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Noted for Your Evening Procrastination for August 24, 2014

Over at [Equitable Growth](http://EquitableGrowth.org)--[The Equitablog](http://equitablegrowth.org/blog) Nick Bunker: Weekend reading - Washington Center for Equitable Growth Morning Must-Read: Kevin Drum: Welfare Reform and the Great...Show More Summary

Morning Must-Read: Kevin Drum: Welfare Reform and the Great Recession

Kevin Drum: Welfare Reform and the Great Recession "CBPP.... Welfare reform... in its first few years... >...seemed like a great success... but it was a bubbly economy that made the biggest difference. So how would welfare reform fare when it got hit with a real test? Answer: not so well. Show More Summary

Chart of the Day: Welfare Reform and the Great Recession

CBPP has posted a series of charts showing the effects of welfare reform on the poor over the past couple of decades. In its first few years it seemed like a great success: welfare rolls went down substantially in the late 90s while the number of poor people with jobs went up. Show More Summary

Poots to pit welfare reform against impending NHS spending ‘cuts’ in Northern Ireland?

So, relax. Despite some fevered rumours to the contrary Ed Poots is calling time on the current executive, yet. Despite, or perhaps because of, a wrap over the knuckles for a £13.1 million overspend in Health, he’s gone into overdrive to point out that a £20 million rise in the Health budget is in fact a more...

How To Get From Welfare To Work Without Punishing The Poor

Participation not punishment should be the area of focus for any fair dinkum welfare reform.

Are unionists ‘…committed to drastically lowering people’s standards of living’?

2 weeks agoNews : Slugger O'Toole

This is a quick companion piece to Mick’s on welfare reform cuts. Gerry Adams issued a longish statement last week on the issue, which presumably can be taken as the current Sinn Féin position. These are a few relevant extracts: The DUP has repeatedly demonstrated an unwillingness to participate positively in any of the institutions. Instead more...

Could Stormont collapse over non implementation of welfare reform?

2 weeks agoNews : Slugger O'Toole

So, at Stormont the DUP and Sinn Fein have informed the ministers of the other parties that they will have to take the brunt of the spending cuts which follow on foot of the OFMdFM parties to come to terms with the relatively generous terms offered Northern Ireland by the Chancellor of Exchequer… #179628975 / more...

Benefits Street's TV Scrounger 'White Dee' To Speak At Conservative Conference

White Dee, the woman made famous by a Channel 4 Television Show about benefit claimants in Birmingham, is to speak at Conservative Party Conference on Welfare Reform, according to the Daily Mail. Deirdre "Dee" Kelly is being hailed by the party as an expert after she boasted that she had held down a job since March, just over six months. Show More Summary

Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Monday 11 Aug 2014

IDS: BENEFIT CUTS ‘VITAL’ FOR ECONOMY Cutting benefits is vital for the economic recovery, Iain Duncan Smith will say today. The Work and Pensions Secretary will use a speech to argue that the coalition government’s welfare reforms will lead to a “more contented future”. Show More Summary

Why is a Conservative government backing the illiberal plain packs for cigarettes?

David Cameron’s government can boast a number of very serious Conservative achievements, such as welfare reform and the steady re-establishment of standards of British schools. However, there have also been some puzzling lapses, of which the most outlandish is health minister Jane Ellison's demented project to impose so-called plain packaging on cigarettes. I wrote about [...]

Paul Ryan is the Biggest and Latest Threat to American Women and Their Kids

So, the man who pretended to feed the poor at a soup kitchen has released his plan for welfare reform. This week, Paul Ryan, who cashed federal support checks in the form of social security payments after his dad died, wants to stop federal support of the needy. Show More Summary

America Has A Fever And The Only Cure Is?Welfare Reform?

?Reform conservatism? is all the rage in the GOP these days. From middle class plans in ?Room to Grow? to anti-poverty reform ideas from Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan, many on the right are rushing to prove they can ?govern?...

MSNBC’s Schultz Slams Ryan’s Anti-Poverty Plan; ‘Out There Selling The Turd in the Punch Bowl’

Ed Schultz spent a portion of his opening monologue on his MSNBC show Thursday attacking Representative Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and his latest policy proposal to reform government welfare programs, declaring that Ryan is “more radical than...Show More Summary

Forced into work?

Earlier today, Tim Montgomerie, referring to a Times leader, tweeted: (1) Record, unexpected jobs growth. (2) Massive reform of welfare incentives. Could the two be connected? The answer could be: not much. To see why, let's ask the question we...

The Logical Conclusion of “Welfare Reform

The big story yesterday on all my usual political blog stops was about a woman who was arrested because she let her 9-year old daughter play in the park alone. The woman was poor, black, and worked at McDonalds and did not seemingly have a personal social support network. From what I’ve read, she used…

Forever Young... And In Debt

Proposed Abbott Government reforms to the welfare safety net may condemn young people to a youth spent in debt. 

Welfare reforms are increasing GP workload and harming patients, finds BMJ investigation

The majority of GPs in a survey carried out by The BMJ say their workload has soared in the past year because of their patients' financial hardship under new government rules for receiving benefits. Two thirds believe patients' health...Show More Summary

The Welfare System Ain't Broke, So Why Fix It?

Despite the myths being pushed by the Abbott Government, Australia's welfare spending is far from unsustainable. Ignoring the evidence means missing the chance for real reform, writes Ben Eltham.

Nothing New In Libs Welfare Reforms, Just Ask Black Australia

The Abbott Government's likely expansion of welfare reforms, including the quarantining of people's entitlements has been done before, just not to 'us', writes Chris Graham.

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