Bold thinking on pensions

Sheila Gilmore  |  24 July 2017

Britain needs flexible retirement ages that reflect the complex and differing needs of the world of work in the 21st century, argues Progress strategy board member Sheila Gilmore In 2011, I was privileged to serve on a pensions bill committee with the late Malcolm Wicks. Not all former ministers seemed keen to serve as ordinary …

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Holding the powerful to account

Karen Buck MP  |  11 November 2016

This summer, the joint work and pensions/business, innovation and skills parliamentary select committee inquiry into the collapse of British Home Stores and its pension scheme concluded with one of the most devastating reports to come out of the select committee process. The report described  the ‘systematic plunder of BHS at the cost of the 11,000 jobs and …

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Social security for the next generation

Christabel Edwards  |  5 September 2016

The new Fabian Society report For Us All provides a timely, and very welcome, reappraisal of social security in the 21st century. Necessarily, it approaches this very human subject from a financial angle, but it is refreshing, nonetheless, to see a serious report using the term ‘social security’ rather than the far more pejorative ‘welfare’. …

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Social Policy in a Cold Climate: Policies And Their Consequences Since The Crisis

Carys Roberts  |  20 June 2016

Too often, the actual effects of past policy decisions are not fully evaluated or even remembered in the public discourse, though doing so would tell us a lot about the wisdom of current decisions. Social Policy in a Cold Climate, the result of a mammoth research programme by the London School of Economics’ Centre for …

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Labour renewal for the fourth industrial revolution

Liam Byrne MP  |  22 January 2016

Just as the Labour movement was born in the giant factories of the Victorian age, so we will be reborn in the giant networks of fourth industrial revolution. These are the networks that connect hi-tech engineering firms, Uber drivers, ‘Mumpreneurs’, call centres and shopping centres, logistics hubs and incubators – along with public servants up …

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The Osborne legacy

Sally Keeble  |  16 December 2015

After hard-up, hard-working families, pensioners are the group that are being hit by George Osborne’s tax changes. It is not obvious: the rhetoric, as for working families, is that the Tories support pensioners who have ‘done the right thing’ all their lives. That they trust them to know how to spend their own money in …

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2020 vision

Parmjit Dhanda  |  9 March 2015

Labour needs to plan now for the Britain of 2020, writes Parmjit Dhanda Five years ago, when we lost the general election, including my bellwether seat of Gloucester, our kids were very young. Zac was four, Max had just turned one. Our infants’ experience of five years ago was not one of being born in to …

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Pension reforms – safeguarding against the risks

Christopher Brooks  |  15 January 2015

6 April 2015 will represent a landmark day for pensions. For better or for worse, people at point of retirement will hold their own futures in their hands, with decisions taken at this time having implications that can be felt for many years to come. It is clear that the rapid speed of change has …

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The Too Difficult Box: The Big Issues Politicians Can’t Crack

Peter Riddell  |  24 July 2014

Charles Clarke is one of the wasted talents of British politics – his ministerial career was cut off too soon in 2006. Never easily classifiable in any Labour faction, he has always been a stimulating thinker and writer about politics, and particularly the problems of government. In his post-Westminster life since 2010 he has been …

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Reining in future promises

John McTernan  |  30 May 2014

What is the right response to last week’s elections? Much has been written about the meaning and the implications of the locals and the Euro elections. Quietly, but in a very assured manner, the Labour frontbench are making their strategic response. It is to continue to address the problems that matter to the public with …

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