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    How many judicial review cases are received by UK government departments?

How many judicial review cases are received by UK government departments?

In a recent debate in Parliament, the secretary for justice Chris Grayling was unable to provide a number when asked how many judicial review cases are brought against government ministries. Ruth Dixon looks at the numbers, finding no evidence of an explosion of judicial challenges to central government departments.

During a debate in parliament on 1 December, Chris Grayling (Lord Chancellor and Secretary […]

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    New evidence shows people use food banks due to the negative effects of welfare reform

New evidence shows people use food banks due to the negative effects of welfare reform

The use of food banks has been rising in the UK in the last few years. However, not much is concretely known about what is actually driving this trend. Moussa Haddad presents the findings of new research which identifies both the broader context of food bank users’ lives and the immediate triggers for their referral. The research shows that the immediate income crisis […]

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    Having a legal right to settled accommodation empowers homeless people in Scotland

Having a legal right to settled accommodation empowers homeless people in Scotland

Scotland is exceptionally unusual in granting virtually all homeless people a legal entitlement to settled accommodation. Drawing on comparative research with single homeless men in Scotland and Ireland, Beth Watts asks what difference such legal rights really make to experiences of homelessness.

Should access to housing for homeless people be a legal right? Though housing tends to be seen as […]

Universal Credit has more than just an IT problem

There has been another setback for the government’s flagship welfare reform programme, Universal Credit. David Finch explains the issues, writing that under the current plans for UC, some of the information that claimants will be required to provide will be difficult to get right. 
The program to deliver Universal Credit (UC) has already been reset by the Major Projects Authority, and now […]

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    The idea that there is a welfare-dependent underclass is wrong

The idea that there is a welfare-dependent underclass is wrong

A new book by John Hills explores key issues in the current debate about ‘welfare’ and the welfare state. The debate contrasts a stagnant group of people benefiting from it all with the rest who pay in and get nothing back – ‘skivers’ against ‘strivers’. John explains how, because people’s lives and circumstances change, most of us get back something at least close […]

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    Single parents owed child maintenance arrears should not get their hopes up following the government’s latest announcement of tough new action

Single parents owed child maintenance arrears should not get their hopes up following the government’s latest announcement of tough new action

The government announced that parents who default on child maintenance payments will be referred to credit reference agencies, potentially leading to the refusal of loans and other credit instruments to parents in arrears. We should temper our optimism, however, says Janet Allbeson. There is a very clear danger that the new Child Maintenance Service will prove reluctant to use the new enforcement […]

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    Addressing the cost of living from a poverty perspective requires a multipronged approach

Addressing the cost of living from a poverty perspective requires a multipronged approach

In this article, Adam Tinson summarises a report into how those in poverty experience the cost of living. It finds that the interaction between poverty and the cost of living is complicated and multi-faceted. The response will therefore require a range of action from regulators, private companies, consumers and the third sector.

Even though CPI inflation is currently running well below target […]

Five reasons why it’s difficult to privatise the police

The coalition government’s austerity drive has hit the police service particularly hard, leading to radical change. Here, Adam White explains why the policy of privatising front-line services to save money has been so difficult.

Over the past few years, the police have been thinking the unthinkable. Faced with a 20 per cent budget cut courtesy of the coalition’s severe post-financial […]

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