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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.
The pandemic has acted as a gargantuan stress-test, accelerating new couples and putting extra strain on those already struggling.
Rather than cutting Universal Credit, Rishi Sunak should use this moment to build the resilient welfare state the UK has long needed.
The reversal of the £20-a-week increase in Universal Credit would cost six million families £1,040 a year.
Welfare, once an issue that raised Tory spirits, is now a source of gloom.
I always saw the appeal of living by myself. But during lockdown, it feels less like liberation and more like solitary confinement.
The pandemic scheme, which helped people off the streets within 72 hours, offered only temporary relief. This winter, rough sleeping is on the rise again.