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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 2008/09 and 2012/13. The Minimum Income Standard (MIS) defines an ‘adequate’ income based on what the public think people …

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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 by the current government. It is so complex (an order of magnitude larger than the original post-war NHS legislation) …

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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 pace. This recent growth in outsourcing has raised concerns, with a number of private providers widely criticised for poor transparency, …

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Boycott Starbucks, Says Public Accounts Chair

Mark Page, 2015 Jan 12 The chairperson of the government’s committee for public money matters is encouraging us to punish those sordid little tax dodgers Starbucks by boycotting them. Amen to that! If you would like to suggest other cynical anti-social corporations that we might boycott, send a letter to the editor.

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