The universal basic income movement has a major problem: both critics and even many supporters don’t understand how much it would really cost.
Increasing numbers of parents are being accused of child abuse.
An April 2017 survey explored Americans’ opinions about government intervention and welfare policies. It found that on average, they want more from their government, but are highly polarised.
Social housing is important in the fight against homelessness. But we don't actually know that it helps vulnerable people in any other areas of life.
Social Security will have to dip into its trust fund to pay benefits this year for the first time since 1982. Should we be worried?
A long read on the decimation of British jobcentres – and why it puts the rollout of Universal Credit at risk.
The modelling shows that Coalition governments tend to be much more fiscally conservative in their tax and welfare policies than Labor governments.
Chris Bowen on the budget and Labor’s policies
Shadow treasurer Chris Bowen tells The Conversation he accepts that big business will "lobby on their own path".
Despite a public focus on punitive approaches to welfare fraud, the number of social security fraud prosecutions has fallen in recent years.
Increasingly insecure pathways to home ownership are not just a problem for property markets. The fallout is likely to hit retirement incomes, the welfare base, gender equity and the broader economy.
Perpetual uncertainty and changes to the way disability benefits work take a heavy toll on claimants.
By contrast, poor maternity pay leads to an under-representation of women in higher positions and lower salaries.
GDP has many flaws. We need a better way to measure economic progress.
We increasingly celebrate entrepreneurial self-reliance, but for disadvantaged people, the certainty of an adequate income is a fundamental foundation. It may not be sufficient, but it is necessary.
Politics Podcast: Brian Howe on Revisiting Henderson, Poverty and Basic Income.
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Brian Howe says the targeted nature of Australia's social security system goes hand-in-hand with stigmatising welfare recipients.
It's widely accepted that young people living in children's homes or foster care are vulnerable to mental illness, but new research shows that social media can actually help.
From a certain perspective, we're already on the road to practicing a 'progressive eugenics' not a million miles away from what was imagined historically.
People on low incomes put insurance cover first – even if it means doing without basic goods.
That the Cashless Debit Card continues to be pursued exposes a dogged obsession with implementing punitive policy at the expense of vulnerable people.
The people most affected must be involved in designing the solutions.