Why Social Policy Counts

Peter Fisher, Treasury under-secretary in George W. Bush’s administration, once memorably described the US government as “a gigantic insurance company (with a sideline business in national defense… Read More ›

Timing It Wrong: Benefits, Income Tests, Overpayments and Debts

Unexpected bills can be a challenge for any household. But for people who rely on social security payments, the unexpected news of a significant debt… Read More ›

The European Fiscal Board: Challenges and Opportunities

The European Union decided in October 2015 to establish a European Fiscal Board (EFB). The EFB is an “independent advisory board on fiscal matters,” with… Read More ›

An Interview with Professor Jane Millar, OBE

The financial hardship of poor working families represents a key policy challenge in many countries. Sue Regan interviews Jane Millar, Professor of Social Policy at… Read More ›

Tackling Australia’s Public Debt Problem

Budgetary issues in Australia have dominated public policy discussion at the federal level since the 2008-10 Global Financial Crisis (GFC). Governments at both national and… Read More ›

Should We Be Worried About “Zero Net Taxpayers”?

This post is the first of a four part series on the topic. The political and media storm about “zero net taxpayers” Following Duncan Storrar’s… Read More ›