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From the SMF Archive: Economist on Economist Violence

As I’m still relatively new to the Social Market Foundation, I’m doing a new blog series which delves into our archive of publications. There may be nothing new under the...
Published: 11 April 2014
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Cleggian largesse? Not for the hard-pressed

Nick Clegg’s speech yesterday set out his plan to push the pace on raising the personal allowance to £10,000. From the 2012-13 level of £8,105, that would put an extra...
Published: 27 January 2012
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A passport to the mainstream

Yesterday, the Riots, Communities and Victims Panel published their final report on the causes and implications of the looting and violence that afflicted UK cities last August. Thankfully, the report...
Published: 29 March 2012
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Going cap in hand to the charities

The Chancellor’s budget decision to cap income tax relief has caused a hullabaloo. Wealthy donors and their beneficiaries are in open revolt, saying that charities will be hit hard by...
Published: 17 April 2012
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Will the real employment minister please stand up?

Today’s unemployment figures showed some rare good news. The headline measure of unemployment is down slightly, although the numbers claiming unemployment benefits picked up a little. But everything is relative....
Published: 18 April 2012
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Why it pays to save the childminders

Those OECD countries with higher female employment tend to have higher economic growth. The availability of childcare, now more than ever, is therefore essential. The Government was right in the...
Published: 13 January 2012
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Can you solve the Child Benefit conundrum?

As the Government grapples with the political and financial complexities of its pledge to remove child benefit from higher earners, Ian Mulheirn weighs up the options available and invites your...
Published: 15 January 2012
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Cyclical unemployment turning structural

Ian Mulheirn looks behind today’s jobless figures and shows why the increase in unemployment is becoming a permanent structural problem in the UK, with severe consequences for individuals and the...
Published: 18 January 2012
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Four solutions to excessive pay (and only one of them will work)

Ian Mulheirn sets out why tackling excessive pay will only work if policy focuses on its cause and not merely on its symptoms. Tomorrow Vince Cable will deliver a major...
Published: 23 January 2012
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