Dilnot survives the Russian front… for now

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Incomes and Inequality

Social care is a minefield for politicians – and the Dilnot report offers no easy option for the government or the opposition. “One of the three Russian fronts of Whitehall”. That’s how a very senior Whitehall mandarin described social care to me over a decade ago. Alongside housing benefit and local government finance, social care … Continued

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Britain’s Recovery Rests On The Shoulders Of Suburbia

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Incomes and Inequality

Enfield, North London is trademark British suburbia. Middle-income but with patches of poverty and patches of wealth, the high street is dominated by chain stores and a scattering of chain-owned pubs. On first sight, there are few signs here that the UK is recovering slowly from a deep recession. But look closer and things don’t … Continued

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The long-term problem for “generation rent”

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Housing, Wealth and Debt

We need to stop relying on home-ownership as the only way to build wealth if we’re to have an adequate social care system.It’s been a bad few weeks for social care. First the faltering of Southern Cross, then Panorama’s revelations about abuse at residential homes. Now, the Equalities and Human Rights Commission reveals shocking levels … Continued

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Inflation hits work incentives

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Public Finances and the Economy

New inflation stats are out tomorrow and they’re expected to show further rises in CPI and RPI. Aside from their brief peak in 2008, headline rates of inflation are now at their highest levels for 19 years. That’s prompting more discussion about the way rising prices are playing out for Britain’s households, from a nice graphic … Continued

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On housing, while Ed has got it wrong, Boris has the answer

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Housing, Wealth and Debt

In his speech on social responsibility today, Ed Miliband argued that low income working people and those doing voluntary work should be given priority for council housing.While this might help position his leadership, it is misguided as a piece of housing policy. Shifting ordinary working families into social housing to replace more vulnerable groups does not fix a housing … Continued

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