It is not hard to understand why people here are having fewer babies. The Foundation quotes an OECD estimate that the typical working couple in the UK spend 22 per cent of their income on full-time childcare, about double the average rate for Western economies.
This was as good a deal as the OECD could probably have got. The UN could not, I very strongly suspect, have delivered anything better than this. To pretend otherwise is absurd, and does no one any credit.
Sadly the burning question for more and more households this winter will be “eating or heating?” A huge increase in the wholesale price of gas, added to other tough economic factors, will leave millions being forced to make hard choices this winter to avoid falling into debt.
Should the minimum wage rate reflect what employers can afford, or what people need to live? Did the Labour party make the right call?
There are more than half a million children in the UK who are destitute, and in some parts of the country half of all children live in relative poverty.
Open letter to North Norfolk MP Duncan Baker: “Surely it should be a criminal offence to encourage and help people to avoid paying taxes the government imposes and relies upon in order to fund public services, defence and policing?”
The National Insurance increase is impossible to justify. People living in expensive homes should pay their way when they go into care.
Make not paying your full tax bill, at 22 per cent up to the top rate of 40 per cent, a strict liability offence for which there is no defence. Put avoidance on a par with evasion.
The British labour market is going through a massive upheaval. The UK’s population has shrunk for the first time for decades. Covid has led to large numbers of people working in new ways. Many sectors are reporting shortages of labour. The government hopes that the gaps will be filled by British workers. But is this possible?
The government’s planned cuts to Universal Credit will hit one family in five in East Anglia. Will the region’s Conservative MPs dare to back the Chancellor’s plan?