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How will the Conservatives tackle the deficit?

How will the Conservatives tackle the deficit? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

George Osborne has been given five more years at the Treasury by voters, after asking them to let him "finish the job" of eliminating the deficit.

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Artilce cites Paul Johnson, Director of the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies

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State of the NHS: Wales v England

State of the NHS: Wales v England | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Each side has found data to back up its claims, with the Conservatives anxious to show that the Labour-run NHS in Wales is in decline and the Welsh administration accusing the Tories of distorting the facts.

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The article cites the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies.

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Conservatives to cut school funding by 10 per cent if they win general election

Conservatives to cut school funding by 10 per cent if they win general election | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

David Cameron concedes English education budget would not be protected from inflation, meaning a real-terms fall as pension and national insurance costs rise

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The article cites the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies.

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The odd argument over public spending

The odd argument over public spending | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

George Osborne and other senior Conservatives delivered civil service estimates for how much some Labour policies will cost

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Once you have been poor, you always fear it. Austerity will only create more hungry children

Once you have been poor, you always fear it. Austerity will only create more hungry children | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The Tories have sanctioned cruelty in the name of competence – it should be easy to challenge them, but Labour is just standing by

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Article cites the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies

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Rochester And Strood By-Election: Five Lessons

Rochester And Strood By-Election: Five Lessons | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Sky's Faisal Islam looks at what can be learnt in the fallout from UKIP's second by-election gain from the Conservatives.
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Articles cites research from the British Election Study, which receives funding from the ESRC.

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Why George Osborne's headline-grabbing claims are wrong

Why George Osborne's headline-grabbing claims are wrong | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Three strong fiscal propositions emerged from last week's Conservative Party conference. First, that job-dodging scroungers have pushed up the working-age welfare bill into the stratosphere. Second, that an army of modest earners have been sucked into the higher income tax rate bracket. Third, that £25bn of further spending cuts will be needed in the next parliament. But don't take any of those propositions at face value.
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The article cites the Institute for Fiscal Studies, which receives ESRC funding.

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Cameron’s tax cuts benefit middle and higher earners, not the poorest

Cameron’s tax cuts benefit middle and higher earners, not the poorest | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
James Ball: Lifting tax thresholds helps those earning enough to pay tax, while benefit cuts redistribute from the poorest to the better off
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The article cites the Institute for Fiscal Studies, which receives ESRC funding.

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David Cameron's tax cut is more about politics than economics

David Cameron's tax cut is more about politics than economics | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The prime minister’s big announcement in his final party conference speech before the general election was an increase in tax thresholds but with the changes to be introduced by 2020 and details vague, the impact could end up being minimal.

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Conservative Party Conference: as it happened

Conservative Party Conference: as it happened | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

David Cameron pledges to rise the 40p tax threshold to help millions of people including teachers, police officers and nurses

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Tory benefits freeze plan will increase poverty

Tory benefits freeze plan will increase poverty | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Charities working with people in poverty say Conservative plans to freeze benefits will have far reaching negative impacts

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The Tories' future is threatened by their lack of minority appeal

The Tories' future is threatened by their lack of minority appeal | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Baroness Warsi was right – the Tories do have a problem with the ethnic vote, a problem that could crush them.

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This article cites the British Election Study (BES) which is funded by the ESRC. 

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You will need to sign up to 'British values' just to visit the UK

You will need to sign up to 'British values' just to visit the UK | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

New Tory proposals would require foreign visitors who want to work, study or do business in Britain to pledge allegiance to so-called "British values", in a move branded "ridiculous" by senior coalition partners.


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Article cites findings from the ESRC-funded Migration Observatory based at the University of Oxford

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Labour must push what Miliband has got right on the economy in election runup

Labour must push what Miliband has got right on the economy in election runup | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Charge sheet brought by the Tories may not stand up, but party still needs to show how its tax and spending policy can help re-shape and modernise the economy

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The benefits cap doesn't work – here's why

The benefits cap doesn't work – here's why | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

David Cameron has announced plans to reduce the annual benefits cap from £26,000 to £23,000 per year if the Conservative Party wins the general election. While the cap is undoubtedly popular with the public, it has saved very little money for the public purse.

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Ed Miliband must move Labour to centre-ground to capitalise on Tories' Autumn Statement blunders

Ed Miliband must move Labour to centre-ground to capitalise on Tories' Autumn Statement blunders | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Last month's Autumn Statement led the Tories to commit major strategic errors.

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The Farage revolution gets more absurd, yet the voters still back it

The Farage revolution gets more absurd, yet the voters still back it | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Ukip is embroiled in yet another scandal, but far from self-destructing, the party remains a threat to the Tories.

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Article cites a study that analysed early data from the ESRC-funded British Election Study

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Game of Losers: the numbers show David Cameron and Ed Miliband face election stalemate

Game of Losers: the numbers show David Cameron and Ed Miliband face election stalemate | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

No one won the 2010 general election. The Conservatives did not win because they did not get enough votes.  They did not get enough votes because too many people voted for other parties, especially the Labour Party.  

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'Trust me' - Labour and the Conservatives have laid out their plans to help squeezed Britons

As Britain’s party-conference season nears its end it is clear that the economy will dominate campaigning ahead of the May 2015 general election.

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The article cites the Institute for Fiscal Studies, which receives ESRC funding.

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Trust me: Labour and the Conservatives have laid out their plans to help squeezed Britons

As Britain’s party-conference season nears its end it is clear that the economy will dominate campaigning ahead of the May 2015 general election. 

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The Conservative party would have us believe that the poor deserve to be punished

The Conservative party would have us believe that the poor deserve to be punished | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

When George Osborne announced a further reduction in welfare payments, this was the situation facing the nation’s poor. About 5.5m adults go without essential clothing. Around 2.5m children live in homes that are damp. Around 1.5m children live in households that cannot afford to heat their home. More than one in five adults have had to borrow in the last year to pay for day-to-day needs.

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Article cites the ESRC-funded Poverty and Social Exclusion project

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Poor design of business rates system affects employment rates, leaders claim

Poor design of business rates system affects employment rates, leaders claim | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Conservative conference: British Chamber of Commerce warns troubled rates regime is ‘real issue affecting real people’

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Article cites findings from the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies

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Labour could embark on spending spree after General Election

Labour could embark on spending spree after General Election | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
The Institute for Fiscal Studies has found that Labour's plans for the economy are significantly 'looser' than the Conservatives
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The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) receives funding from the ESRC.

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The Tories think he's their secret weapon – but they could regret underestimating Ed Balls

The Tories think he's their secret weapon – but they could regret underestimating Ed Balls | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Ministers, Lord Adonis always says, should have projects. It makes for better government. Opposition frontbenchers, however, should avoid them. They make for bad headlines. 

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Article cites findings from the British Election Study which is funded by the ESRC

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