Inequality

Articles directly pertaining to the key TCC concern of income inequality

Blog – Austerity, austerity, austerity

Universal credit began its roll out in Cambridge on 17th October, gradually to start off with, just new claims or people whose circumstances change. The full-scale transfer of all those on the relevant unemployment and in work benefits will come later. A few days later the government used their autumn budget to declare the beginning …

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Blog – Inequality in Britain ‘bleak’ according to public body

The Equality and Human Rights Commission’s (EHRC) report ‘Is Britain Fairer?’ was released last week in pre-publication format. You can download the report here – https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/publication-download/britain-fairer-2018 The report outlines how inequalities are continuing to blight British society; suggesting some groups within our society are being ‘forgotten or left behind’. Producing this report is a statutory …

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Promoting equality in Cambridge: our AGM with Robert Porrer

It’s been a significant year in the life of The Cambridge Commons and our AGM this past Thursday was an opportunity to take stock. In just 12 months we have: run 17 events in the imagine2027 series with 3,000+ seat reservations built a mailing list of 1,300+ supporters of greater equality run a forum for …

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Blog – Big Tent Ideas Festival

The “Big Tent Ideas Festival” Babraham, Cambs, 8 September 2018.   Some thoughts the “Big Tent” event attended recently by TCC Member Kimon Roussopoulos.   The event was co-chaired by George Freeman MP (Con, briefly was Life Sciences minister) and (Baroness) Sally Morgan, sometime Blair advisor in Number 10 and other capacities.  It was the …

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Cambridge Ahead makes case for investment in infrastructure and housing

The region’s planners have badly underestimated employment growth in the Cambridge area with drastic consequences for housing, congestion and living standards, according to research commissioned by lobby group Cambridge Ahead. South Cambridgeshire has been particularly hard hit, the research suggests, with planners working on a 0.6% growth assumption compared to a more realistic 4.2%.  As …

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Cambridge Commons invited to submit response to regional economic review

The Cambridge Commons has been invited to submit evidence to a major commission on the regional economy. The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Independent Economic Review is eager to hear evidence from local groups The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Independent Economic Review (CPIER) has been set up to establish a coherent strategic position on regional growth, infrastructure and …

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imagine2027 forum with Zoe Williams will ask how we move from talk to action

Join us and our guest Zoe Williams for a forum on how we turn the ideas raised through the imagine2027 series into practical action for change. UK writer and columnist Zoe Williams – new book on parenthood ‘Bring it On Baby’ Guardian Books published July 2010. Bring your ideas for initiatives to combat inequality. As …

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Older people must ‘chip in’ to pay for rising health costs amid rental and pay pressures for young: David Willetts

Baby boomers born between 1945 and 1967 must pay more to contribute to the welfare bill that will support them in old age, the Rt Hon Lord David Willetts said in Cambridge on Thursday. Executive Chair of The Resolution Foundation, Lord David Willetts, at the imagine2027 series in Cambridge Older people on generous pensions and …

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Danny Dorling: ‘Stop the stupid competition between schools to bring down inequality’

Danny Dorling made an impassioned plea for a better education system in the UK at the second in our series of visionary talks on fairness, imagine2027. The Oxford Professor of Geography showed how inequalities in his city were fueling deep divides in outcomes for children, entrenching inequality for generations to come. Instead he called for …

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‘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 (PRIME), a network of economists concerned with Keynesian monetary theory, Pettifor said global finance must serve the real economy, …

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