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The government’s vow to tackle regional divides will be significantly easier if the social security system isn’t undermining this ambition.
We need to lift the burden of risk that we are loading onto young people.
Philip Hammond is expected to address intergenerational unfairness in the Budget.
Record employment is not a position to be sniffed at, but we shouldn’t be satisfied that this is as good as it gets.
None of the official wage measures include the self-employed – who are 4.5m people – one in seven of all workers.
Almost three in 10 of all those on the contracts are looking to work more hours.