically we start in the wrong place, with the…

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