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  • Comment Featured Local Government The prize in British politics is now to answer the deafening call to fix our broken housing market

    The prize in British politics is now to answer the deafening call to fix our broken housing market

    This is one of a series of articles in the run-up to tomorrow’s Budget. During the 1980s and 1990s, the debate around housing was how to get as many people as possible to buy homes as part of Margaret Thatcher’s “home-owning democracy”. Council homes were sold off at knockdown prices as part of this evangelical fervour. Gradually, rising house prices gave middle England a sense of security and increased prosperity. But like the frog in the proverbial pan of hot […]

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  • Comment Europe Featured Tomorrow is the last chance for a People’s Land Bank before we plunge into Brexit

    Tomorrow is the last chance for a People’s Land Bank before we plunge into Brexit

    This is part of a series of articles in the run-up to tomorrow’s Budget. Today, Britain confronts the most profound set of challenges it has faced in generations. While much of government, its officials and political debates are absorbed in an all-encompassing battle over the question of how we leave the EU, many people are encountering falling living standards, growing indebtedness and increasing inequality. If this is the final Budget before we fully know the terms upon which we will […]

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  • Europe Featured News Labour Brexit row as leadership join Tories to sink Murray’s customs union plan

    Labour Brexit row as leadership join Tories to sink Murray’s customs union plan

    Senior Labour backbenchers have rallied to the defence of Ian Murray after the former shadow cabinet minister’s attempt to keep Britain in the single market and customs union was torpedoed by the leadership voting alongside the Tories. As Murray accused Labour’s frontbench of “aiding and abeting” the Tories, he received messages of support from colleagues. Chuka Umunna, former shadow business secretary, said Murray “deserved great credit” for tabling the amendment, adding: “It is vital we put clear red water between […]

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  • Comment Featured Unions Frances O’Grady: The proof that public sector pay cap is harming our economy

    Frances O’Grady: The proof that public sector pay cap is harming our economy

    This is part of a series of articles in the run-up to the Budget on Wednesday. On public sector pay, trade unions and the Labour Party have already won the argument. There’s barely a voice in the land arguing that we should still be cutting the take-home pay of nurses, teachers, social workers and other hardworking public servants. So while there’s lots we want from tomorrow’s Budget – more public investment, a response to the living standards crisis, action to […]

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  • Comment Europe Featured Kevin Brennan: The Tories face a creative test in Wednesday’s Budget

    Kevin Brennan: The Tories face a creative test in Wednesday’s Budget

    This is part of a series of articles in the run-up to the Budget on Wednesday. The creative industries are one of the great British economic success stories. We’re not only a world leader in culture and creative output, our creative businesses are a huge economic driver that contribute £87bn to the economy, incidentally more than either car manufacturing or aerospace, and employ two million people. Our creative businesses are admired and they export all over the world. But this […]

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