• UPCOMING EVENTS

Back to the Future: The outlook for retirement 15 years on from the Pensions Commission

Monday 27 November 2017

Tax and Welfare

In the autumn of 2002, Chancellor Gordon Brown announced a Pensions Commission to explore the outlook for pensioner incomes if the system continued unaltered and to make recommendations for improving that outlook. 15 years on, its recommendations – including auto-enrolment into low cost pensions and a more generous but delayed state pension – have become … Continued

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Indian Summer or Winter Chill: What’s in store for the Autumn Budget?

Monday 13 November 2017

Public Finances and the Economy

The Chancellor is under pressure to deliver a bold Autumn Budget that deals with the big challenges that Britain faces – at home, as well as in Europe. What is the economic backdrop to the Autumn Budget, and how might it affect the Chancellor’s financial wriggle room? From the living standards squeeze and concerns about … Continued

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Creditworthy? Making Universal Credit fit for purpose

Tuesday 31 October 2017

Tax and Welfare

The scale of change that Universal Credit is bringing to our welfare system means that the rollout was always going to bring to light implementation challenges. These need to be addressed, but we also need to focus on the bigger question of how Universal Credit measures up against the big labour market challenges Britain faces … Continued

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What a way to make a living: Creating better jobs for Greater Manchester

Wednesday 25 October 2017

Jobs, Skills and Pay

Employment is rising in Greater Manchester, but the area faces huge challenges if it wants to catch up with and exceed other major city regions. What type of industries does the area need to boost pay and productivity? What can be done to ensure the local workforce benefit from secure, high quality jobs? What can … Continued

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The Great Escape? The chances of escaping low pay in 21st Century Britain

Thursday 19 October 2017

Jobs, Skills and Pay

Speech by Alan Milburn, Chair of the Social Mobility Commission Britain has among the highest proportion of low paid workers in Europe, despite the welcome introduction and ramping up of the National Living Wage. While long-term low paid work can leave some in working poverty, it is often argued that it provides a route on … Continued

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Party Conferences 2017

Sunday 24 September 2017

Incomes and Inequality

Labour Sunday 24 17.30-19.00 Hilton Brighton Metropole, Hall 7 – Tweed The big economy debate: austerity and living standards Lisa Nandy MP Ed Miliband MP Polly Toynbee, The Guardian Paul Johnson, The IFS Torsten Bell (chair)   Tuesday 26 12.30-13.30 Hilton Brighton Metropole, Lancaster How can Labour boost living standards across Britain’s cities? Marvin Rees, … Continued

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