Tax justice

Social security: making contributions count

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.

Why household surveys are key to well-judged policy

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 on the rise

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.

Tax and the perception gap

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 […]

Death to the death tax?

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.

Universal credit must make work pay for single parents

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.