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I’m just back from wet, windy Brighton, and the Lib Dem conference. ‘Fairer Tax in Tough Times’ was the motto of the conference – so here’s my take on three policies for tough times that made the news:
Universal Credit’s been in the news this week. The thing that caught my eye was Frank Field’s broadside again in the Guardian, just before Labour’s Opposition Day debate. It’s worth noting what he says, as he’s previously supported many Coalition reforms. But is he right?
Universities often seem to be very detached and separate from their local communities. They worry about money and league tables, and appear much more concerned about their international connections than their local relationships. But universities can do an awful lot to support their local community. In research published today we’ve looked at how universities can reach out to disadvantaged communities.
Mention loneliness and most people, whatever their age, seem to think about older people. We have, it seems, an archetypal image of someone frail, elderly, scared to go out and living – perhaps struggling – on their own: a lonely old person.