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Life and death: a tale of inequality

11 Oct 2016, by in Society & Welfare

The latest figures for life expectancy and healthy life expectancy show that where you live can be a matter of life and death: the more deprived your town or district, the lower your life expectancy. The data, from the Office for National Statistics, show life expectancy for men and women for England and then for local districts…




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Housing crisis solved at #CPC16?

04 Oct 2016, by in Society & Welfare

Perhaps not quite yet, I fear. Sajid Javid, Secretary of State  for Communities and Local Government announced a new scheme to support house-building at the Conservative Party Conference yesterday, saying that: “We want to ensure everyone has a safe and secure place to live and that means we’ve got to build more homes”. I quite…




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Standstill wages mean over a million low-income families struggle with extreme debt

22 Aug 2016, by in Society & Welfare

Today saw the publication of our (The Centre for Responsible Credit) final report from the joint TUC and Unison commissioned ‘Britain in the Red’ project.  The project has been looking at available aggregate and household survey data to track the extent of household over-indebtedness: particularly assessing the economic impacts of consumer credit borrowing and commenting…




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Will the disability employment gap ever be halved?

18 May 2016, by in Society & Welfare

The TUC has published new analysis of the Labour Force Survey (LFS) ahead of its annual Disabled Workers’ conference which shows the differences in employment, unemployment and earnings between disabled and non-disabled workers. We have set out some key findings below. The government manifesto commitment to halve the employment gap, which would mean 63 per…




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#Budget2016 risks Right to Buy groundhog folly

16 Mar 2016, by in Society & Welfare

Today in the Budget the Chancellor once again asserted that ‘…we are the builders’. However, this hasn’t yet been borne out when it comes to housing. In the 2015 Autumn Statement, and again in the Budget, the Chancellor set out the government’s commitment to deliver 400,000 affordable housing starts by 2020-21, including 200,000 Starter Homes…




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#Budget2016 ignores housing crisis

16 Mar 2016, by in Society & Welfare

Sadly although Chancellor Osborne once again asserted that his party were “the builders”, today’s budget largely ignored the housing crisis. The best that can be said is that there was a commitment of £115 million to help the homeless and rough sleepers, who must be the highest priority. However, there was nothing else to address the UK housing…




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