Today’s figures should open up debate on how to reform the current system of tax credits and benefits. What is clear is that more needs to be done to address the growing number of people who are actively contributing to society but yet are finding it increasingly difficult just to get by.
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The poor will be the hardest hit in the long-term by the economic downturn as a result of the government’s changes to the benefits system, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS).
If the coalition is to meet its spending targets it will have to make further cuts to departmental budgets.
As the DWP publishes its annual Households Below Average Income figures, coalition policies are cancelling out a decade’s progress in tackling child poverty.
Alex Hern reports on Ed Balls’s active background role in today’s Prime Minister’s Questions, and his canny prepared graph.
The IFS has disputed Danny Alexander’s claim that 80 per cent of families will be “better off” as a result of the tax and benefit changes coming into force today.
The evidence suggests that the answer to Michael Gove’s question is ‘yes’ – Education Maintenacne Allowance was socially just, explains ippr’s Jonathan Clifton.
Plaid Cymru have dubbed as “significant” new research making clear that the Barnett Formula is underfunding Wales, reports Ed Jacobs.
The respected Institute for Fiscal Studies think tank today urged George Osborne to prepare a ‘Plan B’ for fiscal consolidation in case growth prospects deteriorate.