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  1. That is wrong. The June 2010 savings target of "nearly £2 billion" was in the projected budget for 2015 of £25 billion (reducing it to £23 billion). It was not a cut from the February 2010 figure of £20.48 billion (that would be absurd when government policy is to raise social rents by RPI + 2% and the number of HB claimants is rising).
  2. Sigh; another HPC thread on benefits where almost every post contains myth and misinformation based on nothing more than uninformed prejudice. In my view, this just discredits HPC.
  3. The OP is very one sided. It fails to mention that in the 13 years since its introduction the NMW has fallen 9% behind RPI. It should be higher.
  4. Be proactive and contribute to your community! Scout for a suitably large property - former cinema, bank, church, retail shop, hotel, or pub, preferably with potential for an outdoor seating area - and email [email protected]
  5. Not long after peak millstone.
  6. Actually, Harold Wilson at the Labour Party conference in Scarborough 1963 (although he didn't say "the white heat of technology"). 'Your favourite Conference Clips': http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/the_daily_politics/6967366.stm
  7. You mean they would be free to enter and walk around? 'Land's End': http://www.landsend-landmark.co.uk/
  8. Tax Credits are far more effective in helping the low-paid by making work pay. 'Can tax cuts alone make people better off?': http://www.litrg.org...s/2012/tax-cuts
  9. Another insightful article by Chris Dillow... 'Cameron's consistent error': http://stumblingandmumbling.typepad.com/stumbling_and_mumbling/2012/03/camerons-consistent-error.html
  10. The inevitable result of Osborne's austerity death march.
  11. With A4E, it's guilty already until proven guilty again. 'A4e forced to repay public money five times after DWP found 'irregularities'' [February 2012]: http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2012/feb/22/a4e-repay-irregularities Blunkett is now a director. 'David Blunkett and A4E.': http://intensiveactivity.wordpress.com/2012/03/16/david-blunkett-and-a4e/
  12. Indeed, although my understanding is that the business was started by her father to help redundant Sheffield steel workers find jobs. Emma then took it over after her father grew tired of it and subsequently changed its name to A4E.
  13. Won't these examples be counter-balanced by large houses in the home counties being put up from £1,950,000 to £2,150,000 to reflect displaced demand?
  14. Another interesting article from Simon Wren-Lewis... 'The UK Budget and the Political Dangers of Inequality': http://mainlymacro.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/uk-budget-and-political-dangers-of.html
  15. Typically insightful article from Chris Dillow... '45p: Power beats evidence': http://stumblingandmumbling.typepad.com/stumbling_and_mumbling/2012/03/45p-power-beat-evidence.html This comment seems to sum the issue up...
  16. No. The 50% tax band was billed as a temporary measure, so it's been a relatively easy move to defer income or shelter it by using up various tax allowances (e.g. pension plan). If the tax band had been widely believed to be a permanent feature then revenue would likely have been higher (only constrained over time by the development of avoidance schemes). Research shows that the Laffer Curve for income tax peaks at over 70%... 'The Laffer Curve Bend At 84%': http://www.slate.com/blogs/moneybox/2012/02/28/the_laffer_curve_bend_at_84_.html 'Raw Data: The Laffer Curve for the Rich': http://motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2011/11/raw-data-laffer-curve-rich
  17. It's double Dutch! They can't meet their austerity targets because of their austerity measures.
  18. Could one afford to buy or rent a home in the Cotswolds on a welder's wage?
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