Author Archives: Veronika Thiel

Insults

Right, so a labour researcher has to apologise for making a joke about the Queen being a benefit scrounger (bottom of article), because it’s offensive to the highest in the land. But calling benefit recipients scroungers on a daily basis without … Continue reading

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The Social Fund – A Eulogy

Among the flurry of votes in the House of Lords in relation to the Welfare Reform Bill (WRB), there was one amendment that received little notice – namely the defeat of a move to ensure that what’s left of the … Continue reading

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Basic banking – a basic right

The European Union has announced that it will recommend its member states to introduce a basic bank account to ensure that every adult who wants a bank account can have one. What sounds like good news is actually a step … Continue reading

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Independent thoughts on payday lending required

Yesterday’s amendment to the credit bill was unfortunately defeated – let’s just hope that it is down to silly party politics rather than a genuine opposition to capping the cost of credit (or, as the amendment suggested, just looking at … Continue reading

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Introducing price caps in the UK – a discussion fraught with myths

The discussion around price capping for credit has warmed up again over the past few months thanks to the sterling work of Stella Creasy who is campaigning to introduce a cap on the total cost of credit in the UK. … Continue reading

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Story and data – how funders can help?

In a compelling blog post, Peter Wanless, CEO of the Big Lottery Fund, made the case for charities to use data in their applications for funding. It is self-understood that charities have to report on their work and their impact … Continue reading

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A short introduction to my blog

Hello, I’m Veronika Thiel, a freelancer working in the field of financial inclusion and microfinance, offering policy and research analysis, as well as project management and training in social performance management. I previously worked for the new economics foundation, the … Continue reading

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