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The Independence Revolution must go on

  • The Government’s record in reducing dependency on the State is strong, but there is plenty more to do.

  • Dependency has fallen by 2.7 percentage points since 2010, but over half of households still receive more in benefits (including benefits in kind) than they pay in taxes.

  • Welfare reform appears to be reducing dependency. 19% of households subject to the benefit cap were in work after a year.

  • Children growing up in workless households have, on average, poorer key stage 1 attainments, lower cognitive ability and are more likely to be NEET.

  • New Government must continue incentivising work by reducing marginal tax rates and carefully evaluating the National Living Wage policy. 

 

Daniel Mahoney - Monday 1st August 2016

Daniel joined the Centre for Policy Studies as Head of Economic Research in November 2015. He was promoted to Deputy Director in March 2017. Prior to joining the CPS, he worked in research roles for a number of parliamentarians.