The coalition’s £11bn stealth cut

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Public Finances and the Economy

A technical quirk will allow the government to skim small amounts each year from lower income households.What’s the biggest cut George Osborne has made as Chancellor? Scroll through the Budget Red Book and the answer may surprise you. There’s the removal of child benefit from higher rate taxpayers, clocking in at £2.5bn by the end of the … Continued

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New figures show women’s employment prospects the worst for decades

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Jobs, Skills and Pay

With the coalition’s efforts to win back female voters in the news today, this morning’s new employment stats (pdf) couldn’t have come at a worse time. The figures on women’s employment are terrible. First, underemployment – an area of particular importance to women in the jobs market – has reached historic highs: • The number of people … Continued

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The coalition’s woes with women

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Jobs, Skills and Pay

If you want to see a fearful expression, talk to senior coalition members about shifting patterns of support among women voters. Call it a cold-sweat, or a premature onset of mid-term jitters — they are distinctly, indisputably on edge. Which is odd, at least on the face of it, given that the Conservatives — if … Continued

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Taxing times for the coalition (contd…)

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Tax and Welfare

Just in case there was any risk of the coalition row on tax policy cooling down for a day or two, along comes a new report today, Tax and the Coalition, to fan the flames.We do, of course, need to bear in mind that in this choppy pre-party conference period, there is bound to be a … Continued

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Telling the story of the recession

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Incomes and Inequality

One of the toughest challenges of economic policy is effective and timely communication.  Few Governments will survive long if their economic message is out of alignment with what people are feeling.  That’s why when ministers point to ‘green shoots’ too early you can expect a speedy retraction.  But in a subtler way, it’s also why the … Continued

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