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The Conservatives’ proposed national insurance rise is effectively a tax on their opponent’s base to fund benefits for their own.
The planned cut to Universal Credit will be a test of the Tories’ willingness to make painful spending reductions.
Even with the temporary £20 increase, Universal Credit represents just 18 per cent of average weekly earnings.
New data shows 57 per cent of black adults and 65 per cent of single mothers are affected by insecure housing.
Without any irony or modishness, I’ve remained loyal to Eurovision. It’s all about the subversive excitement and the kitsch.
A successful UBI scheme has to pass three tests: adequacy, fairness and longevity.
For hundreds of thousands of people living in cold, damp and mould-ridden housing, this winter’s effects could outlast the pandemic.
Yet tax crimes cost the economy nine times more.
Test and trace is pointless without quarantining cases. But the government still isn’t ensuring that people have the financial help they need.
The vaccine roll-out is a model of the public-private innovation that governments can nurture.
The woefully inadequate food parcels sent out to needy children undermined the dignity and the basic well-being of those who received them.