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  • Comment Help Labour give people protection from predators in our property market

    Help Labour give people protection from predators in our property market

    Everyone has horror stories about buying, selling or renting a house. All too often the villain is the agent in the middle. Many estate and letting agents treat their clients fairly, others are exploiting the pressure caused by a shortage of housing to charge extortionate fees. Today Labour will seek to tackle these practices and the impact they have on the affordability of housing. You can help by asking Members of the House of Lords to back Amendment 44D to […]

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  • News Scotland Darling warns devolving income tax to Scotland would be a mistake

    Darling warns devolving income tax to Scotland would be a mistake

    Alistair Darling, former Chancellor and the person who headed up the Better Together campaign, has said that powers over income tax should not be completely devolved to Scotland. Writing in the FT(£), Darling outlines two reasons why he thinks that devolving all powers over income tax revenue would be a mistake. Firstly, he says as he UK in responsible for defence, and financial and social protecting “If all income tax is devolved, people living in Scotland will pay no taxes […]

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  • News Miliband: Labour will close down job agencies that exploit workers

    Miliband: Labour will close down job agencies that exploit workers

    Ed Miliband will pledge to close down job agencies that exploit workers and break the law on the minimum wage. This will include closing the Swedish Derogation – a loophole in EU law that allows employers to pay agency workers less than permanent employees, even if they are doing the same job. Miliband will also reiterate that a next Labour government would stop agencies from recruiting workers only from abroad. As it stands, roughly 350,000 people receive less than the […]

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  • Comment Unpaid internships aren’t just bad for young people, they hurt us all

    Unpaid internships aren’t just bad for young people, they hurt us all

    It won’t take a trawl of internet job boards to find one of the most frustrating barriers to social mobility at the moment. Lists of unpaid ‘internships’ for as long as six months that give lists of responsibilities, essential skills needed and stipulations on the days and number of hours you will ‘ideally’ be working. If you’re lucky, you’ll get travel expenses within London, and maybe even lunch. Some employers call their roles ‘volunteer’ positions in an attempt to avoid […]

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  • Featured The signals and the noise: the next election remains wide open

    The signals and the noise: the next election remains wide open

    David Cameron is arguably in a worse position than Jesus was on the eve of the crucifixion. Christ was denied three times by Peter. But Dave went to Rochester and Strood on five occasions and still he got the thumbs down. And that’s why the only story this weekend was the continued flatlining of the Tory opinion poll rating as the party struggles in vain to… But no. That wasn’t the story, was it? Instead there has been Labour angst, […]

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