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Extra time on Universal Credit – but the problems are just beginning
23 November 2017 by Tony Wilson

Extra time on Universal Credit – but the problems are just beginning

On page 160 of the Office for Budget Responsibility’s Economic and Fiscal Outlook is what is becoming a very familiar chart.  It shows the latest forecast for Universal Credit rollout and how these forecasts have changed...Read more »

Universal Credit – why we need to stop, now
2 October 2017 by Tony Wilson

Universal Credit – why we need to stop, now

There are times when it can be hard to know where to start. With the debate on Universal Credit (UC) reaching a fever pitch in the run up to the Conservative conference this week, this feels...Read more »

Work Local: It’s time to make devolution work
14 July 2017 by Tony Wilson

Work Local: It’s time to make devolution work

This week’s labour market statistics offered some rare good news for the government – with employment reaching new record levels and the unemployment rate touching a forty-year low.  The new Secretary of State, David Gauke, has...Read more »

Government Green Paper is welcome – but after a decade of reforms we need to get this right
3 November 2016 by Tony Wilson

Government Green Paper is welcome – but after a decade of reforms we need to get this right

 “Preventing people from falling out of work because of ill health is always better than having to pick up the pieces afterwards. So we want to support people at every stage – from out of work...Read more »

19 July 2016 by Tony Wilson

The Green Agenda

So after replacing the longest-serving Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Stephen Crabb leaves office as its briefest incumbent.  It was only three months ago that we wrote about Crabb’s huge reform agenda and the...Read more »

11 April 2016 by Tony Wilson

All change? Eight things that Stephen Crabb may (or may not) say tomorrow

Tomorrow, Stephen Crabb will give his maiden speech as Secretary of State.  So, where should he start?  Here’s eight things that he may (or may not) say:

22 March 2016 by Tony Wilson

No more welfare cuts? Unless the cap doesn’t fit.

The announcement by Stephen Crabb yesterday that there are no plans for further welfare cuts is welcome.  However it is already being called into question, and it is easy to see why: because the government had...Read more »

Welfare reform – repeating the mistakes of the past
23 June 2015 by Tony Wilson

Welfare reform – repeating the mistakes of the past

After weeks of briefing, on Monday we got the clearest indication yet that tax credits are going to bear the brunt of next month’s welfare cuts. In more ways than one, it looks like the 2015 Budget will relive the mistakes of 2010.

The benefit cap is not working – cutting it further is not the answer
11 August 2014 by Tony Wilson

The benefit cap is not working – cutting it further is not the answer

The benefit cap has always been a solution looking for a problem, and today’s headlinessuggest that Policy Exchange want to widen that search. The cap isn’t cutting benefit spending. The latest government figures suggest that the cap has reduced welfare...Read more »