Yesterday on the pages of this blog, Stewart Lansley claimed that I had “hurled a hand grenade” into the poverty debate by urging Labour to rethink its approach to child poverty. Leaving aside the hyperbole of that statement, Lansley’s case seems to be that my intervention “chimes with the line being taken by the coalition” in its attempts to redefine child poverty and its causes. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Dropping the child poverty target would mean accepting a level of poverty much higher than almost all countries of comparable wealth.
Where George Osborne’s departmental cuts might fall.
National Apprenticeship week is a great opportunity to celebrate all that is good about our apprenticeships. It is imperative that the government ensure that apprenticeships are not only targeted to work for our young people, but that they provide decent, sustainable routes into employment across the UK, ensuring that our economy as a whole benefits just as much in the North as in the South.
Business minister Michael Fallon MP this week blamed both the financial crisis and the deaths in Mid Staffordshire hospital on the “regulatory culture” of the Labour years. However deregulation risks babies and bathwater territory. What we need is better and more effective regulatory systems so that failures cannot be ignored again and stakeholders are protected.
Arbitrary targets to reduce migration are unlikely to work, argues Sarah Mulley of the Institute for Public Policy Research.
Following this week’s IPPR paper on the subject, Jill Rutter looks at the principles of migration policy.
IPPR’s Tony Dolphin offers his outlook for 2013 and damns the lack of vision on the part of the coalition’s economic plan for the year ahead.
IPPR’s Amna Silim presents the latest Left Foot Forward economic update, for December 2012.
With the first wellbeing statistics due out tomorrow, Graeme Henderson challenges David Cameron to actually use the data to influence policy.