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You can’t reduce poverty without an adequate welfare state

21 January 2014
No one denies that Rachel Reeves, as Labour’s shadow work and pensions secretary, has one of the toughest gigs in town. Fiscally, it seems a Labour government would cap spending on social security. Politically, at a time when highly punitive policies such as the benefit cap attract broad public support, Labour is sensitive to proposing any reform that could be spun as "soft on scroungers".

Tackling the ‘two New Yorks’: what can London learn?

12 January 2014
Bill de Blasio’s cutlery choices may have got him into hot water last week, but just two months ago he was New York’s favourite, winning a landslide victory in their mayoral election, with almost three times as many votes as his Republican rival, Joe Lhota.