Building a social recovery? A first year report card on the coalition government

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Centre for Social Justice (Great Britain)
Centre for Social Justice
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10 May 2011
Social Policy
Social welfare
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The Centre for Social Justice audits progress made by the Coalition government in its first year in office in tackling poverty and social breakdown. The Centre finds that the government has done almost nothing to support marriage, and has unfairly penalised middle-class families through its policy of withdrawing child benefit from any household including a higher rate taxpayer. It is concluded that Conservative family policies have been watered down to placate the Liberal Democrats and shore up the coalition. The report is also critical of the government's decision to cap benefits claims. Under new rules, no household will be able to claim more than £500.00 per week in benefits, regardless of how many members the family has. The report argues that this policy could bring hardship to thousands of large families. However, it is more positive about the government's plans to reform the benefits system, giving his plans to increase work incentives a score of eight out of ten

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