Tag Archives: paul johnson

How should we share the gain and the pain in the next Parliament?

resolutionfoundationThat was the question the Resolution Foundation posed at a Lib Dem conference fringe meeting in Glasgow last week. Some of what follows was inspired by (ie, copied from) IFS Director Paul Johnson’s excellent LibDemVoice article, Balancing the books: some unpalatable choices, published last week. Some of it I’ve previously rehearsed in my ConservativeHome column, Make no mistake, these are deep and meaningful cuts – and there’s more to come. Anyway, here’s what I said…

“The gain and the pain.” I want to congratulate the Resolution Foundation on taking a glass half-full approach to the next five years. But I also want to challenge the premise of the question. Because – and I don’t want to be too depressing in what follows – I can see quite a lot of pain and I’m at a bit of a loss to see where the gain is likely to come from. Here’s why.

Posted in Op-eds | Also tagged and | 7 Comments

A twin-track differentiation policy

Here’s my take on yesterday’s speech by Nick Clegg, along with some further analysis from the IFS’s Paul Johnson and Conservative MP Robert Halpern, all via the World at One:

Posted in Op-eds | Also tagged and | 1 Comment

Making work pay – how taxes should work better for the ‘squeezed middle’

The Resolution Foundation helped give birth to the phrase ‘squeezed middle': that group of low-income individuals and families just above the threshold to qualify for most welfare help, but only just able to make ends meet, and always in danger of slipping back into poverty.

Today they’ve published a report written by Paul Johnson, Director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, identifying key reforms that could allow the tax and welfare system to redistribute more efficiently. Here’s the summary-of-the-summary:

Simply making the current system more generous to those on low incomes will not be sustainable in the long run. Reforms to

Posted in News | Also tagged , and | 11 Comments
Advert



Recent Comments

  • User AvatarNick Collins 28th Jan - 2:06pm
    Will you be issuing your canvassers and candidates with tee-shirts bearing the words "I'm not yet dead"? If you contact those nice people who produced...
  • User AvatarAlex Sabine 28th Jan - 2:03pm
    Malcolm: If it's not happening then it would perhaps be fair to characterise this initiative as gesture politics. It sounds like it is a rarity...
  • User AvatarChrisB 28th Jan - 2:02pm
    Instead of a death, it might be more productive to see this as a rebirth. Things have clearly gone wrong, the party has lost its...
  • User AvatarGreenfield 28th Jan - 1:59pm
    Stop this now! STV - nothing else will do. And DO NOT make PR a condition of any agreement............. especially a referendum - the majority...
  • User AvatarJohn Roffey 28th Jan - 1:59pm
    @ Matthew Huntbach Yes - a new party does seem the answer if NC manages to retain the leadership after the GE - although that...
  • User AvatarTony Greaves 28th Jan - 1:58pm
    Nonsense. The job of a radical party is to set out what we want and campaign for it. Leave any compromises to the day. STV...