The idea of a Citizen’s Income has been embraced by thinkers from both left and right. But would it work? Malcolm Torry looks at the evidence.
Although radical reforms to the social security system have been made by the Coalition Government, many believe they have not gone far enough. A new report argues that a clear link is needed between what people pay in and what they can expect to get out of the system.
The years since 1990 have been littered with policy failures rooted in a misunderstanding of ordinary households. So says Professor Sir Ivor Crewe of Oxford University, who believes large scale household surveys like Understanding Society could help policy makers and politicians get it right.
Council tax debt is now the biggest source of personal debt for its clients according to new figures released by the Citizen’s Advice Bureau which also show a steep rise in indebtedness since the second quarter of 2013. More than one in five of its clients are now in arrears on their council tax payments.
Almost 70% of us believe that the well off pay a larger percentage of their income in tax than those in the lowest income brackets, according to a new survey undertaken for the Equality Trust. The reality is different; a household in the bottom 10% pays 43% of its income in tax whilst average and […]
A range of tax giveaways and subsidies to business were announced in last month’s Budget, but who exactly will they help? And, perhaps more important, who won’t they help?
Most analyses of of the impacts of taxes and benefit are use data taken from a single point in time; but an individual’s circumstances change over time. So should we take a longer view?
David Cameron’s pledge to raise the threshold for death taxes could cost the Treasury several billion pounds per year by 2019, according to a new Observation from the Institute of Fiscal Studies. The paper argues a more fundamental reform would be preferable.
The Government says its Transferable Tax Allowance for married couples rewards couples that have taken a vow of commitment to each other. But some argue the policy is deeply flawed.
Many single parents will be significantly worse off under the new universal credit system according to research published today. Caroline Davey, Director of Policy Advice and Communications from the charity, Gingerbread, argues that if the government is to meet its objective of always making work pay then there need to be changes to the system.