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Collecting the family allowance in 1946: the Beveridge report influenced the creation of Britain’s welfare state. PA Archive/PA Images

An end to ‘want, disease, ignorance, squalor and idleness’: why the Beveridge report flew off the shelves in 1942

Thousands queued to buy the report by William Beveridge that would lay the foundations for Britain's modern welfare state.
Academics put Hammond in the spotlight. EPA-EFE/ANDY RAIN

Budget 2017: experts respond

Academics deliver their verdict on Philip Hammond.
Will government cuts to tax credits hit Britain’s poorest the hardest? Becky Stares/shutterstock

Why the living wage won’t compensate for tax credit cuts

Plans to stop universal credit payments in favour of a 'national living wage' will not address the long-standing poverty of many people in paid employment.

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