We can’t (tax) cut our way out of the tax credit problem

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Tax and Welfare

When it comes to this April’s tax credit cuts we’re now swiftly approaching t‎he point where everyone accepts there is a problem, and starts to ask the real question – what is the solution? ‎ Forthcoming work from the Resolution Foundation will look at the issue in detail, but it’s worth sketching out the parameters … Continued

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Why Britain is no longer in America’s shadow on employment

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Incomes and Inequality

The US approach to working-age welfare may come in for criticism in some quarters for failing to offer much support to those who fall out of work, but at least it delivers strong employment outcomes. Not like in the UK of course. While not quite as generous as some of our European neighbours, out-of-work welfare … Continued

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How do we tackle Britain’s huge, shifting poverty challenge?

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Incomes and Inequality

UK poverty rates have been falling relatively steadily since the start of the 1990s. Policy changes have led to particularly significant reductions among pensioners and children. But much less progress has been made among adults without children; and current projections suggest that many of the improvements of recent decades will go into reverse over the … Continued

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The poverty challenge remains – but its nature is changing

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Incomes and Inequality

Today’s annual poverty update from the DWP is, on the face of it, fairly encouraging.  Despite the poor state of the economy in 2012-13 – the period the latest figures relate to – child poverty edged down slightly, to 17 per cent from 18 per cent in 2011-12. Having fallen quite sharply at the start of the … Continued

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