Wednesday

The unnoticed success of welfare reform.

The big story in British welfare has been missed. The activity rate has risen. Sounds technical? It just means that more people are available for work. That is really important. The big thing that happened as the welfare state got … Continue reading

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Thursday

Parents who need parenting and dumbing down – tales from the education front line.

I have come across some notes I made a few months ago about some things said by a head of a primary school in London and his assistant head. The school does well but the head was emphasising that he … Continue reading

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Monday

Is there a couple penalty?

Good piece by Neil O’Brien here. I agree with him that housing is a vitally important part of the benefits system. It should not be regarded as outside it. The effects on couple formation are very important. In those countries … Continue reading

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Wednesday

Mass food insecurity in America

The following figures are according to Feeding America. The first sentence is among the most interesting. But the overall scale of the claimed ‘food insecurity’ is astonishing. Are the figures telling us the whole, genuine picture or are they misleading? … Continue reading

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Wednesday

Poor mothers struggle ‘because of unwed pregnancy’

The following is from a commentary by Lawrence Mead in a publication of the Institute of Poverty Research: The main reason that poor mothers are struggling today has nothing to do with these changes—rather, it is the sharp rise in … Continue reading

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Tuesday

Want to go to the toilet? Then we better call for an escort.

Snapshot of a public (ie state)  middle school in San Francisco: when I was waiting in reception to see the headmaster, I heard the receptionist talking on a two way radio to somebody about an ‘escort’. Later I asked the … Continue reading

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Wednesday

20% of children at a school ‘should be in care’

I went to a discussion on child poverty at the Policy Exchange on Monday. Frank Field, who has a long track record in this area, said there were three things he wanted to say: 1. Existing methods of assessting poverty … Continue reading

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Friday

This is what needs to be said about child abuse – it is what the children’s charities should say but fail to

…having worked in this field for a number of years, I am increasingly sceptical about our willingness to openly address very contentious issues that are highly relevant to the welfare of children. Some big silences remain in the debate about … Continue reading

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Friday

The ‘coming apart’ of American society which has similarities with what has happened in many other countries

Today, Murray demonstrates, there is an archipelago of affluent enclaves clustered around the coastal cities, Chicago, Dallas and so on. If you’re born into one of them, you will probably go to college with people from one of the enclaves; … Continue reading

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Saturday

Discriminating against mothers who want to stay at home and look after their children

There was some controversy yesterday over the British Government’s intention to make some change to its removal of child benefit from higher rate taxpayers. This measure was manifestly unfair because it meant the benefit would be paid to a couple … Continue reading

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