The Canadian tax system can, and should, put more money into the pockets of the country’s most disadvantaged citizens.
Tax credit refunds are an effective means of ensuring that Canada's poverty gap, now clearly identified, is addressed for low-income families. So what's taking so long?
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The system of welfare conditionality that underpins Universal Credit is ineffective at moving people off social security and into work.
Why aren’t people entitled to benefits claiming them?
Means-tested benefits are designed to ensure a minimum standard of living for Britain’s poorest families.
‘Build to rent’ means developers build housing with the intent of retaining the building and renting it out to lower-income families.
A modest rebalancing of federal tax policy toward build-to-rent housing could fill affordable housing funding gaps. Australian funds are already investing in such a scheme in the US.
A federal housing incentive could have untapped potential.
With some tinkering, a federal tax credit that encourages developers to create new units that low-income Americans can afford to rent might yield other benefits.
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and President Donald Trump participate in a round-table discussion during a visit to Saint Andrew Catholic School in Miami.
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The Trump administration's new education budget cuts money from traditional schools and funnels it toward school choice. Is it a nail in the coffin for public education?
Families benefit when fathers and mothers get paid parental leave.
The nation needs a more comprehensive approach to family leave and relief for parents with child care expenses. But the proposals the Trump team rolled out initially fell short.
Should taxpayer dollars fund private education?
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As school choice advocates attempt to garner more widespread support for vouchers, a new kind of voucher system is growing: one that uses tax credits to subsidize private education.
Paid in full?
While the government's opponents rage about benefits being cut, claims on what remains are often barely 50% of those entitled.
A controversial policy could make women prove they were raped before they can get benefits is set to come into effect despite a wide coalition of opponents.
The welfare state was not designed for the modern world of temporary and casual work or multiple jobs. Is universal income the answer?
Will government cuts to tax credits hit Britain’s poorest the hardest?
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.
For people to leave benefits there has to be a job worth leaving benefits for.
Getting jobseekers off benefits and into well-paid jobs should be a priority. So why has pace been glacial?
The Conservative government want to make £4.4 billion in savings by cutting tax credits. But what exactly are they?
Right of centre.
Until this week’s tax credits debacle, the Conservatives have performed exquisitely the role of the reasonable and pragmatic English party that swears by its faith in “whatever works”. So far, under the…