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Welfare reform and the minimum wage

Briefing note

This Briefing Note reviews developments in welfare policy under the current government and analyses the manifesto proposals of the three main political parties in this policy area. In some cases, we refer to statements made by the parties outside of their manifestos, in order to interpret or flesh out the detail of their proposals (we indicate this in the text). Note that many of the Labour Party's manifesto statements reflect existing government policy (again, we indicate this in the text where appropriate).

Other notes in this series will compare the three main parties' proposals on taxes and benefits, education policy and pensions.

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