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Britain’s insecure towns aren’t ‘left behind’. They hold the key to our future | John Harris
Britain’s insecure towns aren’t ‘left behind’. They hold the key to our future | John Harris
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/sep/17/britains-insecure-towns-left-behind

“In fact, as with so many other towns, what Walsall represents is the social and economic cutting edge, albeit in a very different way from more affluent parts of the country. The future it is entering is not manifested in the gleam of luxury flats, or the promise of lives rendered blissfully easy by technology: the town is troubled, and clearly in need of help, but that does not make it any less modern.”

“Two weeks ago I spent the afternoon at the gates of the vast Amazon distribution centre in the former coal town of Rugeley in Staffordshire, where people from Walsall are brought to work in buses, the blacked-out windows of which give off a strange sense of secrecy and paranoia. The centre sits in the shadow of a disused power station and next to a new Premier Inn and a branch of McDonald’s. It is one of the most surreal corners of England I’ve set foot in: a parade of auguries of the future in which we may all soon find ourselves.”

“These are modern demands voiced in truly modern places – what stands in their way is an enduring disconnect between progressive politicians and the social grassroots. This problem is encapsulated by the fact that the only political offer to have truly cut through in recent years was the chimera of Brexit. Moreover, many people in Walsall are unimpressed by Labour’s transformation, and still see it as a collection of metropolitan people indifferent both to their communitarian values and the nitty-gritty of their lives.”
brexit  insecurity  cities  poverty  corbyn  labour-party 
2 hours ago by craigryan
Can inequality only be fixed by war, revolution or plague? - Open Future
All of us who prize greater economic equality would do well to remember that with the rarest of exceptions, it was only ever brought forth in sorrow. Be careful what you wish for.
economics  america  politics  world  history  poverty 
19 hours ago by corrales
Welfare spending for UK's poorest shrinks by £37bn | Politics | The Guardian
Welfare spending for UK's poorest shrinks by £37bn
Figures compiled after decade of austerity and obtained by Frank Field show most striking cuts are in disability benefits
Spending on welfare benefits for the UK’s poorest families will have shrunk by nearly a quarter after a decade of austerity, according to new figures highlighting the plunge in living standards experienced by the worst-off.

By 2021, £37bn less will be spent on working-age social security compared with 2010, despite rising prices and living costs, according to estimates produced by the House of Commons library.

Some of the most striking cuts are in disability benefits – personal independence payments (PIP) and employment and support allowance (ESA) – which together will have shrunk by nearly £5bn, or by 10%, since the start of the decade.
Austerity  UK  Disabled  ESA  tax  credit  Universal  JSA  sanctions  welfare  state  society  poverty  trap 
19 hours ago by asterisk2a
Sharewear Nottingham donation times
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clothes  nottingham  poverty  resources  2018 
yesterday by UnchartedWorlds
Wie migratie écht wil begrijpen, moet naar de achterblijvers in Afrika kijken - De Correspondent

‘De kern is dat we alternatieven moeten bieden om geld te verdienen’, zegt Abieyuwa. Met internationaal hulpgeld zegt de gouverneur nu bijvoorbeeld fabrieken te gaan bouwen, om cassave en palmolie te verwerken, en zo banen te creëren.

Zulke langetermijnontwikkelingsinitiatieven kunnen echter op weinig vertrouwen van de bevolking rekenen. De inwoners van Benin City hebben gouverneurs zien komen en gaan, en hebben weinig zien veranderen in hun dagelijks leven. Een lokale ngo-medewerker zegt: ‘Zolang ons systeem niet werkt, maakt het niets uit hoeveel ontwikkelingsgeld de EU onze overheid geeft. Dat geld komt toch niet bij ons terecht. Maar het geld van migranten komt direct bij degenen die het nodig hebben. Migratie is hier de enige manier om te overleven.’

Dat is wat je ziet als je het prisma van Benin City blijft rondtollen: dit dilemma. Een illegaal systeem dat ook groot goed doet. Een mensonterend systeem dat ook een levenslijn is.
nigeria  poverty  prostitution  europe  migration 
4 days ago by WimLeers
Population and migration - Office for National Statistics
Size, age, sex and geographic distribution of the UK population, and changes in the UK population and the factors driving these changes. These statistics have a wide range of uses. Central government, local government and the health sector use them for planning, resource allocation and managing the economy. They are also used by people such as market researchers and academics.
government  politics  demographic  statistics  migration  social  policy  poverty  health  research  analysis 
7 days ago by asaltydog

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