Labour policy report calls for radical reform of welfare state

Labour policy report calls for radical reform of welfare state Thinktank’s report for policy review will propose benefits be linked more closely to contributions.
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What to expect from George Osborne’s autumn statement

Leaks are coming thick and fast, giving a good indication of what the chancellor will say when he stands up in the CommonsWith the UK nursing an expected deficit of more than £100bn, the bulk of George Osborne’s speech will concentrate on how to plug that hole. Overall, the chancellor is expected to tweak the […]
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Minister commissions study into civil service reform

Francis Maude hires IPPR to produce options on boosting effectiveness and political accountability of civil serviceIn an attempt to secure cross-party support for civil service reform, the Cabinet Office minister, Francis Maude, has commissioned the left-of-centre IPPR thinktank to undertake a study on how to make the civil service more effective and politically accountable.The study […]
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Car use: mind games and motor cars

Repeated pledges to drive car use down by driving its cost up are stillbornIt is billed as the last weekend of summer but, as this one reminded us, just as often the August bank holiday feels like the start of autumn. So perhaps, rather than dwell on the weather, it should be rebranded as the […]
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Housing benefit for under-25s may be scrapped

David Cameron to unveil plans to save £10bn from welfare budget by 2016, but pensioners will be protected from cutsDavid Cameron is to set out plans to scrap housing benefit for the under-25s, in a speech that will make clear pensioners are to be protected from a second wave of welfare reform.The government wants to […]
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David Miliband: Politics must change – don’t let reform be a victim of the economic crisis

Our constituents are disengaged and disaffected. For the health of our democracy, we must rejoin their world at a local levelThe two economic crises of the 20th century were the parents of dramatic changes in the political centre of gravity in western economies. The 1930s spawned welfare capitalism – a new social contract in which […]
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Government giving firms mixed signals on carbon emissions, says thinktank

Businesses need firm commitment on green technologies in order to invest in environmentally friendly industries, warns IPPRThe government needs to offer businesses a firm commitment that it believes in green technologies if it wants companies to invest in environmentally friendly industries, a thinktank warns.Research found ministers were sending “mixed signals” about their aims to reduce […]
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