1st February 2013

Universal Credit and Council Tax Benefit localisation

In an article in The Guardian on the 10th September Frank Field MP raised serious concerns about both the principle and the viability of ‘Universal Credit’ ( – we use Read More

27th January 2013

GDP-anxiety: A solution

The quarterly growth figures published today by the Office of National Statistics show that the UK economy shrank by 0.3%. This quarterly publication has become a moment of anxiety for Read More

15th January 2013

A step on the road to a Citizen’s Income

The Coalition Government’s announcement that a single-tier state pension will be introduced in 2017 is a step closer to an unconditional Citizen’s Pension. The state second pension will be merged Read More

5th January 2013

A difficult year for claimants and staff

2013 won’t be an easy year for the UK’s benefits system: it won’t be easy for people reliant on benefits, and it won’t be easy for Department for Work and Read More

1st October 2012

Why Austerity is the Wrong Answer to Debt: A Call for a New Paradigm

The delinkage of productivity and real wages is the underlying cause of the economic crisis. As a result of this delinking, consumer income has lagged output GDP, and the gap Read More

1st October 2012

A localised Council Tax Benefit

The Government is planning to localise Council Tax Benefit. Local authorities, which currently administer a national scheme, will be asked to invent their own schemes. At the same time, the Read More

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