Decent welfare we can afford

Peter Taylor-Gooby

Two myths dominate debates about welfare. First, fair social provision is desirable but we can no longer afford it, because an ageing population puts extra pressures on pensions and health and social care. Second, poverty bears most severely on low-paid and unemployed people and single parents, but it’s hard to do much, because most voters…


The Inequality Boom

Howard Reed

Howard Reed finds that the impact of the coalition’s tax and benefit measures could end being as bad for inequality as the Thatcher government’s record. Turning the tide needs to be at the heart of Labour’s strategy for government Concern about the extreme inequalities of incomes produced by capitalist societies has traditionally been a central…


‘Cradle to Grave’ for new times

Katie Ghose

A few days ago I heard a homeless woman say she’d ‘worked all her life’ but ended up on the streets. Perhaps she’s the tip of the iceberg. A growing number of working people are relying on food banks, working too few hours or for too little money to buy enough food for the week….

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