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    Farewell Whitehall, hello Red Square? On Gove and the ‘privilege of public service’

Farewell Whitehall, hello Red Square? On Gove and the ‘privilege of public service’

In a recent attempt to reset the political agenda as the UK comes out of lockdown, Michael Gove gave a speech focusing on Whitehall reform. Abby Innes outlines the similarities between the government’s promised strategy and (failed) attempts to transform the USSR.

On the face of it, Michael Gove’s Ditchley Annual Lecture is a shrewd piece of politics. It […]

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    The impact of DWP benefit sanctions on anxiety and depression

The impact of DWP benefit sanctions on anxiety and depression

Evan Williams presents evidence showing that benefit sanctions lead to increases in claimants’ anxiety and depression, and argues that a re-assessment of the role of sanctions is needed as the UK slowly emerges from lockdown.

In response to enduring high unemployment after the 2008 financial crisis, the Coalition Government (2010-15) relied on a ‘massive campaign of sanctions’ to reduce benefit […]

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    Why has the pandemic increased support for Universal Basic Income?

Why has the pandemic increased support for Universal Basic Income?

COVID-19 has led to a marked increase in positive discussion of Universal Basic Income in political and media circles. Yet we do not know whether there has been a corresponding increase in support for the policy in the public at large, and if so why. Daniel Nettle presents two studies on this question carried out in April and May […]

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    Direct cash transfers to households: the Bank of England’s response to COVID-19 and the end of orthodoxy

Direct cash transfers to households: the Bank of England’s response to COVID-19 and the end of orthodoxy

With the Bank of England likely to announce a further £200bn of monetary economic stimulus soon to combat the economic impact of the coronavirus crisis, Caroline Bentham argues they should think carefully about what they do with the money. She makes the case for a different design of central bank monetary stimulus – direct money transfers to households – […]

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    Economic democracy: We must restructure the economy, not return it to its pre-COVID-19 state

Economic democracy: We must restructure the economy, not return it to its pre-COVID-19 state

Felix FitzRoy and David Spencer highlight some fundamental problems of UK economic policy, as exposed and exacerbated by the lockdown. They write that, alongside the temporary emergency measures adopted, there is an urgent need for wider reforms, based on the goal of promoting economic democracy.

The COVID-19 crisis has presented clear challenges for UK economic policy. It has meant the […]

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    No Recourse to Public Funds: More than a quick fix needed for immigration rules

No Recourse to Public Funds: More than a quick fix needed for immigration rules

The Prime Minister recently appeared surprised to hear that most non-EEA migrants with temporary leave to remain in the UK are not eligible to claim benefits, and hinted at a review in the light of COVID-19. Alan Manning argues the system needs long-term reform, not just a quick fix during the pandemic.

At the recent Commons’ Liaison Committee meeting, Boris […]

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    Abolishing the NHS surcharge for health and care workers is not as generous as it sounds – a pay rise is needed

Abolishing the NHS surcharge for health and care workers is not as generous as it sounds – a pay rise is needed

The government was recently been forced to re-think its plans to continue charging workers in health and social care for using the NHS. But how many pay the surcharge and how much would it cost to abolish it? In answering these questions, Alan Manning explains why the gesture is not as as generous as many might think; more needs […]

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    COVID-19 and the Welsh economy: an extraordinary challenge, but also an opportunity

COVID-19 and the Welsh economy: an extraordinary challenge, but also an opportunity

Craig Johnson summarises some of the economic challenges facing Wales in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. He writes that alongside these difficulties, there are also opportunities to make positive changes in order to bolster economic recovery and resilience.

The COVID-19 pandemic is having a profound impact on the Welsh economy. It is an unprecedented shock to a Welsh […]