Richard Exell at the ToUChstone blog provides a good summary on the NAO’s report on Universal Credit, which slammed the hitherto failure to roll out the scheme, and what went wrong at the DWP.
At the JRF blog, Katie Schmuecker argues that Universal Credit needs to be put on the right track, not abandoned. “Poor implementation and a design that doesn’t live up to the principles of UC are in serious danger of undermining what is, at heart, a good idea.”
The Though Cowards Flinch blog speaks out in defense of zero-hour contracts. “The wider point is about tools in the right and wrong hands, and the tendency to focus on the tools, not the hands wielding them, in a way which does a disservice in the long run to those the left is supposed to be serving.”
Diane Coyle over at the Enlightened Economist looks at the intellectual impact of the celebrated economist Ronald Coase, who died this week. In particular his influence on the work of Elinor Ostrom and Oliver Williamson.
An SNP/Panelbase survey showed a one point lead for the Yes side. John Curtice, on the What Scotland Thinks blog, says this is not something to get excited about, saying “[t]here is good reason to believe that the particularly favourable result for the Yes side is a consequence of the way in which the poll was conducted. That, however, is not to say it should be ignored.”