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The impact of extra cash payments introduced during the COVID pandemic in South Africa is being considered. Mujahid Safodien/AFP via Getty Images

South Africa has spent billions in 4 years to create jobs for young people: how their wages affect the broader economy

When evaluating the costs and benefits of the employment programme, and similar ones such as social grants, ‘extra’ economic benefits need to be part of the calculation.
Bradford is in danger of joining the six councils on the ‘bankrupt’ list. APS (UK)/Alamy

Four reforms to stop English councils from going bankrupt

A new study of council financing in Germany, Italy and Japan offers some new ideas for how to solve English councils’ financial difficulties.

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