Welfare

Welfare

The moral absolution of the welfare state

Last week I overheard a conversation between two strangers where one man was telling the other how he was back in the UK to visit his terminally ill mother who is living in a nursing home. He said that he moved to Australia when he was in his early twenties […]

by × August 4, 2016 ×

Welfare

A pound of flesh: Charity, welfare  and involuntary taxation

A pound of flesh: Charity, welfare
and involuntary taxation

So it’s your 29th birthday and life is good. After working your way up through your twenties your career is finally going places, you earned that big promotion last month and can finally start looking at German cars with poor fuel economy. You’ve got a nice flat in a nice […]

by × February 18, 2016 ×

Welfare

Policy proposal: Universal Basic Income

Policy proposal: Universal Basic Income

Even if it was ever effective, the welfare state has reached its expiry date. It’s time for a successful successor. A certain form of social security has been exciting the worldwide media recently – and the craziest part is that it has the potential to align itself as a platform […]

by × January 11, 2016 ×

Welfare

Should the UK introduce a universal basic income?

Should the UK introduce a universal basic income?

For – Elena Attfield The universal basic income (UBI) is given to each citizen regardless of income and, by its sheer simplicity, reduces the inefficiency and scope of the state. A safety net should incentivise work for those who can, limit bureaucracy and market distortion and free individuals from government […]

by × December 16, 2015 ×

Welfare

Autumn statement: Listen to
the (Fried)man, George!

In his review of tax credit reforms, the Chancellor George Osborne should remember and esteem the proposals of the most influential free market economist of the 20th century. Ahead of the Autumn Statement tomorrow, during which the latest tax credit reform proposals are due to make some kind of appearance, […]

by × November 24, 2015 ×

News, Welfare

Tax credits: Osborne should defy the Lords
and stick to his guns

The rules have changed. Opponents of tax credit cuts voted to delay George Osborne’s planned cuts to tax credits last night. By doing so they have opened up a constitutional Pandora’s box. The centuries-old convention that the Lords may not oppose a government’s financial measures lies in tatters. Those celebrating […]

by × October 27, 2015 ×

Taxation, Welfare

On tax credits, I agree with Boris

On tax credits, I agree with Boris

Reducing the welfare budget is crucial and the public backs this endeavour. However, I agree in principle with the increasing concern being expressed in the party – by Boris and others – about the rapid withdrawal of tax credits. One cannot take seriously the attempt to brand the Conservatives the “workers party” […]

by × October 8, 2015 ×

News, Welfare

Iain Duncan Smith: “Thank God I’m back”

Iain Duncan Smith gave a passionate, heartfelt address to delegates in Manchester yesterday. To cheers from the Tory faithful, he affirmed his moral mission to tackle welfare dependency and attacked “nasty” left wing campaigners against welfare reform. Mr Duncan Smith is one of the most principled and good-hearted men in politics today. […]

by × October 7, 2015 ×

Economic, Welfare

Britain’s pensions timebomb: Isn’t it about time we stopped squeezing the young to insult the elderly?

Britain’s pensions timebomb: Isn’t it about
time we stopped squeezing the young to
insult the elderly?

The state pension is the single biggest item on the welfare bill. The deal behind it is an attractive one – you pay tax all your working life, so at the end of your working life the state gives some of that money back to you. You contribute to your […]

by × August 5, 2015 ×

Welfare

Life on 5p an hour: Tax credits are a ladder to nowhere. It’s time to scrap the whole rotten system.

Life on 5p an hour: Tax credits are a ladder
to nowhere. It’s time to scrap the whole
rotten system.

  Cuts to tax credits are an assault on working families. George Osborne is an uncaring monster personally engaged in a campaign of eugenics against the children of the poor! That is the message of this article by Labour mayoral hopeful David Lammy, published in the Guardian last week. At […]

by × July 28, 2015 ×

Leftwatch, News, Welfare

With apologies to Mhairi Black and Labour:
The welfare state is neither compassionate
nor fair. Kill it with fire

The Labour Party is in uproar after acting leader Harriet Harman dared to point out what the rest of us already knew: that the public mood has turned against the welfare state. Already Labour leadership candidates are lining up to attack her – with the honourable exception of Liz Kendall who is […]

by × July 15, 2015 ×

Northern Ireland, Welfare

Entitlement culture makes no moral or economic sense

Entitlement culture makes no moral or
economic sense

I’ve been searching around for a few examples of the entitlement culture that dominates Northern Ireland’s political life for a few weeks now. Partly because you hear things said that you never see written but partly because since starting CfL in Northern Ireland we’ve wanted to define exactly what we […]

by × July 3, 2015 ×