From the TUC

Making self-employed lives liveable

Benedict Dellot
Guest

31 Mar 2015, by in Labour market

Last week the RSA published a new report looking at the living standards of the self-employed. Why did we undertake this study? Simple: Because the self-employed community is booming but government, business and wider society have yet to catch up. In recent years, we’ve seen plenty of initiatives designed to help the small business community.…

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Health & Fracking: impacts and opportunity costs

Philip Pearson

30 Mar 2015, by in Environment

An independent report from health professionals Medact, Health and fracking: the impacts and opportunity costs, concludes that fracking generates numerous public health risks. A moratorium should apply until a full public impact assessment is “conducted by a body that is entirely independent of the shale gas industry.” Medact examines and builds on a number of reviews…

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When a choice isn’t worth having

Tim Sharp

26 Mar 2015, by in Pensions & Investment

Margaret Thatcher’s now notorious Sermon on the Mound gave the notion of “choice” a central place in both public policy and Christian thinking. Nearly 30 years later, Thatcher’s heirs are elevating choice to the paramount principle of pensions policy-making. I have written an article for Professional Pensions, arguing that the latest application of this dogma in the…

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UK Coal mines hanging on a thread

Philip Pearson

26 Mar 2015, by in Environment

Today, in refusing to back UK Coal’s bid for State Aid, the government has almost shut the door on UK Coal mining. A £10m loan will avoid the inconvenient closure of UK Coal’s Thoresby mine during an election period. As TUC General Secretary, Frances O’Grady, said today, “Immediate help for UK Coal workers and their…

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2050 industry roadmaps? We dont have that much time

Philip Pearson

25 Mar 2015, by in Environment

The industrial, lobby has its work cut out for the next Parliament. The government’s 2050 roadmaps to decarbonise our most energy intensive industries, published today, reveal the enormous scale of investment needed. At a time of intensive international competition, our foundation industries are losing ground at an alarming rate, with the closure of over 1,000…

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Benefit sanctions for low-paid workers

Siân Errington
Guest

25 Mar 2015, by in Society & Welfare

In January this year, in a move that received little media coverage at the time, this government introduced secondary legislation that would enable them to extend benefit sanctions to low paid workers who aren’t doing ‘enough’ to earn more money. Sanctions – the withholding of benefits – have been applied on an industrial scale under…

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