Tag Archives: Welfare

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Banks should compete over help with financial wellbeing

The Social Market Foundation said that new “consumer duty” rules being introduced by the Financial Conduct Authority should drive financial services firms to improve the way they offer support to...
Published: 15 February 2022
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Companies ignore poverty despite ESG promises, new research shows

The Social Market Foundation think-tank found that FTSE-100 companies are 64 times more likely to address environmental issues than to discuss poverty in their statements about Environmental, Social and Governance...
Published: 23 January 2022
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Wealthy pensioners face £30,000 one-off charge to fund social care

The Social Market Foundation said the levy – which could be paid immediately or deferred until death – was the only fair way to raise enough money to properly fund...
Published: 20 September 2018
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Report urges government to consider radical new sickness and disability insurance scheme

A new report from the Social Market Foundation think tank calls on the Government to launch a major public consultation to design a radical new system of social insurance that provides all firms and employees access to expert advice and support when an employee experiences the onset of a serious health condition or disability.
Published: 20 October 2016
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Low paid self-employed will be ‘worse off’ under Universal Credit

New research, released today by the Social Market Foundation (SMF), warns that around 40% of families (over 190,000 families) with self-employed earners who are in receipt of in-work benefits are likely to be worse off under Universal Credit.
Published: 18 October 2016
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Compassion, not cuts, must continue to come first for new Secretary of State

New Work & Pensions Secretary Stephen Crabb must stand up for social justice against short-term Treasury cuts
Published: 19 March 2016
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PRESS RELEASE: New report urges end to sanctions in disability benefit system

A new report released today by the Social Market Foundation think-tank warns that, while effective for some, the threat of sanctions can do more harm than good and has not improved employment outcomes for disabled people.
Published: 11 March 2016
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SMF response to the Spending Review: Osborne has been thrown a lifeline by the OBR and Bank of England

The Social Market Foundation’s response to the 2015 Spending Review and Autumn Statement. Here we examine the impact of the OBR's revised forecasting on the Chancellor's spending and deficit plans; what the Tax Credits U-turn means; whether the increase in affordable housing will really help those who want to get on the housing ladder; and, if the government has missed a vital opportunity for further welfare reform.
Published: 25 November 2015
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PRESS RELEASE: Earnings key to solving Chancellor’s Spending Review conundrum

New SMF and JRF report shows Treasury could save £4.1 billion by helping in-work tax credit claimants earn £30 a week more.
Published: 19 November 2015
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