The road to a jobs recovery is longer than it seems

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Jobs, Skills and Pay

This post originally appeared on the Huffington Post For anyone hoping to sift a nugget of gold from recent economic data, employment stats have been the place to look. In the past year, the number of people working in the UK has risen faster than at any time since 1989, a remarkable performance from an economy … Continued

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Low Pay Is Fast Becoming a Defining Challenge of Our Age

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This post originally appeared on the Huffington Post You can tell a lot about a downturn by the image that comes to define it. From queues outside job centres in the 1970s and early 1980s to the poll tax riots that preceded the early 1990s recession, the pictures that stick in the mind have a habit … Continued

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The Childcare Announcement That Never Was

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Tax and Welfare

This blog originally appeared on the Huffington Post Uncertainty continues to cloud the government’s plans on childcare. Latest rumours suggest they may now delay any big announcement until after the budget. If government sources are to be believed, the most recent plans have been scuppered by a tag team of HMT officials and senior Lib Dems. The Treasury is … Continued

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The Coalition’s Childcare Policy Moves in Mysterious Ways

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This post orginally appeared on The Huffingtom Post blog There may have been few details in Monday’s renewal of Coalition vows but one key policy continues to invite debate: the government’s plans for childcare. Much remains uncertain but it does now seem clear that the government hopes to use tax relief as its key way of … Continued

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On Childcare, Tax Breaks for Nannies Can’t Be the Answer

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This post originally appeared on the Huffington Post Few political debates have made more progress in 2012 than that around childcare. In the past 12 months, all threemajor parties have come to see reform as an economic and political necessity. Although hard policy proposals are yet to emerge, it’s now clear that one yardstick for 2015 will be the … Continued

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Clegg’s Score-draw on Women’s Work

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This post originally appeared on the Huffington Post The coalition recognised long ago it has a major problem with women. This morning’s speech from the deputy prime pinister was one of the first major attempts to address this challenge through policy. The speech, drawing heavily on the Resolution Foundation report The Missing Million, looked at how to raise female employment through … Continued

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