unemployment

The dignity of full-time work

Chris Carter  |  17 February 2017

Labour must transform Britain’s workforce if it is to effectively tackle the challenges of the 21st century, writes Chris Carter The challenges of an ageing population are enormous. Skills shortages, healthcare pressures, squeezed public services are but some of the consequences. Britain is ageing. Fast. One per cent of those born in 1908 survived a full century …

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The BAME employment crisis

Samantha Jury-Dada  |  25 April 2016

Last week the Trades Union Congress released research that showed that BAME workers with degrees are two and a half times more likely to be unemployed. This is at the same time as the government pats itself on the back for falling unemployment numbers, while simultaneously failing to acknowledge that the last parliament saw a …

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The good, the bad, and the unpredictable

Kitty Ussher  |  12 April 2016

The threat of Brexit aside, the economy looks set to continue improving, says Kitty Ussher Regardless of the politics of the matter, the main news from last month’s budget is that the economy is in good shape. Of course, that is not to say there is not room for improvement, or that our country is structured …

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Welfare reform – what do employers want?

Luke Raikes  |  15 July 2015

The unemployment figures are finally heading in the right direction – but beneath the headlines there is an inconvenient truth: long-term unemployment is here to stay. It may have fallen as the economy has recovered, but whether in growth or recession there remains a stubborn and damaging structural long-term unemployment problem. There are 574,000 people …

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More families in debt is the real price of Cameron’s policies

Seema Malhotra MP  |  31 March 2015

Figures released yesterday by the National Debtline show shocking levels of people using the helpline each year due to unmanageable debt. In Feltham and Heston, where I am standing for re-election, 800 people have called the helpline in the last year. And National Debtline estimate that only one sixth of the people who need advice …

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‘Where the electorate leads, politicians follow’

Ben Shimshon  |  10 March 2015

Ben Shimshon responds to Parmjit Dhanda’s article, 2020 vision The 2015 general election is one of the least predictable in decades. One near-certainty, however, is that older generations will turn out at a higher rate than younger members of the electorate. And as differential turnout combines with our population’s increasingly top-heavy age profile, the upshot …

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The big society’s big bus con

Sarah Champion MP  |  1 August 2014

Those with long memories may remember a big-talking flagship policy the Tories put forward way back in 2010 as an alternative to properly funded government services. The idea was that instead of local communities being provided with local services, the government would withdraw support and instead, an already down-trodden society would be ‘reinvigorated’, voluntarily providing …

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‘Business buy-in’ provides opportunities for our young people

Sarah Hayward  |  29 July 2014

Youth unemployment remains too high. This Tory-led government have done little to prevent a lost generation. Labour in Camden refuses to give up on our young people, despite losing 50 per cent of our council budget. That is why we are doing all we can – making every pound count – to equip young people …

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Tackling migration myths

Atul Hatwal  |  10 April 2014

Getting tone and message right is essential for discussing immigration, advises Atul Hatwal That is the toughest subject for Labour on the doorstep? It is a fair bet you have just answered ‘immigration,’ the one topic where various Labour politicians have fallen over themselves to say ‘sorry.’ Yet if some have expressed regret for the scale of migration …

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We must not forget employment support

Will Horwitz  |  24 February 2014

Jean, a 45-year-old mother of one disabled son, Jack, recently attended her first meeting with her Jobcentre Plus adviser. After negotiating her way past the security guard she met a young man ‘half my age’ who decided, after a quick chat, that Jean was lacking self-esteem. Jean – long-time chair of her tenants and residents …

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