Doing the zero sums


Pressure on public sector budgets has led to a rise in zero-hours contracts, particularly in the care sector. The biggest losers are vulnerable service-users and staff on poor pay and insecure hours. It all adds up to the next big care scandal Over the past year, the government has repeatedly raised concerns about the quality … Continued

The coalition’s welfare cuts mean a dramatic rise in council tax for the poorest


This article originally appeared on the New Statesman The decision to reduce the budget for council tax support by 10 per cent means low-income households face a tax increase of up to £600. Accustomed to the inflated claims of successive governments, readers might be forgiven for rolling their eyes at the phrase “radical welfare reform”. Yet … Continued

Where next for the living wage? Progress on low pay is imperative


This post originally appeared on the New Statesman blog   Tomorrow marks the start of the first Living Wage week. It is tangible proof that, 11 years after a small broad-based East London community alliance revived an idea first forged in the industrial heartlands of 1870s Britain, momentum for increased living wage coverage continues to gather pace. And … Continued

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