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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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    The Greater Manchester Agreement is only a small step towards greater devolution in England

The Greater Manchester Agreement is only a small step towards greater devolution in England

This week, George Osborne announced an agreement to devolve powers to the Greater Manchester area. Tony Travers reviews the agreement and finds that, while any devolution in a country as centralised as England is to be encouraged, the deal is modest and conditional in nature and suggestive of a long, laborious road to further devolution in England.

George Osborne’s decision to give Greater Manchester (GM) more powers is a […]

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    The ‘Devo Manc’ proposals represent centralisation on steroids

The ‘Devo Manc’ proposals represent centralisation on steroids

The government has attempted to portray the ‘Devo Manc’ proposals for governance change in Manchester as a bold step towards the decentralisation of power in England. Here, Robin Hambleton, explains how the proposals actually represent an extraordinary boost to top down government in a state that is already one of the most centralised in the Western world.

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    Lyons and London: Labour’s latest housing review should not ignore initiatives in the capital

Lyons and London: Labour’s latest housing review should not ignore initiatives in the capital

Labour’s housing commission has just published a set of proposals for building new homes. Christine Whitehead, a member of the LSE’s Housing in London project, which is looking into ways of addressing the supply crisis, reviews the report. She writes that there is an oddly brief section specific to London, even though the city’s housing needs make up at least 25 per cent of […]

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    Merkel has not issued an ultimatum to the UK over free movement, but there is growing German frustration at David Cameron’s approach to the EU

Merkel has not issued an ultimatum to the UK over free movement, but there is growing German frustration at David Cameron’s approach to the EU

An article in the German news magazine Der Spiegel generated headlines in the UK press over the weekend when it appeared to suggest Germany would rather let Britain leave the EU than accept changes to EU free movement rules. Imke Henkel writes that while the reaction in the UK to the comments has been somewhat overblown, there is nevertheless growing […]

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    The three-point policy solution to the UK’s housing crisis

The three-point policy solution to the UK’s housing crisis

While politicians of all stripes talk about the need to build more homes, very little detail has been unveiled for how they will actually be built, writes Andrew Carter. A new report by the Centre for Cities details three necessary components: the density of housing within existing city boundaries needs to be increased; some parts of greenbelts need to […]

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    The prevalence of low pay in Britain remains stubbornly high

The prevalence of low pay in Britain remains stubbornly high

Over 20 per cent of British workers earn under two thirds of the median hourly wage, or £7.69 an hour. Adam Corlett writes that any concerted attempt to reduce the prevalence of low pay will also need to get to grips with the changing sectoral, demographic and distributional factors that keep Britain near the top of the low pay league […]

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    The Home Office report on drugs is emblematic of the global shift towards re-evaluating current drug policies

The Home Office report on drugs is emblematic of the global shift towards re-evaluating current drug policies

The Home Office has just released a report that finds no evidence that criminalising drug use has any effect on consumption rates. John Collins welcomes the report, writing that the evidence has been clear for a long time that criminalisation not only fails to curb consumption and supply but also has a highly detrimental impact on public health. He writes that […]