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‘Global finance should serve the real economy, not the other way round’ – Ann Pettifor kicks of imagine2027

‘Global finance should serve the real economy, not the other way round’ – Ann Pettifor kicks of imagine2027

Economist Ann Pettifor got the imagine2027 series off to a cracking start with a call to rein in global finance in order to build a more stable, fairer economy. The director of Policy Research in Macroeconomics… Read more »

Social Care: The Catastrophe Continues

Social Care: The Catastrophe Continues

In his latest report David Plank alerts us to cuts in services being made by local councils. Successive reductions in government funding since the first austerity budget in 2011 after the great financial crash are removing £24.7… Read more »

Social Care: From Crisis to Catastrophe

Social Care: From Crisis to Catastrophe

Stuart Weir, 2015 Sep 07

Read the report: Social Care: From Crisis to Catastrophe Order a hard copy here. Our Fairness Review for September 2015 is a meticulous investigation into the social care services for vulnerable… Read more »

Cambridge City Food Bank Stats

Cambridge City Food Bank Stats

Mark Page, 2015 Apr 08

Cambridge City Foodbank has provided statistics which make for sobering reading. Cambridge may be one of the wealthiest cities in the world but it has no lack of poverty amongst its… Read more »

Rethinking National Security

Rethinking National Security

Henry Tam, 2015 Mar 02

A perennial battle in politics is fought between those who seek to protect the interests of a powerful elite in the name of the security of all; and those who are… Read more »

Is the Green Party Citizen’s Income Affordable?

Is the Green Party Citizen’s Income Affordable?

Mark Page, 2015 Jan 23

The Green Party Citizen’s Income A Citizen’s Income would “replace most existing benefits, allowances and tax credits” and replace them with a simple regular payment to everyone – children, adults and… Read more »

Tale of a Pram: How Poor are Those on Benefits?

Tale of a Pram: How Poor are Those on Benefits?

Deborah Padfield, 2014 Nov 05

How to survive poverty “I know a young couple, on benefits, with a big expensive pram…” How did they pay for it? Layabouts living it up on benefits? Benefit cheats? They… Read more »

Money Advice – Don’t Spend It All At Once!

Money Advice – Don’t Spend It All At Once!

Mark Page, 2015 Jan 31

In a ThinkMoney survey, 25% of British adults say they have less than £12 per week to spend after their essential bills are paid. ThinkMoney have also calculated that, for 4.5… Read more »

Numbers Below Minimum Income Standard Soar

Numbers Below Minimum Income Standard Soar

Stuart Weir, 2015 Jan 30

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation has published research showing that the proportion of people living in households with an income below the Minimum Income Standard[1] (MIS) increased by nearly a third between… Read more »

Poor Families with Children Lose Out

Poor Families with Children Lose Out

Stuart Weir, 2015 Jan 30

Low income households with children and the very rich have lost the most from the coalition government’s tax and benefit changes, according the Institute for Fiscal Studies. [Presumably the very rich… Read more »

Who are the real wealth creators?

Who are the real wealth creators?

Henry Tam, 2015 Jan 24

People who create wealth in the sense of beneficial resources rarely refer to themselves as ‘wealth creators’, let alone pontificate about how uniquely important they are. They teach, they provide care,… Read more »

How Economic Inequality Harms Societies

How Economic Inequality Harms Societies

Mark Page, 2015 Jan 17

For the world’s developed, wealthy societies, overwhelming evidence tells us that it is not GDP per head that tells us if we are living the good life. Rather, it is how equally… Read more »

How the NHS was sold off

How the NHS was sold off

Mark Page, 2015 Jan 17

The fundamental principles of the NHS, a health service for all free at the point of use and protected by government, have been cut off at the knees by legislation introduced… Read more »

What Is Unemployment For? [Part I]

What Is Unemployment For? [Part I]

Mark Page, 2015 Jan 12

Faith, Hope and Charity No human society lacks for work that could usefully be done; there is always someone in need of the assistance of others. Anthropological study of traditional societies… Read more »

Government private sector contracts subsidise inequality

Government private sector contracts subsidise inequality

Mark Page, 2015 Jan 04

The Equality Trust says “The value of government contracts handed to the private sector has increased dramatically over the last five years and is likely to continue growing at a rapid… Read more »

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