Significantly higher minimum wages and tax allowances will increase families’ post-tax earnings. Extra support for childcare will help bring costs down. On the more ‘punitive’ side, means-tested support, both in and out of work is being cut substantially for all families and drastically for larger families. To George Osborne this feels like a winning combination: cover family costs by helping them to help themselves.
Unfortunately to many families it will not seem like that. For most, the losses in support will outstrip gains from higher wages.
Read the full blog by Donald Hirsch on Progress Online.