Britain faces return to Victorian levels of poverty”: is a slightly pessimistic look at the good work that has been done on levels of child and pensioner poverty. However, the lesson that universal benefits redistribute more to the poorest than targeted ones is important: surely they are easier to administer as well as easier to explain?

The concern must be that the impending onset of chronic diseases will spread faster in poverty than outside.

The Mash’s take on broken Britain is fabulous: “most children now raised by goats“.