At this rate, we’ll be at Victorian levels of inequality in 20 years – watch the video

Inequality has been rising for 30 years. The gap between rich and poor is the widest since the second world war. If current trends continue, we will have reached Victorian levels of inequality in 20 years. Watch the Inequality Briefing's video here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oj2LA8rEqQ4 And if you want to read more of Inequality Briefings - … Continue reading At this rate, we’ll be at Victorian levels of inequality in 20 years – watch the video

The poor die young – in Leeds as in the rest of the UK. The injustice of the Coalition’s pension proposals.

Leeds North West Constituency

images-5On Thursday George Osborne announced some of the most far-reaching changes to pensions ever.
At their heart are changes to the pension age. That will rise to 66 by 2020 , and to 67 by 2028.
But there’s more to it than that. In future, the age at which people will receive a state pension will go up – in line with rising life expectancy.
So it’s predicted that those born in the 1990s, people now in their 20s, will work until the age of 70.
This sliding scale for retirement age, tying it to average life expectancies, is a major change. It’s one which demands scrutiny.

The first thought is that, once again, this Coalition government is cynically hitting the young. They are already paying the price of Osborne and Clegg’s austerity measures – in unemployment, increased tuition fees, removal of education maintenance allowances. There’s a generation being effectively…

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A Think Tank for Working Class People

A think tank for working people: Class Yorkshire Launch - Thu 13 June 2013, 6:30pm The Unite offices, 55 Call Lane, Leeds LS1 7BW With the Coalition Government and their programme of austerity and tax cuts for millionnaires, it is time that someone ensured that the political agenda was on the side of working people … Continue reading A Think Tank for Working Class People

EU proposed cap on Bankers’ bonuses – Tory/LibDem coalition protecting the rich again

The European Parliament is currently attempting to cap bankers bonuses. It's a modest enough proposal - a bonus capped at the level of a banker's annual salary. Doubling your - already bloated - salary looks generous to the rest of us, still suffering from the mess these characters created. But who do you think is … Continue reading EU proposed cap on Bankers’ bonuses – Tory/LibDem coalition protecting the rich again

He wouldn’t say yes, and he wouldn’t say no. . . .Greg Mulholland on same-sex marriage

Greg Mulholland abstained this week on the crucial same-sex marriage vote. Most of us would be forgiven for thinking this was a bill which addressed a central Liberal principle – and most Liberal MPs did. This was a free vote, and there were people who took strong principled stands on both sides. But the MP for NW … Continue reading He wouldn’t say yes, and he wouldn’t say no. . . .Greg Mulholland on same-sex marriage