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It’s getting harder and harder for low-paid workers and their families to find the money for the rent. Official figures published today show that rents charged by private landlords rose 2.1 per cent; wages on the other hand had risen just 1.7 per cent in the most recent figures. And wages have been rising at…
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Public sector net borrowing figures today showed borrowing of £87.3 billion in the financial year 2014-15.  Undoubtedly the Treasury will be making hay of it being marginally lower than the OBR Budget 2015 forecast of £90.2 billion. But the big picture remains the scale of the shortfall against the original plans for deficit reduction. According…
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The Council of Mortgage Lenders have released figures for February 2015.  Its bad news for would-be home-owners as the number of mortgages approved continues to decline (see CML chart below). The latest figure of 40,600 approvals is 1 per cent lower than January but a whopping 16 per cent lower than Februarys 2014. First-time buyers are being  locked out of the…
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“Whatever its make-up, the new government must reconsider the request by UK Coal for State Aid.” The NUM and its remaining 2,000 members are obviously aggrieved by the unfairness of the situation that the government has refused to invest in a future for the Deep Coal Mining Industry, even though 30% of our electricity is…
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At the heart of Labour’ Green Plan for the next parliament is a transformative industrial strategy to create a million high productivity green jobs through investment in renewable energy, home insulation retrofits, zero carbon homes, community energy projects, carbon capture & storage, new nuclear power and flood defences. The ONS says the UK’s environmental industries…
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“The available evidence indicates that the proportion of litigants appearing before the civil and family courts without legal representation…has increased since the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO) took many civil and private law children and family cases out of scope for legal aid from 1 April 2013.” This is the…
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Foodbanks were used to feed people more than one million times in the 2014-2015 financial year. This is the highest ever figure since records began. It’s an increase of 19% on the previous year. It’s a shocking figure, made all the more so when you realise that 400,000 of those visits were for children. Even worse, this…
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Review of Securing a pay rise: the path back to shared wage growth, Edited by Gavin Kelly and Conor D’Arcy, The Resolution Foundation This collection of essays is a very valuable overview of progressive opinion on the earnings crisis, a must read for those engaged in any aspects of the debate. Some of the underlying…
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At the Conservative party conference last year David Cameron announced that a future Conservative government would seek to introduce two separate income tax cuts: an above inflation increase in the personal allowance and a rise in the higher rate threshold (the amount of income that can be earned before paying the 40 per cent rate…
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