From the TUC

Keep guards on trains

Sean McGovern
Guest

10 Aug 2016, by in Public services

For many years’ train travel was a no-no for certain groups of disabled people, even when accompanied. Today as the system becomes more accessible, albeit slowly, disabled people are facing the prospect of new barriers replacing those that we had broken down. Gone are the days when the only way for wheelchair passengers to travel…


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How the Bank of England has teed-up £40-70 billion of government spending (plus financing?)

Geoff Tily

09 Aug 2016, by in Economics

While most commentators celebrated last week’s ‘Brexit monetary-bazooka’, they perhaps downplayed how well the Bank has teed-up actions from the Treasury. Between the lines, they are supporting increased government spending over the next two years of £40 to £70bn. Duncan Weldon hit the nail on the head on Newsnight (see also Matt Whittaker’s blog –…


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Aid & trade: toxic mix or magic bullet?

Owen Tudor

04 Aug 2016, by in International

New aid-sceptic International Development Secretary Priti Patel MP has annoyed many in the aid NGOs with an article in the Daily Express which could be taken to mean that Britain’s large overseas aid budget should be used to encourage developing countries to sign trade agreements with post-Brexit Britain. The concerns stem from the Tory record on…


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Even with Brexit deal unknown, the government can act now to manage migration better

Rosa Crawford

04 Aug 2016, by in International

While there is still considerable uncertainty about whether or how free movement will feature in any Brexit negotiation, there are many actions the government could take right now which would tackle the negative impact poorly implemented migration policies, particularly when combined with poor regulation in the labour market and cuts to essential services, have had on communities. We’ve…


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What Byron Burgers tell us about policing migration

Owen Tudor

04 Aug 2016, by in International

A lot has been written about the immigration raids at Byron Burger restaurants across London a month ago which saw 35 people arrested and led to protests recently. Many have criticised the company for getting more involved than legally necessary, whereas others have suggested the management were just trying to carry out their legal duties.…


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FIFA must stop foul play in Qatar

Stephen Russell

03 Aug 2016, by in International

FIFA bought a manual on how to end human rights in its world cups, and so far it’s refusing to follow the instructions. But now fans have a chance to make FIFA play by the rules. When FIFA commissioned a UN human rights expert to advise them how to clean up world football’s act, there…


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How is the Brexit vote affecting workers?

Owen Tudor

02 Aug 2016, by in International

The simple answer, of course, is that it is too early to tell. The electorate’s decision on 23 June was just a decision, not the actual act of leaving the EU. Since then, we’ve had a substantial fall in the value of sterling which will make imported goods and components more expensive (including petrol) which…


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Another attempt to pick the state pension lock

Tim Sharp

01 Aug 2016, by in Pensions & Investment

Former Pensions Ministers don’t retire quietly from public life it appears. Baroness Altmann, the latest to depart Caxton House, has since criticised the difficulty of long-term policy making in government . And, over the weekend, called for the ending of the triple lock that governs state pension increases. The cost of raising the state pension by the greatest  of inflation,…


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