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UK's low pay culture traps people in poorly paid jobs, study finds | Society | The Guardian
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-41669991 - high tech, low life. // in-work poverty, gini coefficient takes into account pensioners. // “Britain has one of the highest proportions of low-paid work in the developed world. And while three-quarters of low-paid workers did manage to move into higher-paying roles at some point over the past decade, the vast majority couldn’t sustain that progress. This lack of pay progress can have a huge scarring effect on people’s lifetime living standards. [...] “Britain’s flexible workforce gives us global economic advantage but a two-tier labour market is now exacting too high a social price.
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october 2017 by asterisk2a
Falling unemployment is great for the economy? Try telling cleaners like Irene | Stefan Baskerville | Opinion | The Guardian
While UK unemployment fell by 75,000 in the three months to July, bringing the jobless rate down to 4.3%, these figures disguise a disturbing trend in the British labour market – one of falling wages, rising insecurity and false self-employment. At the New Economics Foundation, we carried out research that shows two in every five people employed in the UK are in “bad jobs” – work that doesn’t provide a secure, living wage.
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september 2017 by asterisk2a
Millennials wish they had grown up in baby boomers' times – survey | Money | The Guardian
Resolution Foundation study reveals growing concern about debt, job security, home ownership and retirement finances [...] “I feel sorry for millennials. They live in this low-wage economy now,” said one baby boomer. “I’m not sure how they’re going to afford anything. It’s dreadful.”
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september 2017 by asterisk2a
Why you're wrong if you think clamping down on immigration from Europe will help low-paid British workers | The Independent
but the conclusion is clear: our analysis suggest that the negative overall economic impact of reduced migration will far outweigh any modest wage gains for low-paid workers.

If low wages are the problem, ending free movement is not the solution.
Brexit  immigration  productivity  living  standard  output  gap  Austerity  underinvestment 
july 2017 by asterisk2a
Household income plays crucial role in determining a child's prospects – report | Inequality | The Guardian
LSE review of 61 childhood studies sheds new light on the role of money on cognitive and educational outcomes, social development and physical health - “We can now confidently say that money itself matters and needs to be taken into account if we want to improve children’s outcomes,” //&! https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/poverty-shrinks-brains-from-birth1/ - Neither study explains the cause of the cognitive differences. Although the authors of both studies admit that genetic factors could be involved, they suspect that environmental exposures such as stress and nutrition are more important and begin even before the babies are born. &! http://www.npr.org/2017/03/23/521195903/how-the-scarcity-mindset-can-make-problems-worse &! https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2013/11/your-brain-on-poverty-why-poor-people-seem-to-make-bad-decisions/281780/ &! http://www.npr.org/2014/01/13/261393781/poverty-as-a-social-condition
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july 2017 by asterisk2a
Number of nurses and midwives falls for third year in a row - BBC News
The number of nurses and midwives registering to work in Scotland has fallen for the third year in a row.
There were 1,200 fewer registered in March of this year than in 2014.
Figures published by the Nursing Midwifery Council (NMC) show it is a UK-wide problem but Scotland has seen the biggest drop.
It has led to claims of poor morale in the profession where staff are "constantly being asked to do more with less".
And it has highlighted concerns about replacing the large number of people due to retire from nursing and midwifery.
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july 2017 by asterisk2a
(2029) Martin Wolf on the rise of populism | Opinion - YouTube
Populism - binary division of ordinary pure v elites. perceived incompetence of everybody. wearing down ppl w austerity - bailouts.
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june 2017 by asterisk2a
UK pay squeeze breaks all sorts of records for all the wrong reasons | Larry Elliott | Business | The Guardian
As John Philpott, who runs the Jobs Economist consultancy, noted: “What’s remarkable is that pay growth, however measured, is so weak at a time when employment is at joint record rate of 74.8% and unemployment at a 42-year low of 4.6%, driven almost entirely in the latest quarter by relatively strong growth in full-time jobs for employees on permanent contracts. Hard times and near full employment make strange bedfellows, highlighting the extent to which a deregulated labour market with an abundance of workers available to fill low wage vacancies has altered the UK jobs landscape.”
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june 2017 by asterisk2a
Yes this really is the end of Tory austerity – because it was never about economics in the first place | The Independent
[private sector will pick up the tap - the households did, but not corporations! bc long-term ROI growth in not attractive in the west w secular stagnation! see Richard Koo ] But it was a very long time coming. It became clear within a year of George Osborne’s 2010 “emergency budget”, which forced through huge cuts in capital budgets and an intense squeeze on Whitehall departments and welfare spending, that the austerity medicine was hurting, not helping.

The economy was flatlining, teetering on the verge of recession. Whether this was primarily due to the crisis in the neighbouring eurozone and a spike in global oil prices or because the negative knock-on impact of the government’s domestic spending cuts was bigger than initially thought is still debated by economists.
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june 2017 by asterisk2a
First fall in consumer spending for almost 4 years
Consumer spending has fallen on an annual basis for the first time in almost four years [...] Adjusting for inflation, real consumer spending by British consumers on Visa debit, credit and prepaid cards in May was 0.8 per cent lower than in the same month last year. Visa said that seasonally adjusted spending was 1.8 per cent lower in May compared to April. The figures are unofficial, but suggest that sluggish economic growth continued in the second quarter, after a first quarter in which the UK grew at the slowest rate in the G7. [...] household consumption, which accounts for more than 60 per cent of the economy. [ 80 Services and Consumption 20 manufacturing ] /&! http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2017/06/11/new-economic-woes-put-theresa-may-fresh-pressure/ - The crucial services sector stands on the brink of a contraction
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june 2017 by asterisk2a
Linken-Wahlkampf: Wagenknechts Attacke auf Rot-Rot-Grün | ZEIT ONLINE
Ein Fünftel der Menschen arbeite im Niedriglohnsektor, Millionen Rentner seien von Armut bedroht, rechnet Wagenknecht vor und zitiert Wirtschaftsforscher, denen zufolge 40 Prozent der Erwerbstätigen heute weniger als Ende der 1990er Jahre verdienen würden. "Das ist doch ein Armutszeugnis für die ganze Politik", sagt die Spitzenkandidatin. Wenn Kanzlerin Angela Merkel (CDU) behaupte, Deutschland gehe es gut, kenne sie die Lebensrealität nicht.
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june 2017 by asterisk2a
Positive Psychologie - Warum Wohlbefinden wichtig für Leistung ist
Für die Definition von Leistung spielt Wohlbefinden bisher kaum eine Rolle. Die Psychologin Michaela Brohm-Badry plädiert für ein Umdenken: Nur wenn das Wohlbefinden des Menschen berücksichtigt würde, könnten Menschen ihr volles Potenzial entfalten. // wer depressed muede erschoepft und ohne alternative ist - gezwungen zu horchen - weil er am ende kein 100£ aufm konto hat - kann keine revolution anfangen oder an der revolution mitmachen. Byung-Chul Han - In Fatigue Society (original German title: Die Müdigkeitsgesellschaft)
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june 2017 by asterisk2a
(1397) Theresa May in Election Jitters Caught Lying About Tory Plans to Cut The National Health Service - YouTube
selling of buildings and land and leasing it back = privatisation 2.0 after PFI. // proceeds are used to run NHS! LOL // book Oliver Letwin a- artificially distress NHS and Co to privatise it to make it more palatable. // Naylor Report - http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/what-naylor-report-everything-you-10543351 /// Simon Stevens is Tories henchman and privatisation agenda!
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june 2017 by asterisk2a
Britain’s economy is broken. We desperately need new ideas | Tom Kibasi | Opinion | The Guardian
If the country was economically bankrupt in 2010, it is intellectually bankrupt in 2017. On the eve of the general election, politicians of all parties have rarely been so devoid of progressive ideas [...] Yet in substance, May’s approach remains mere tinkering at the edges of economic policy. The Conservatives remain stubbornly allergic to – or ignorant of – Keynesian macroeconomics. [...] [and housing and real estate lending distorting the lending picture. houses are not productive! R&D, and firms are. and creating long-term jobs w real incomes to spend (not remortgaging your home bc of housing bubble]
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june 2017 by asterisk2a
Finally, the ‘scaremongers’ of Brexit are being proved right | Nesrine Malik | Opinion | The Guardian
How did we let this happen? The economy question seems to have dropped out of the debate because it has been so debased by Brexit evangelists, backed by their cheerleaders in the press, treating any expressions of concern like sabotage. We have gone from “there will be no impact, don’t talk Britain down” to “if there is, it’s worth it”, making a martyr’s virtue of absorbing economic shocks for some greater ultimate good.
Brexit  UK  living  standard  secular  stagnation  GFC  recovery  Austerity  GE2017 
june 2017 by asterisk2a
Researchers have answered a big question about the decline of the middle class - The Washington Post
“This idea that we’re having this progression of increasing incomes over time — I think that might be true for the upper regions of the income distribution but not for the median,” said Nathaniel Hendren, a Harvard University economist who was not involved in the study. [...] The implication, Guvenen argues, is that economists should search for explanations for households’ current financial woes in the youth and childhood of today’s workers.

“We are maybe looking at the wrong place for the solution to stagnation in wages and rising inequalities,” Guvenen said. “To understand higher inequality, we should turn and take a closer look at youth.” /// &! one comment https://redd.it/69zf27 said part to do w competition. if you don't work for that money, others will. labour pool available for some kind of work. already applicable in the auto industry in usa uk and germany.
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may 2017 by asterisk2a
Here's Why A Slowdown In Earnings For The Top 1% Is A Problem For The UK - BuzzFeed News
“Fifteen years without a pay rise,” IFS director Paul Johnson said. “I’m rather lost for superlatives. This is completely unprecedented.” [...] If the top earners make less, the government brings in less tax revenue; it’s as simple as that. And with Brexit looming, the exchequer needs to raise all the funds it can.
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march 2017 by asterisk2a
Budget 2017: Hammond to tell us the Brexit vote could have been worse | Business | The Guardian
consumers carried on spending and businesses continued to expand.

The picture for the public finances is also looking rosier compared with Hammond’s maiden autumn statement in November. [...] But here’s what the chancellor will not tell you: living costs have gone up and will continue to do so. The poorest will be hit hardest as the cost of essentials such as food and heating take a growing chunk out of already tight family budgets. Wages will struggle to match rises in inflation and the government’s benefit cuts mean that incomes will fall for the poorest people in Britain. In short, unless the government does something significant to improve living standards this week, inequality will start rising again.
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march 2017 by asterisk2a
Homelessness expected to rise further as Government scraps housing benefit for young people | The Independent
cutting benefits will push up payments and cost of homelessness, destitution, drug abuse, crime, etc. - http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/housing-benefit-under-22-young-people-cut-theresa-may-save-money-ideological-cruel-a7612321.html?cmpid=facebook-post - Getting rid of housing benefit for 18 to 21-year-olds won't even save us that much money – it's ideological cruelty
When just 11,000 people will be affected (small fry in financial terms), it’s hard to escape the conclusion that the goal isn’t really to help people at all, but to punish them
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march 2017 by asterisk2a
STEVE KEEN on Private Debt - YouTube
the trick is up for tory austerity soon, when the private debt/household debt bubble bursts. and or the uk economy comes to a standstill. /// London has driven out the real wealth creators - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dyk1t4wEDAE - democracy by houses, bc renters have no rights, &! Money , banks, debt seems not to matter in status quo economics - Prof Steve Keen on Parasitic Banking Sector London School of Economics - https://youtu.be/Kh99jEE18KY GFC recovery is not recovery it is Japanese style stagnation! ex imigration¬!
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march 2017 by asterisk2a
IFS: Growth in UK living standards worst in 60 years | Business | The Guardian
The Institute for Financial Studies is predicting that households will be almost 20% worse off by 2021 - IFS calculations show that average household incomes will be 18% lower in 2021-22 than could have been reasonably expected before the financial crisis in 2007-08 - “One of the biggest drivers of the rise in child poverty is policy choices, which is why it is essential that the prime minister and chancellor use the upcoming budget to put in place measures to stop this happening. An excellent start would be to ensure families can keep more of their earnings under the universal credit.”
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march 2017 by asterisk2a
'It feels like a wilfully ignored secret': how commentators painted Stoke-on-Trent all wrong | UK news | The Guardian
(career) politician placards and journalists (headline grabbing) can only tell one-line slogan stories. ... for "ordinary people" there is just no space. and they can't make space for them. [...] Not many of these accounts left any room for complexity, nor any recognition of Stoke’s collective push for regeneration and revival, and plenty of local people greeted them with a mixture of anger and anxiety. [ also sold out to professional class, the ascendent as on the other side of the pond ]
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february 2017 by asterisk2a
The Bank of England is in denial. Brexit shows people don't act rationally | Robert Skidelsky | Business | The Guardian
Our models of quantifiable risk fail when faced with radical uncertainty. // retail spending binge post brexit and in run-up. // The challenge is to develop macroeconomic models that can work in stormy conditions: models that incorporate radical uncertainty and therefore a high degree of unpredictability in human behaviour. [...] Keynes, for his part, didn’t think this way at all. He wanted an economics that would give full scope for judgment, enriched not only by mathematics and statistics, but also by ethics, philosophy, politics, and history – subjects dropped from contemporary economists’ training, leaving a mathematical and computational skeleton. To offer meaningful descriptions of the world, economists, he often said, must be well educated.
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february 2017 by asterisk2a
Chancellor is an 'economic illiterate', claims pro-Brexit economist | Politics | The Guardian
[ Hard Brexit, out of single market ] Patrick Minford, an economics professor at Cardiff University, said Hammond and other politicians risked setting the UK on a course of serious self harm if they pushed for a trade deal with the EU that put customs charges on goods and services imported to the country.
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february 2017 by asterisk2a
UK faces return to inequality of Thatcher years, says report | Business | The Guardian
Pressure on the government to help struggling Britons has intensified after a leading thinktank warned that falling living standards for the poor threatened the biggest rise in inequality since Margaret Thatcher was prime minister.

The Resolution Foundation said Theresa May would need to make good on her pledge to support “just about managing” households as it released a report showing that rising inflation and an end to recent strong jobs growth would hit the least well-off hardest.
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february 2017 by asterisk2a
UK growth forecast upgraded amid warning over inflation | Business | The Guardian
NIESR said it remained convinced that the economy would slow this year as higher inflation reduced consumer spending power. “We expect the composition of growth to rebalance towards net trade, as the headwinds facing households from the erosion of their real incomes weigh on consumer spending while the depreciation of sterling supports net trade,” said Simon Kirby, NIESR’s head of macroeconomic forecasting. [...] The thinktank said its economic modelling showed that the benefits of the free-trade deals the government hopes to sign with the US, Canada and leading emerging economies would be dwarfed by the damage caused to exports of both goods and services to the EU.
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february 2017 by asterisk2a
UK inflation: now it's the pound in your pocket being devalued | Business | The Guardian
According to the National Institute for Economic & Social Research inflation is heading towards 4% as the effect of Brexit uncertainty keeps the pound low and imports expensive. [...] The government has pledged to double down on austerity from April, with cuts to tax credits and other benefits as well as the savings made over the last five years.

Such a sharp spike in prices will strain household finances, especially when wages growth is expected to remain at around 2.5%.

Bank of England policymaker Michael Saunders said last week that developments in the labour market such as zero-hour contracts and agency working meant wages were unlikely to take off any time soon. [...] [ rise in unsecured credit 2008 levels, and personal bankruptcies not easier (online) to do and 2016 personal bankruptcies were up ~16% ]
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january 2017 by asterisk2a
Weetabix warns it may raise prices due to fall in pound since Brexit vote | Business | The Guardian
Although the company harvests wheat in Northamptonshire, it is sold in US dollars on global markets, meaning the cost in pounds to buy wheat in the UK has gone up. Like other packaged food makers, it has been squeezed by the plunging value of sterling since last June, which has raised the cost of imported goods or globally traded commodities priced in US dollars. On Monday, Weetabix said it was in discussions with retailers about price increases. [ interesting to acknowledge, food is now owned by multinational conglomerates and or private capital/equity ] &! BEER - https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/jan/30/brexit-weak-pound-threatens-craft-beer-revolution-say-brewers
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january 2017 by asterisk2a
Weak UK productivity spurs warnings of living standards squeeze | Business | The Guardian
The north of England and Midlands ranged between 10% and 15% below the UK average. [...] Sluggish productivity growth will intensify the pressure on workers as they face rising living costs, [...] “These are disappointing figures overall, with little sign that the persistent underperformance on productivity is coming to an end. Many organisations will be unable to offer higher wages as a result, meaning significant numbers of workers will feel poorer in 2017 if inflation continues to rise as anticipated,” he said.
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january 2017 by asterisk2a
Brexit and the UK's role in 2017 - YouTube
UK joined EU for practical economic reasons, as it was sick man of europe and europe itself outgrew UK. Now UK makes irrational economic self-harm bc it doesnt see EU as strong any more, the rest is stronger and wont be bound by EU. // Theresa May to be unremarkable PM. Accidental Brexit PM. ... bc of ineptitude of Labour and majority of Press Landscape backing Brexit.
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december 2016 by asterisk2a
Welcome to Poundland, where life is bliss if you’re a foreign buyer | Andrew Rawnsley | Opinion | The Guardian
The dramatic plunge in the value of sterling is an early indicator of the price to be paid for Brexit [...] Remainers who had warned that divorcing the EU would unleash severe economic shocks were left looking a bit foolish because those consequences did not materialise immediately. The Outers had a success during the referendum in persuading many voters to ignore the “so-called” experts on the other side and their cautions that there would be a steep bill to pay. [...] If making your currency cheaper was the route to riches, our streets ought to be encrusted with diamonds by now. [ it is in policy! ]
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october 2016 by asterisk2a
National Living Wage has not led to job losses - survey
Employers have responded to the new National Living Wage (NLW) by raising prices or reducing profits rather than cutting jobs, according to a new survey from the Resolution Foundation. //&! nlw sold as something new under tory spinner george osborne and cameron, was just a planned raise of the minimum wage!
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july 2016 by asterisk2a
CURRENT ACCOUNT DEFICIT ON THE BALANCE OF PAYMENTS: THE MOST DAMNING STATISTIC!
If you want to understand how an economy is performing and how sustainable its economic growth then look at the current account balance. Officially it is often ignored and there are attempts to play down its significance. After all it is always only just a few years away from an election so the very short term is considered much more important than the long term strength and economic health of the economy. Dire straits is not an underestimate of the current damaged state of the UK economy and indeed many other western economies. [ affordable only bc of City of London (Banking and Co.)! - bit.ly/297c6D3 - Novara Media - The City: In Conversation with Tony Norfield ]
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june 2016 by asterisk2a
What quality of life can minimum wage workers afford? - YouTube
&! youtu.be/9-Y7BPqj_G0 - One NYC family's struggle to survive on a fast food salary //&! Living Paycheck to Paycheck | The New York Times - youtu.be/45Ouqrnku2g //&! A Family Faces Food Insecurity in America’s Heartland - youtu.be/uV2XCQZWf_g //&! 2010, TrueNewsNetwork is more liberal conservative leaning take, against redistribution - youtu.be/F7Pq_FDIcpw //&! Poor Kids (Documentary) - Real Stories - youtu.be/i9aSp9bFmMg //&! Do minimum wage increases actually help the poor?
PBS NewsHour - youtu.be/_S0KeeGO660
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june 2016 by asterisk2a
Martin Lewis conforonts Osborne over his living wage con
companies cut back on perks, lunch breaks, and paid overtime arrangements. or change work arrangement; change to being self-employed contractor. //&! As predicted Osborne's national living wage is a con - youtu.be/MQfEWTN5hR4 - cut of overtime and weekend pay bonus. - ALSO THERE COMES AGE DISCRIMINATION. BECAUSE starts not for students!/<25years old! //&! bbc.co.uk/news/business-36082247 - Osborne warns firms not to cut perks on back of National Living Wage
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Is Stephen Crabb the man to tackle this age of extreme inequality?
The Panama Papers will lead to the dynamiting of Tory credibility, but new work and pensions secretary, Stephen Crabb, is unlikely to prove the saviour of his party’s reputation. [...] Last autumn’s U-turn over cuts to working tax credits was a smoke screen. The axe will fall, only not everywhere, not just yet. From this week, existing universal credit claimants will lose up to £220 a month as the work allowance is pared back faster than the national living wage increases to replace it. [...] Short of taking a vow of poverty and retreating like Charles V to a monastery, there is nothing he can say now that will change the perception that he is at the head of a party that has a fundamental personal interest in preserving the advantages of the 1%.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Universal credit cuts to lose low-income families up to £200 a month
[ UC is a backdoor welfare cut ] Changes to be introduced on Monday will push more low-paid working families into poverty, charities say. Tens of thousands of low-paid working families can expect to lose up to £200 a month as a result of changes to universal credit introduced on Monday – the first wave of £3bn in welfare cuts that will affect 1m households by 2020. [...] a full-time single parent would have to work a 14-month year. [...] The cuts stem from changes in the work allowance unveiled by the chancellor, George Osborne, in his summer budget a year ago. These drastically reduced the amount people can earn before low-wage top-ups are withdrawn at the rate of 65p per £1 earned.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
George Osborne: A profile of the man behind the Budget - BBC Newsnight
// 70% of UK economy growth (GDP), 2015, was consumption. // and trade deficit/current account deficit for 2015, biggest ever on record ---- The UK's current account deficit widened to a record high in the final quarter of last year.
The deficit in the three months to December was £32.7bn, the equivalent of 7% of GDP, said the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
For all of 2015, it came to £96.2bn or 5.2% of GDP. Both figures were the highest since records began in 1948.
A current account deficit means the value of imports of goods, services and investment income exceeds exports.[...] "An obvious potential trigger for the markets losing confidence in the UK economy could be a vote to leave the EU in the 23 June referendum." [ harder to finance w weak Sterling and higher interest rates, rating agencies hinted at the case of a downgrade of UK's credit worthieness ] - bbc.in/1ZMEvAg
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Konzept gegen Wohnungsnot: Höher, enger, dichter
In deutschen Großstädten fehlen Wohnungen und freie Flächen. Die sogenannte "Nachverdichtung" könnte die Wohnungsnot mindern. Das Potenzial ist groß - doch Anwohner sind oft alles andere als begeistert. [ ... In ballungsgebieten ...] 2030 würden dann bereits eine Million Wohnungen fehlen. [...] Das gelingt nicht immer. Wird zu stark verdichtet, geht das zulasten der Wohnqualität - die Menschen leiden unter mehr Lärm und Verkehr, haben weniger Freizeitflächen in ihrer Umgebung. Entstehen mehrheitlich Eigentums- oder teure Mietwohnungen, ist der neue Wohnraum für viele nicht bezahlbar - das beschleunigt die Gentrifizierung. [... Active change in Planning Laws to allow new types of developments ... ] Die Bundesregierung unterstützt Nachverdichtung, indem sie Kommunen zum Beispiel mehr Spielräume für die Bebauung von Innenstadtflächen einräumt.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
As unicorn startups send customer service gigs to the hinterland, is Silicon Valley exporting its prosperity, or just dead-end jobs?
In the end, only a couple of the San Francisco Lyft staffers decided to go to Nashville. Some scrambled to find new jobs in the company, and the rest got severance and left. Six months later, two people I talked to are still looking for jobs, in a city that boasts a 3.4 percent unemployment rate. “I feel a little burned by this experience,” said one. “There’s just this understanding that if you work for customer service in the tech world you’re not valued. Those are soft skills, and associated with women, they’re not super valued.” [...] With their skills deemed better suited to Nashville, Lyft’s workers can’t help but internalize another message about whether they belong in increasingly Darwinian San Francisco. “It doesn’t make any fucking sense to live in one of the most expensive areas in the country and work in nonprofit development,” one told me.
Another customer service worker I’d talked to from a big software company decided that if she wanted to stick around the Bay Area, it was time to teach herself to code.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Nottingham woman, 93, found living in 'squalor'
Sevacare has been providing domiciliary care services for Nottingham City Council for five years and currently cares for 183 people
A report following a Care Quality Commission inspection in 2015 said improvement was required in two out of five areas - safety and responsiveness
The report noted: "Although there were sufficient numbers of staff, there was a high turnover, which impacted on people's views of the quality of service they received."
Sevacare was contracted to provide the 93-year-old woman with one two-hour support call and two 15-minute pop-in calls, a week.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Over 80% Of Jobs Added In January Were Minimum Wage Earners | Zero Hedge
most of the jobs that were created, if only on a goalseeked, seasonally adjusted basis, were of the lowest paying, worst possible quality as has been the case for the past 7 years as the BLS desperately seeks to "pad" its political mandate of providing proof in a recovery which however is impossible if it were to tell the truth. //&! https://www.reddit.com/r/Economics/comments/48xbro/jobs_report_242000_jobs_added_unemployment_rate/d0njzvb //&! http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-03-04/past-year-us-added-360000-waiters-and-only-12000-manufacturing-workers &! http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-03-04/president-obama-takes-economic-victory-lap-after-biggest-wage-drop-record
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
TWiST - E622 by TWiStartups
when displaced through technology "labour will find eventually more productive uses." // creative cognitive non-repetitive work is safe // more bounty // have to have social safety net! general welfare "complex issue" to tax the 1% for that ... // 40:50 Pakistan, Drone Warfare, one hand does x other hand does y ... see PBS Frontline on Iraq war. Also Fahrenheit 9/11. Cablegate. harbouring taliban, al-quaida, refuge and supplying them.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Talia Jane may have deceived us, but her point stands
ind.pn/1Qc5SxH bit.ly/1KJQjAE bit.ly/1SV92vy bit.ly/1oBBh5k [ 2nd jobs bc first does only cover bills ] Even if Talia was the most frugal millennial in all the land, she’d still be living beyond her means. In the Bay Area, that is shockingly easy to do, thanks in part to companies like her former employer that have driven rents sky-high with no ceiling in sight. Income inequality is a huge problem in this country, especially in the Bay Area. Yelp’s answer to that, by the way, appears to be to just move the lower wage jobs to Phoenix, rather than pay the employees it has in San Francisco more. Charming. //&! https://twitter.com/hankgreen/status/702488056645992449 - women in the workplace ... //&! https://twitter.com/polotek/status/702025499782950912 bootstap yourself
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Whiners vs. Winners: 2 Emerging Millennial Mindsets in the Workplace | Inc.com
- Whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger. - How successful you are depends on how much s--- you're willing to put up with. [...] Today, the current economic situation is testing Millennials' grit. Unfortunately, some are making critical mistakes that are costing them opportunities for advancement. In other cases, like the woman from Yelp, they're even getting fired.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Dispatches - Low Pay Britain - All 4
living wage starts from 21? 25? // retail big! high street big! - service sector. no manufacturing ... // IT IS CORPORATE SUBSIDY - PROGRAM FOR LOW PAY! // very far from Germay model! // tax payer pays for people in high street! // Ofsted found inadequate conditions! AND SMALL MINORITY GET ACTUALLY A FULL-TIME JOB! LOL LOL LOL! // Social Market Foundation (research) found lvl2 apprenticeship adds nothing to purse over a lifetime. // its DWP policy to get young people off the paper onto other paper largely, still funded, by the gov - still adding to budget deficit. // Ofsted concerned over apprenticeships "wasting public funds" // WHAT A TORY SPIN! // retail places have shot up, and construction plummeted! the latter is harder or put through training providers ( private companies, PRIVATISATION! ). employers are not in charge. to quote one employee of a training provider "meet targets, get money in" its about the # of apprenticeships, not the quality or economic need/industry. //
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Should Ofsted get a US boss? - BBC News
In particular, they are considering candidates who have been involved in the charter school movement, state-funded independent schools, with a similar ideological DNA to academies and free schools in England. The big impact of charter schools has been in the most deprived urban areas, credited with re-energising schools that had been in a state of chronic decline. It's a claim rejected by their opponents, particularly in US teachers' unions, who say that the successful glitz and PR around charter schools is not backed up by any significant long-term advantage. Some charter schools do well, some do badly... like any other type of school, they argue. The current mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, has been accused by charter school groups of putting up "roadblocks" to their expansion. [...] [ PISA & a very mixed picture in USA ... and no co-operation, collaboration and trust. ]
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Full-time work is no bar to poverty in UK, report says | Society | The Guardian
Despite at least one adult working full time, millions of households cannot make ends meet, Joseph Rowntree Foundation reports [...] Millions of households struggle to make ends meet even though they include at least one adult in full-time work, according to a report by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF). Living standards have declined since 2008 despite the economy’s return to growth, the anti-poverty charity said, warning that families with children are at particular risk of a life in poverty. [...] The MIS is determined by asking members of the public to define what is needed to “live to an adequate level”. The threshold is £16,850 for a single person, £25,600 for a lone parent with one child and £36,060 for a single breadwinner with two children. [...] Approximately 11.6 million people in the UK live below the MIS, [...] An improving economy alone is not guaranteed to reverse this rise.” [...] [ no economic security in this recovery! ]
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Scientists: air pollution led to more than 5.5 million premature deaths in 2013 | Environment | The Guardian
“Air pollution is the fourth-highest risk factor for death globally and by far the leading environmental risk factor for disease,” said Michael Brauer, a researcher from the University of British Columbia. Brauer said air pollution contributed to heart disease, stroke, lung cancer, bronchitis, emphysema and acute infections. He and his colleagues compared the problem in Asia to the conditions under centuries of industrial revolution in the US and Europe: massive economic growth smothered by clouds of toxic matter in the air. [... COAL ...] “Even in the most clean scenario in 2030,” Ma said, China’s growing and ageing population will still suffer 990,000 to 1.3 million deaths a year.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Everything We Think We Know About Addiction Is Wrong - YouTube
substance abuse as form of self-medication and coping mechanism - due to their environment they live in. It's the cage you live in. Unhealthy bonds - vs - Healthy bonds. Crisis of disconnection. Social vs Individual recovery!
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Aberdeen and Edinburgh highlighted in city economies report - BBC News
No Scottish cities were in the top 10 for "low-wage, high-welfare" economies. The 2016 report - described as a "health check" for the 63 largest UK cities - focused on Chancellor George Osborne's vow to build a "higher wage, lower welfare" economy, as set out in the Summer Budget 2015. >> It argued that nearly a million new jobs had been created in cities since 2010 - but that the average salary had also dropped by £1,300 per resident. 'High-wage, low-welfare' << [...] The think tank said the two areas' ability to attract high-skilled jobs - in the oil and professional services industries for example - was the key to their success. It argued that cities with high wages had seen faster jobs growth, with employment rising by 10% since 2010, compared with 3% in low-wage cities. [...] [ Housing Crisis across the country thus ] increased housing benefit payments.
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Cameron: Labour doesn’t believe in home ownership – video | Society | The Guardian
home ownership is the only wealth item in privates balance sheet. but as we know from history, dont base ur wealth on one asset. particular houses. houses/flats are there to be lived in. & maybe move out & into a new one, moving city for new or better job. property should not be prioritised as singular wealth storage // USA promoted home ownership // Tories policy is helping people save, and buy, keeping the house prices going up an up and up. // &! Complete Privatisation of housing market; Ministers want to get rid of social housing, former civil service chief to say. Lord Kerslake to say housing bill will force councils to sell off more than 100,000 homes to subsidise right-to-buy discounts - bit.ly/1Qr1FKr - The former head of the civil service will accuse government ministers this week of trying to phase out social housing altogether in favour of a new generation of “starter” homes that will be unaffordable for people on low incomes. //&! bit.ly/20lvGOp Privatisation a disaster
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Committee warns of decline in Scottish employment standards - BBC News
[ always announcing new jobs created #, but not the wage ] Members said there had been a "decline in job quality" in recent years, with an increase in low-paid zero-hours contract jobs since the 2008 recession. Their report said public money could be better used to support workers. The committee heard evidence from scores of organisations and took submissions from more than 600 people. Convener Murdo Fraser said the evidence from firms and workers suggested there had been a decline in job quality and an increase in low-paid jobs on "exploitative" zero-hours contracts in recent years. He said: "Whilst employment statistics point to an increase to those in work, if we look beyond the figures, we have uncovered a worrying trend in poor quality employment. [...] "We heard during our inquiry that poor quality work has a significant impact on people's health and wellbeing.
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Plan to end student grants without Commons vote outrages opposition | Politics | The Guardian
[ shifting public debt onto private debt balance sheet. = no vision! debt is still there in economy! paying higher interest rates. -- vs -- bankers gambling debt put on public balance sheet! ] Ministers have been accused of an “outrageous” attempt to sneak through their proposals to end student grants in England without proper scrutiny by MPs. The plan to scrap maintenance grants, which help half a million of the poorest students pay for university life, will go through a legislation committee on Thursday, without a vote and debate on the floor of the House of Commons. [...] Labour is opposing the change and the lack of scrutiny. Gordon Marsden, the shadow universities minister, said it was “not simply technical tinkering but a major change by the government that will deprive around half a million of England’s students from lower income and disadvantaged households, of maintenance grant funding”. // &! NHS nurse bursaries - ind.pn/1IYHYbk &! bit.ly/1IWZJI0 &! bbc.in/1RAhLRv
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
BBC One - Panorama, The VW Emissions Scandal
London's Oxford Street most polluted street in Europe. // natal and childhood exposure >> damage (lung function) >> last a lifetime. // ultrafine particles have an unknown effect to health/lungs. get trapped in 'crater' of streets in the city and you the pedestrian on ground level is exposed most. // my impression, testing of emissions in lab with given scenario does not reflect everyday car use of public.
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november 2015 by asterisk2a
Low wage employers in Scotland named and shamed - BBC News
Overall, the 115 UK companies named owed workers more than £389,000 in arrears. The firms spanned sectors including hairdressing, retail, education, catering and social care. Since the name and shame scheme was introduced in 2013, 400 employers have been listed, with total arrears of nearly £1.2m and penalties of about £513,000.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Cycling: three-quarters of Britons support more spending on bike use | Environment | The Guardian
[ where is the bike lobby here? its a bn dollar business. ] Biggest ever survey on subject says people would like government to spend almost seven times more on bike infrastructure than it does now. [...] Currently, about 1% to 2% of all trips in the UK are made by bike, as against figures of 25% or more in some nations, such as the Netherlands. Activists argue that more bike use would greatly help combat the ongoing health crisis caused by physical inactivity, as well as reducing vehicle pollution, among other benefits. “The message from the public couldn’t be clearer: there’s a desire to cycle more, but that a lack of safe places to ride bikes is off ­putting,” said Jason Torrance, policy director at Sustrans. [...] “Physical inactivity, congestion and declining air quality cost our economy billions. Governments must act to secure a greater share of current transport investment for cycling and walking.”
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
UK's most expensive city facing 'catastrophe' - BBC News
shortage of supply = unaffordable = nobody can afford to live there, work there, study there. or have to commute from out of town for 1 hour or more. // this is not only a problem in Oxford. NHS Grampian has problems of recruiting because unaffordable house prices and rents pushed up by Oil Industry and the lack of new housing. Same for teaching jobs. // all the while building companies make pumper profits and even skirt around the edges to lower the ratio of social and affordable housing they have to provide with each new big project. its in their interest, if prices were to fell, they would make less money. so they build not enough to keep up with demand at all. and not enough so each new builds profit rises because of risen demand and people willing to pay more for the same house or flat from previous year or two or three despite no real improvement in the build technically/energy efficiency wise/or architecture wise - modern, wide open, big windows. //
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Average monthly rent hits record high of £816, highlighting housing shortage | Money | The Guardian
Rents rose across most of England by averages of 6.3% and 8.5% in past year, say separate studies, but fell in the north-west, north-east and Wales [...] Housing charity Shelter said the figures “highlight the plight of an entire generation stuck in insecure and expensive private renting”. On Tuesday, official figures underlined the continuing difficulty of buying, as UK house prices surged to a record peak of £284,000 on average in August. According to the report from Your Move and Reeds Rains, rents rose to a “new all-time record” in September and are up a typical 6.3% on an annual basis. It found that rents are now almost a quarter (24%) higher than in January 2010, while the index of CPI inflation is just 14% higher over the same period. // bonuses and pay and profit for building companies are up as well. actively restricting demand to push up prices marginally (compounding over time). nearly all property sells before even the first brick is put down for the development!]
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Matthew Hancock ripped apart on Tax Credits, welfare, etc. (05Oct15) - YouTube
- still worse off. [...] "we gotta make the savings." << morality - taking from the poor and letting tax evasion and avoidance go on. and other corporate welfare policies, that don't pay their taxes in the end.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
More jobs paying below living wage - BBC News
'Prevalent' low pay The ONS figures show that the proportion of jobs paying below the living wage has grown. In 2014, young adults were most likely to be paid less than the living wage. Some 58% of jobs carried out by 18 to 24-year-olds outside of London and 48% of jobs in this age group in London were paid less than the living wage. In accommodation and food services in 2014, an estimated 65% of jobs paid less than the living wage in London and 70% in the rest of the UK. Northern Ireland had 29% of jobs paying below the living wage, the highest in the country. At the other end of the scale, 19% of jobs in the South East of England, London and Scotland paid below the living wage. [...] "These figures demonstrate that while the economy may be recovering as a whole, there is a real problem with ensuring everyone benefits, and low pay in still prevalent in Britain today."
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Scottish government attacks 'national living wage' plans - BBC News
The UK government's National Living Wage plans have been criticised as a "misappropriation of the term" by the Scottish government. Under the plans announced by Chancellor George Osborne in July, the minimum wage for over-25s will rise from £6.50 an hour to £7.20 in April next year. It will rise to at least £9 by 2020. The Scottish government said the proposals were "simply an enhancement of the national minimum wage" rather than a true living wage. [...] "It is simply an enhancement of the national minimum wage which disgracefully discriminates against the under 25s.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
The way to kill a complex city is to chase out all the poor people – and their food | Samantha Gillison | Comment is free | The Guardian
When greed makes a place like New York, London or San Francisco unaffordable, the non-wealthy leave, and the city loses the smells and tastes that made it great
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
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