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Yesterday, as market volatility continued, GDP figures were issued showing Canada now in ‘technical’ recession. It was a close call, with quarterly growth in 2015 Q2 at -0.1 per cent, following a fall of -0.2 in Q1. But few seem in doubt that conditions in this G8 economy are a worry. The chart shows the…
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Over 100 organisations have appealed to the Prime Minister over  the Chancellor’s plans to cut support for the solar power industry. The government, strangely shy about the employment impact of hazarding a £33bn industry. All DECC will admit to in its consultation paper  is: “There is likely to be a negative impact on existing jobs…
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The Immigration minister James Brokenshire yesterday announced more details about the forthcoming Immigration Bill. He stated that: “Through our new immigration bill, illegal workers will face the prospect of a prison term and rogue employers could have their businesses closed, have their licences removed, or face prosecution if they continue to flout the law.” In…
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Yesterday (20 August) Robert Peston’s report on the growing crisis in emerging market economies was given top billing on the BBC News at Ten (you might still be able to catch it here). Motivated mainly by the slowdown in China, and covering an array of stock market, exchange rate and other economic statistics for emerging…
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Today the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), the independent research body that advises the government on migration policy, published its report on whether raising salary levels might reduce the number of migrants entering the country. The government asked the MAC to undertake this research to support the goal Cameron announced the new government would be sticking to bring net migration down…
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The new Women and Equalities Select Committee – a cross-party group of Members of Parliament – decided that its first action would be to hold an inquiry into the position of transgender people in the UK. The initial consultation period has just closed and the TUC made a submission (which you can read here). Legal…
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 Yesterday global stock exchanges had their worse day for many years, for some unmatched since the financial crisis of 2008. The FTSE fell by 4.55%, the largest daily fall since 2 March 2009 (when down 5.3%); when markets shut the index was at 5899, its lowest ‘close’ for almost three years. As the Financial Times’s…
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Yesterday the ONS reported headline CPI inflation in July 2015 at 0.1%, marginally higher than last month’s zero and market expectation of no change. But subsequent attention has focussed heavily on the rise in core inflation to 1.2%from 0.8%. As we have often argued, core figures are likely to give a better guide to underlying…
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This is one of those ‘one chart says it all’ posts. Yesterday I was too busy looking at the regular labour market figures from the Office for National Statistics to notice they’d also published a Supplementary Analysis of Average Weekly Earnings. It’s well worth a read, and this chart is taken from page 2. The…
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I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s monthly employment statistics (it’s an exciting life at the TUC) and I’ve been thinking about the employment and unemployment gaps between men and women. In some respects, the convergence of men’s and women’s employment opportunities that we’ve got used to over a generation or more may have slowed to a…
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ToUChstone blog is an informal blog by TUC staff about policy issues that are in the news, or ought to be.