Austerity for whom?

Sam Couldrick, IF researcher, looks at cuts to school funding and considers the UK’s austerity programme in light of one of its original justifications

The cost of a child is rising – and both parents and children are struggling as a result

Family life in the UK is becoming more expensive, writes IF researcher Holly Metcalf, with more children growing up in poverty, and their parents increasingly making sacrifices to try and protect their children’s wellbeing. With government support in many areas being cut, families have had to resort to different coping mechanisms, which pose problems in… Read more »

For welfare, carrots are better than sticks

“No shit, Sherlock!”: making welfare benefits conditional on satisfying increasingly stringent stipulations is largely ineffective in getting people back into work, concludes a new report. Liz Emerson, IF co-founder, investigates