Inflation alone will ensure that the allowance rises to over £11.3k and minimum wage workers will still be paying tax.
Despite the recent upturn, the still severely weakened state of our economy means we can't judge what is possible yet.
Raising the personal allowance won’t give anything to the lowest-earning five million workers.
All are blamed for the squeeze, all are being forced to compete on this terrain and all are struggling to be heard and believed, But the challenge is greatest for Labour.
The Low Pay Commission should consider setting out how the minimum wage would increase over time if the recovery is sustained.
By prioritising support for dual-earner couples, the coalition is shunning backbench Tory calls to favour the 'traditional' family.
No, but it’s struggling to catch up with the challenge of 2015.
The coalition hasn’t resolved the role the welfare system should play in supporting families with children. The impasse on childcare policy reflects this.
Making out that cutting working-age welfare won’t hurt those in work is so divorced from reality that there was always going to be backlash. None of which is to say that Osborne’s gamble won’t pay off.
A few insights from Gavin Kelly to help you navigate Osborne's fiscal arithmetic.
The Chancellor's strategy is based on faulty rules and unproven assumptions about the deficit.
All parties are desperate for measures that will make life easier for hard-pressed families. Affordable childcare is an obvious candidate.
Gloomy projections all round.
The squeeze on young people's pay is only going to get worse.
Time for a better debate about what is happening to the pay of women and men.
The coalition needs to work on a climb down.
The challenges are real, but the living wage chimes with the public mood.
Labour needs to move at pace if it’s not going to get timed-out.
The complex new student support system will result in eye-watering effective tax rates for many low-
The minimum wage has fallen back to the level it was at in 2004 – what are the prospects for a futur
"In this country we have to look upon budget promises as made of the same stuff as lover's oaths." So said Lord Salisbury, three times Conservative PM, and his words are perhaps more apt than ever given that all the love drain
... and economists love to hate.
The coalition’s travails over child benefit mean Osborne may revisit his decision to raise the perso
Do you prioritise fairness for individuals or for households? The coalition is realising you can't d
The Lib Dem leader and the coming Budget.
Our Scandinavian friends have much to teach us.
Nice or nasty, either way the economic future doesn't look great.
In a more hostile media climate, the coalition's shifts would be portrayed as crass opportunism and
It's time to start a blunter conversation about tax and spending choices.