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Tax credits: SNP and Conservative MPs clash over government cuts - YouTube
Natalie McGarry, the SNP's shadow disabilities spokesperson, and Conservative MP Chris Philp, a member of the Treasury Select Committee, debate the government's tax credit cuts.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Government facing defeat in Lords over tax credits | Politics | The Guardian
Tim Farron instructs peers to back fatal motion, greatly increasing chances of government being defeated //&! bit.ly/1NlQDCE - Live Ticker of that Day: Former shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna says that while state subsidy going to employers to top-up low wages is not desirable, it is the order of the government’s policy that is the problem, ie. cutting tax credits before the wages go up enough. [ << SHOWING HOW LITTLE EVERYDAY MORALITY, ETHICS, HUMILITY, MENSCH, COMPASSION AND SENSIBILITY TORIES HAVE. ] //&! MP Heidi Allen warns tax credit cuts 'betray' Tory values [...] cutting peoples cloth when there is no cloth. - bbc.in/1LlzFDQ [...] want "transitional" arrangements [...] [MP Heidi Allen] said her party must not treat it as "a spreadsheet exercise" since many of those affected would not be able to cope and faced a stark choice between heating their homes and putting food on their tables. //&! bit.ly/1jRP9WJ &! bit.ly/1M6zk5j - Who is MP Heidi Allen?
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
NHS warns nurse immigration rules 'harm patient safety' - BBC News
"But the fact that 10 senior chief executives from different parts of England have signed this letter reflects the strength of concern across the NHS. "The public might, like us, be surprised to learn that the list of occupations with shortages includes computer games designers and even ballet dancers - but not nurses." The Migration Advisory Committee is reviewing this aspect of the immigration system but is not due to report until the end of the year. The NHS leaders argue action is needed before then - because extra UK nurses who are in training now will not be available until 2017 at the earliest. [ >> Risk of more agency staff >> higher budget spend ] UCLH, which has about 500 vacancies at the moment, out of 3,000 nurses. // &! bit.ly/1LZ0nlH - A chronic lack of nurses so serious that it posed “a major risk” to patients. - NHS hospital trust put in special measures over serious care failings
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Soziale Gerechtigkeit und Wachstum: Deutschland mittelmäßig - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Wie gut gelingt es Staaten, eine nachhaltige Wirtschaftspolitik mit sozialer Gerechtigkeit zu vereinen? Deutschland landet in einer Studie des Weltwirtschaftsforums nur im Mittelfeld. Vor allem das Steuersystem schneidet schlecht ab. // &! bit.ly/1K7qKCb - Erbschaft!
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Vince Cable: ‘Historically, the coalition will be seen as a success’ – interview | Politics | The Guardian
[A] look at the post-crash global economy, is the first fruit of that freedom. After toeing the line for five years, he can go public with his criticisms of chancellor George Osborne’s handling of the economy. He warns that the emphasis on consumption rather than investment, the continuing reliance on house price inflation as the driver of growth, the decline in productivity and innovation mean fundamental problems are not being addressed. He is also the first minister to lift the lid on the coalition: we learn the Tories could be likable colleagues but “collectively appalling, with ugly tribal prejudices”; that Osborne and David Cameron were unable “to move Theresa May an inch”; that Osborne’s Treasury effectively controlled government, with a hands-off Cameron; and that, in Cable’s view, Nick Clegg and Danny Alexander were too accepting of the Treasury line. [...] [ Cameron the PR man, being in office for the sake of just being in Office ] &! bit.ly/1KROBLk
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Thousands have died soon after being found ‘fit to work’ by the DWP’s benefit tests - UK Politics - UK - The Independent
The Department for Work and Pensions battled for months not to release the numbers, with its chief minister Iain Duncan Smith at one point telling Parliament they did not exist. [...] "What lies behind these figures is a cruel climate generated by some politicians and sections of the media that seeks to demonise those in need and undermine public confidence in our welfare state," [...] In 2012 a government advisor appointed to review the Government’s Work Capability Assessment said the tests were causing suffering by sending sick people back to work inappropriately. // [ privatisation and profiteering ] // Mr Duncan Smith arguing that the previous cash level created a “perverse incentive”. // &! bit.ly/1Ik0ovC &! bit.ly/1fJlfSe - More than 80 people a month are now dying after being declared ‘fit for work’. The safety net that used to be there for the most vulnerable is being torn to shreds [...] stopped using the term social security and replaced it with “welfare”.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
George Osborne is a magician – despite his record he’s seen as a success | Owen Jones | Comment is free | The Guardian
The chancellor’s record demonstrates a specialism in policies that are too complicated to successfully rebut – a pernicious but effective approach [...] ‘He turns myths into common sense. He spins policies that benefit the richest into rewards for aspiration. He transforms his disastrous record into success.’ [...] GDP per capita remains lower than before Lehman Brothers imploded. Not since the Victorian era have workers’ pay packets flatlined for as long as they have under Osborne. [...] His government pledged to start paying off the country’s debts, but he added more than every single Labour chancellor in history put together. Under his chancellorship, productivity has stagnated disastrously. In much-derided France, productivity is 27% higher. How can this record be regarded as anything other than dire?
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Row breaks out over benefit cuts 'suicide watch' claims - BBC News
The SNP and Labour have hit out over claims that frontline benefits staff are getting guidance on how to deal with claimants threatening suicide. The Sunday Herald reported that the advice has been given to Scottish Department for Work and Pensions staff. The SNP said it highlighted the "devastating impact" of benefit cuts and sanctions, while Labour said cuts were hitting the vulnerable. The DWP said staff can refer claimants for support and this was "nothing new". The guidelines for call centre staff are designed to help staff deal with unsuccessful applicants for Universal Credit who are threatening to self-harm or take their own life, the newspaper reported. [...] "That the UK government are issuing suicide guidance to their frontline staff is an acknowledgement by them of the devastating impact of their social security cuts on people's lives - it's not new guidance they need, it's a new approach." [...] [We are all in this together.] [But, sense of everyone for him/herself. ]
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Call to set aside apprenticeships for care leavers - BBC News
[ opening the door for people, they have to walk through. these are people often with complex needs thus need a holistic solution and support that in austere times local and public services can't provide ] Thousands of apprenticeships in England should be reserved for young people coming out of care, a charity says. Barnardo's is calling on ministers to reserve 20,000 apprenticeships for 16-18 year olds from the care system. Care leavers' potential and not only their entry qualifications should be taken into account, Barnardo's says. [...] The strategy says there is a significant gap between the educational achievements of care leavers and their peers. In June, the Prison Reform Trust launched an independent review to examine why so many children in care in England and Wales end up in the criminal justice system. [...] Instead of apprenticeships depending on entry qualifications only, care leavers' potential should also be taken into account, the charity says. [...] intensive support
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Better to inherit a home than start a business in Osborne.uk | Will Hutton | Comment is free | The Guardian
Our government is locked into a mindset in which economic problems are rooted in regulation, taxation and the public sector, so its reform efforts are focused there rather than addressing the palpable dysfunctions of the private sector. [...] It is Orwellian. There is a productivity review that will not raise productivity and a budget that will do little to deliver what the chancellor says he wants. This should offer rich pickings for any opposition – but to exploit the possibilities it first has to understand them and then challenge Osborne’s narrative. It is a sign of our shrunken times that instead the chancellor bestrides our economics and politics like a colossus.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
▶ BBC Radio 4 - Today, 15/08/2015, David Cameron: 'Without the restrictions of the Liberal Democrats we were able to do something radical'
On nurses/doc/gp training, they did cut the budget 4 that, when they came to office together with the lib dems! // "You can only control immigration if you control welfare," >> he is accepting collateral damage ... // Tories are taking UKIPs stance on this issue here. a calculated career politicians move. // and spin notable, using "living wage" declaring it a living wage. instead of the minimum wage. // securing the future of our country ... tax evasion, lower taxes for corp, low taxes for well off/rich (see OECDs recent warning), no STEM, bigger inequality, lower gini coefficient - social mobility, poverty trap (Student Maintenance Grant, study showed more students work part-time than ever to support themselves through uni because of living cost), gender inequality - tax credit cuts hit single working mothers, redefining disability and vulnerable, cutting training budget for nurses and doctors in previous budget - NHS has to costly hire overseas and demanding 7-day service!
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
In Tory Britain, young people are having their future stolen | Owen Jones | Comment is free | The Guardian
Vandalising sixth-form colleges is the latest in an onslaught on the aspirations of working-class youth. [...] Low-skilled, low-pay, insecure work beckons for many; and those aspiring for a job in the professions are often expected to work for free – largely impossible without well-heeled parents to support them. The attacks seem to come daily. Some of us warned that measures initially directed against migrants would inevitably be broadened out. Tightening the availability of tax credits for migrants may now mean the removal of tax credits for all 18-year-olds for four years, punishing the young working poor and young parents in particular. // &! Sixth form colleges left on starvation rations by government cuts, says report. Survey on England’s 93 colleges shows class sizes rising, courses being dropped and seven out of 10 principals worried of inability to provide a quality education - bit.ly/1L3wd3d // &! bbc.in/1hv2x2n &! bbc.in/1DHDnrl // &! bit.ly/1IWgHjv - young dont vote ...
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Jaguar Land Rover urged to give assurances over 36,000 British jobs | Business | The Guardian
[ Tories economic policy for the future is the small state, and nothing else, its the short-term dogma and ideology of the Tories. ] // JLR said it had turned down other locations in Europe, the US and Mexico in favour of Nitra because of a strong supply chain and good infrastructure. Poland has claimed that Slovakia offered high state subsidies to win the factory, which it was not prepared to match. Slovakia has already attracted Germany’s Volkswagen, South Korea’s Kia and France’s PSA Peugeot Citroën, which together build hundreds of thousands of cars in the country each year. The average hourly labour cost in Slovakia is below €10 (£7), less than half that of Britain, according to Eurostat figures. The plant could help reduce JLR’s reliance on Britain, where it had to offer an improved pay and pensions deal last year to avoid strike action.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Health regulator tells NHS trusts to 'look again' at finances - BBC News
bit.ly/1UjGIAQ - NHS told to fill vacancies 'only where essential' due to looming funding crisis. NHS trusts have been told by Monitor, the health service regulator, to fill vacancies “only where essential” as it warned that current financial plans are “quite simply unaffordable”. [...] As I have said before, if we are to do the best we can for patients we must leave no stone unturned in our collective efforts to make the money we have go as far as possible. [...] of course, all actions should be consistent with your responsibilities for safety and the delivery of constitutional standards.” [...] Andy Burnham, the shadow health secretary [...] "It will raise further questions about how the government can possibly fulfil commitments on a seven-day NHS without the money to back it up.” // &! http://www.theguardian.com/society/nhs // &! bit.ly/1IFaL3P - we really are getting sicker // &! bbc.in/1Hnj8tH &! bbc.in/1Ik1Zbx &! bbc.in/1IPeCuq &! bbc.in/1vRxxKx
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
An open letter from a doctor to Jeremy Hunt
The patients are more numerous and sicker than ever before; partly due to the ageing population, but also because the patients getting admitted to hospital have been disproportionately disadvantaged by the decimation of health and social care provision both in hospitals and nationwide in the community. The estimated funding gap for adult social care this decade? £4.3 billion.Charity funding cut by £1.3 billion; personal care cut; mental health services cut ; disability benefits cut; carers in crisis; benefit caps inexorably tightening; all welfare increasingly inaccessible to the most vulnerable members of society: the unwell, the poor, the young, the disabled.
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Manchester should be honouring its homeless protesters, not evicting them | Ally Fogg | Comment is free | The Guardian
The fortitude of homeless people camped in the city centre is a reminder of the savage human costs of austerity – and symbolises a willingness to fight back. [...] Poverty rarely breaks into the sunlight and presents itself unashamedly to the world. The usual nature of hunger, homelessness, destitution and desperation is to lurk, shy and embarrassed below the surface of public consciousness. [...] Meanwhile, Manchester, like most industrial cities, has been attempting to manage the social catastrophes caused by the ravages of austerity. This year alone the council voted through a £59m budget cut imposed from central government, a full £30m of which came out of the adult social care budget. It follows £250m in cuts imposed since David Cameron became prime minister.
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Recruiting foreign nurses 'frustrating and expensive' - BBC News
It is "distracting, frustrating and expensive" to have to recruit large numbers of nurses from overseas, the head of a leading NHS hospital says. [...] Around 7,500 nurses from countries such as Spain, Romania and Italy registered to work in the UK last year. [...] Addenbrooke's believes it costs £3,000 to recruit each nurse from elsewhere in the EU. New arrivals are given their first month's accommodation and also £400, so long as they stay for 18 months. // &! bbc.in/1giuPwP // &! bbc.in/1GXqFzb - UK 'raiding countries' for nurses --- May 2010 ( budget - bit.ly/1LPhnMa ) cutback in training places, felt now. Short-termism! 5 years and you feel what was was cut & will make up for it years to come because of the continued chronic underfunding of places to fill the needs.
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Who Will Pay? Austerity vs. Bailouts | Greece, Europe and The Euro! - YouTube
have to be held accountable >> bankers! but have not, just transfered private debt/losses onto public balance sheet which no has to paid down by the weakest of society and collectively by less public investment for the future (output gap/lower productivity) ie into infrastructure and education // stealing from the young // policy making by comfort and trinkets - George Osborne // moral hazard - the options they choose - paulson geithner summers and co made the tbtf and jail even worse! instead should have chosen partial privatization // sold off our future for keeping the gangsters "private" - get out of jail free card for what reason? because it would be not American? American means to be WALL STREET crony capitalistic greed with tax evasion and lobbying to the tunes of millions - your judge - that judges on you whether you get a free out of jail card?! // who will suffer in the end? the public and the weakest of society and unborn! period. long-term. // &! youtu.be/EmHYeGI0b_U
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Resistance is not enough – we need a whole new political vision | Zoe Williams | Comment is free | The Guardian
[ trying to pit the weak and squeezed against the weaker, on the the dole, and bread line and disadvantaged (born into extreme poverty) ] // The budget took us further down a vindictive, regressive path. But we don’t have to toe the government’s line – we need to decide how we want society to look // [ Book owen Jones - The Establishment ] // [ cutting away left and right, even those things which help long-term creating opportunity - eduction policy, vocational education, (Student Maintenance Grant) social services, mental health and well being ... ] [...] To attack first entails retaking the language, so that we aren’t constantly battling on the territory of “common sense” that has already been demarcated and controlled by someone else. Professor Danny Dorling, at the British Library’s weekend conference on London, had this suggestion, in the wake of Osborne’s appropriation of the phrase “living wage”. [ Same with re-appropriating child poverty targets ] [ intellectual scum ]
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
BBC iPlayer - Newsnight - 08/07/2015
"Comprehensive analysis of the Budget with Evan Davis and guests." // During the election David Cameron said child tax credit/benefit was off the list of welfare spending cuts. - broken election campaign promise // --- SHOULD BE (Labour Party Policy for next election):: make work pay and eliminate child poverty AND help people (everyone) w education and support to find better and more gainful work that lift them and the economy by producing added value products. // no path to higher wages, no path to higher productivity, no path to added value British Products export increase (manufacturing, research, STEM, ...) // low wage jobs have no to very little economic multiplier ... take into account tax credits etc and it is net-negative for state and the council //
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Budget 2015: SNP says Osborne 'taking from the poor' - BBC News
Budget 2015: SNP says Osborne 'taking from the poor'. George Osborne has been accused of being the "high priest of an austerity cult" after he set out plans to cut the welfare budget by £12bn. [...] The SNP said Mr Osborne was "taking from the poor, giving to the rich". Scottish Labour said it was a "bad budget for working families, our most vulnerable and our young people". [...] But the Chancellor said his Budget was designed to take Britain "from a low wage, high tax, high welfare economy, to the higher wage, lower tax, lower welfare country we intend to create". [ only economic industrial policy will help/incentivize to create jobs that add value - vs no multipliers in the service sector jobs (minimum wage jobs, just scrapping by, no sizable disposable income/discretionary spending) ] << "Same old Tory Budget" bbc.in/1dMStiI
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Gregor Gysi, DIE LINKE: »Sie wollen die linke Regierung in Griechenland beseitigen« - YouTube
[ "Alternativlos" & 'Jeder fuer sich selbst.' ] Die Rettungspakete galten nie den Bürgerinnen und Bürgern, sondern immer den Banken. Auch bei uns wurden 480 Milliarden Euro binnen einer Woche für die Rettung der Banken beschlossen. Wenn man mal 1 Million Euro für einen kulturellen oder sozialen Zweck braucht, dann bekommt man ein Nein, aber bei den Banken gibt es immer nur ein Ja. [...] Ich habe Ihnen zugehört, Frau Bundeskanzlerin. Ihre Rede kann ich wie folgt zusammenfassen: Die griechische Regierung hat alles falsch gemacht, und Sie, Herr Schäuble und die europäischen Institutionen, also der Internationale Währungsfonds, die Europäische Kommission und die Europäische Zentralbank, haben alles richtig gemacht. // via bit.ly/1R6V2yA
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Child poverty measurement set to change - BBC News
"We are all in this together." // "In short - can a [Tory gov] that says it is governing for "One Nation" unpick the rules around measuring & cutting the # of poor children in Britain without being accused of cynicism? // &! bit.ly/1GySqhN "The plan sounds reasonable, but the purpose is to whip up confusion at a time when the poor are about to get poorer. [...] “blue-collar Conservatism”, appealing to working-class Tories who are not much interested in such abstractions as relative poverty, but can certainly be rallied against those who are felt to be living at the expense of hard-pressed taxpayers." [pitting them against each other]. &! bit.ly/1TNlpbz &! bit.ly/1x0Ghmu existential threat &! bit.ly/1BMOJtg &! bit.ly/1K9G3OE bit.ly/1QQvINd &! Scrapping £320m independent living fund - bit.ly/1SJO4wT &! bit.ly/1TFWHdg 'trickle-down doesnt work, says IMF [...] 1% & well off only buy 1 pair of jeans. power 2 implement reform? [= rebellion, not able with status quo ppl << Chris Hedges]'
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june 2015 by asterisk2a
David Cameron speech: I'll end welfare merry-go-round - BBC News
Cameron thinks corporations will pay living wage instead of minimum wage & hire full-time only. &! "We are all in this together." &! punishment over incentives (personal), guidance&practical help; JSA claimants are put on private agency lists who get a referral bonus if they put them in work. Scheme, since introduction it seems, was neither a success nor failure. Numbers are kept under wraps. // "It comes amid a debate over plans for £12bn in welfare cuts, the details of which have not been revealed. [...] According to the Treasury, about 4.5 million families received child and working tax credits in 2013-4, nearly 70% of which were in some form of employment. [ flexible labour market conditions (liberal economic reforms) introduced massive rise in precarious employment ] // bbc.in/1Lrsjkj - "You identify a million people who you'd like to take £1,000 away from and I'll do it." [Speech was 4 grounding a message/theme for the cuts ahead] &! bbc.in/1J2i42h bbc.in/1K9KquD bbc.in/1N5iAxq
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june 2015 by asterisk2a
Doctors 'having to apologise 20 times a day' for politicians’ broken promises | Society | The Guardian
In a searing attack on the government’s NHS plans, Dr Mark Porter warned that politicians were “living a lie” because of the gulf between their ambition to turn it into a seven-day service and the reality of too few doctors, hospitals and GP surgeries under pressure and budget cuts. Porter, the chair of council of the British Medical Association, used his keynote address to the doctors’ union’s annual conference in Liverpool to highlight what one hospital medic had recently told its online discussion forum: “The most stressful thing is having to say ‘sorry’ 20 times a day for something that isn’t my fault. ‘“Your appointment has been delayed? Sorry. Your operation has been cancelled? Sorry. Every day, I see my patients’ frustration with the health service and I am having to apologise’,” [...] there are two health services. The one that politicians say they’ll provide, and the one they actually do.” &! Rationing Care - bit.ly/1GlS4Mj
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june 2015 by asterisk2a
Child poverty rise across Britain ‘halts progress made since 1990s’ | Society | The Guardian
bit.ly/1CkBivl &! bit.ly/1FslKpW - Our fears about child poverty in the UK are coming true: that austerity is entrenching hunger, stigma and educational exclusion. And this sort of damage lasts. &! bit.ly/1HSacAM - Welfare cuts have pushed hundreds of thousands, including more than 300,000 children, below the poverty line since 2012, despite Tory claims to the contrary. &! bit.ly/1waiv5C &! bit.ly/1yHxm6T - A Children's Commission on Poverty inquiry report reveals vividly what it looks and feels like for young people to stand out from their classroom peers because they are poor.
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june 2015 by asterisk2a
Six takeaways from the Danish elections
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june 2015 by asterisk2a
Teenagers' 'promising futures at risk' from cuts - BBC News
Further council funding cuts will put thousands of youngsters' "promising futures" at risk, say town hall bosses. A Local Government Association survey of councils in England, says 90% have cut services for teenagers not in education, employment and training. Local authorities have seen funding cuts of 40% since 2010, and their responsibility for careers advice and further education has been removed. The government said the teenage Neet rate was now 64,000 lower than in 2010. And it highlighted that it is investing £7bn "to fund a place for every 16- to 18-year-old in England who wants one". Since 2012, local councils in England have no longer had control over careers advice, which has switched to schools. Local authority-run Connexions services were one of the first areas to be cut under the previous coalition government. Councils have also lost control of post-16 education and schemes to tackle young people's disengagement.
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june 2015 by asterisk2a
OECD: Jugendarbeitslosigkeit und viele Zeitverträge - SPIEGEL ONLINE
35 Millionen junge Menschen sind in den OECD-Staaten ohne Job oder Ausbildung. Gut steht laut einer neuen Studie allerdings Deutschland da - aber in einem Punkt haben es die Jungen hierzulande auf dem Arbeitsmarkt besonders schwer. - http://www.oecd.org/edu/oecd-skills-outlook-2015-9789264234178-en.htm // Berufsanfänger in Deutschland erhalten so häufig wie in kaum einem anderen OECD-Land nur einen befristeten Vertrag. [...] Wer einen Zeitvertrag hat, hat auch geringere Chancen, an einer Weiterbildung teilzunehmen. Im schlimmsten Fall können durch die Befristungen daher Kompetenzen verkümmern, warnt die Organisation. [...] Besserung verspricht eine frühe Förderung und der Ausbau von Kitas: Verschiedene Studien der OECD zeigen, dass Kinder, die im Vorschulalter eine Betreuungs- oder Bildungseinrichtung besucht haben, später besser lesen und rechnen. Kinder aus benachteiligten Familien profitieren besonders stark von der frühen Förderung.
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
UK firms used 1.8m zero-hours contracts, says ONS
bit.ly/1JwCXEk &! bit.ly/1vyV6wH - Almost 700,000 people in UK have zero-hours contract as main job Figures show staff deals with no guaranteed hours have risen 26% since last year with number of such contracts jumping from 1.4m in 2013 to 1.8m &! bit.ly/1OuHw6o &! on.ft.com/1JwD5no - The use of zero-hours contracts varies dramatically by sector for the economy, with 53 per cent of accommodation and food services companies using them, compared with just 3 per cent of information and finance companies. Part of the difference between the two official estimates is due to people who had more than one zero-hours contract with different employers or those who had a zero hours contract to supplement their main employment, but it highlights the difficulty in producing a reliable estimate of how many people are working under such terms and conditions.
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
Britain needs a real manifesto for growth | Business | The Guardian
There is a chronic shortage of supply in transport, energy and housing. Roads, rails and airports are clogged; we are in danger of the lights going out due to low electricity capacity and pathetic rates of house building have generated stratospheric prices. Building infrastructure produces permanent economic gain, but provokes temporary political pain. Nimbies object to disruption and we have been reluctant to compensate them properly. So it’s no surprise that people use the archaic planning system to block and delay investment projects. Politicians find it easier to prevaricate and reverse their predecessors’ decisions and set up ad hoc celebrity reviews (e.g. the coalition’s bottling out of Heathrow expansion). When the time comes for spending cuts, investment is first on the chopping block because the economic bruises only come out years later. Political short-termism is mirrored by corporate myopia which holds back innovation. There remains a lack of competition in banking. ...
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
Rt Hon David Blunkett MP | Where Next for Welfare? - YouTube
helping people to cope w change in the labour market, enabling to succeed in a changing labour market. // instead one is exposed to the downward spiral of long-term unemployment, instead of enabling social mobility and income (and personal) growth // throwing away human capital // we inherit what we seed - you reap what you sow // min 24 - getting corporate entities to pay their fair share of tax // min 30 - honest system // psychology of welfare, the right way // min 55 investing in people, personal advisor // tax credit for on the job training/on-boarding of long-term unemployed, dual system (education & job), apprenticeships paying living wage // corporates get subsidies, why does an employee can't get that - helping to compete in this labour market // &! Welfare: When does the State say no? | 18.06.2013 - youtu.be/aBo-1WVu2YE // // &! [Labour] Alan Milburn: Education’s role in promoting social mobility - youtu.be/-sTuE2X99G4 - https://www.gov.uk/government/people/alan-milburn
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
Bank of England says UK economy to grow by 2.5% in 2015 - BBC News
Mr Carney warned of "underlying weakness" as the Bank gave a gloomier picture for productivity growth. The Bank revised down its productivity forecast because it sees a disproportionate number of new jobs as low-skilled and low-output. Productivity growth is now expected to improve only modestly in the coming year before remaining below past average rates. 'Underinvestment' "Today's report should leave nobody in any doubt about the fundamental role of productivity growth in the UK economy's performance," said Aberdeen Asset Management chief economist Lucy O'Carroll. "The Bank of England has downgraded its growth outlook, and Mark Carney has put poor productivity right at the centre of the story. "He may have put part of the productivity disappointment of recent years down to a disproportionate pick-up in low-productivity jobs, but he has also admitted that underinvestment has played a role." [...] [+ EU&Global (China) headwinds] = in no rush to raise interest rates. &! bbc.in/1RIb9Ah
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
DER SPIEGEL 20/2015
"Die Chancenluege" Bildung Wer in Deutschland als Kind armer Eltern geboren wird, gleicht diesen Nachteil meist nicht mehr aus. Das liegt auch daran, dass der Sozialstaat seine Milliarden falsch verteilt, Der soziale Aufstieg wird zum leeren Versprechen.
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
Larry Summers: I'm Concerned U.S. Growth Won't Pick Up - YouTube
Not enough investment in productive entities that create living wage & middle class jobs. // credit induced growth & exhaustion of easy growth (China) // Debt Fueled Growth ends rarely gently. (GFC) // western world >> too little internal demand, its deflation and inflation
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
The Best and Worst Places to Grow Up: How Your Area Compares - NYTimes.com
[ nurture over nature ] via https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=9485850 // &! http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/04/upshot/an-atlas-of-upward-mobility-shows-paths-out-of-poverty.html via https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=9485850 "Based on the earnings records of millions of families that moved with children, it finds that poor children who grow up in some cities and towns have sharply better odds of escaping poverty than similar poor children elsewhere. The feelings heard across Baltimore’s recent protests — of being trapped in poverty — seem to be backed up by the new data. Among the nation’s 100 largest counties, the one where children face the worst odds of escaping poverty is the city of Baltimore, the study found. [...] How neighborhoods affect children “has been a quandary with which social science has been grappling for decades,” [...] “This delivers the most compelling evidence yet that neighborhoods matter in a really big way.” &! Obama on Letterman - bit.ly/1zxFZWn
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
Schools face cash crisis, head warns parents - BBC News
A London head teacher has written to parents warning them of a looming "financial crisis" in secondary schools in England. [...] He has urged parents to challenge general election candidates about what he called "deep and damaging" cuts. [....] His letter says that within three years many secondary schools will face having to make significant savings of up to £1m in some cases. In the letter Mr Kerr said this has been caused by increased pupil numbers as well as rises in teachers' pay and schools having to make increased employer contributions to staff pensions.
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
Uber, the Rashomon | PandoDaily
[ low skill, routine job ] When an Uber glides to its appointed pickup point, what do we see? Do we see an innovator hastening the inexorable shift to a new information-based economy? Or an arrogant bully using cheap capital, greed, and a dangerous, misogynist culture of convenience to consolidate a trillion dollar market? Or do we see both? [...] I’m sure pure Uber defenders exist, but the truth is, most of us are worried about the sheer expression of capitalistic force that the company represents. [...] Uber is the poster child for our global conversation about the role of work in our society, and about the kind of company we want to create, work at, and celebrate. [SV] its male-dominated, aggressive philosophy of “breaking things fast” and “asking for forgiveness rather than permission.” Uber feels inevitable — a uniquely of-the-moment company, a mirror held up to the Valley’s aggregate psyche.
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april 2015 by asterisk2a
Solving the productivity puzzle - BBC News
UK productivity growth (as measured by output per hour worked) has been exceptionally weak since 2008. Productivity growth has actually been weak across the developed economies since the Great Recession but especially so in the UK. Beyond those facts though, there is little agreement. The talk is instead of a "productivity puzzle": solving that puzzle is the key to both a lower government deficit and to higher living standards. [...] [I]t could be that the nature of Britain's recovery explains the low productivity growth. Rather than lower productivity leading to lower real wages (as companies cannot afford to increase pay), it may be that lower real wages have encouraged firms to hire workers rather than investing in new equipment. This could have lowered productivity. [...] Much of it feels more traditionally "sociological" than "economic". // 2nd Industrial Revolution - Software is Eating the World, Self-Employment, contractors, Zero Hour Contracts, etc. &! bit.ly/1aRi7Bw
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april 2015 by asterisk2a
Teachers to vote on calls for school funding strike - BBC News
The National Union of Teachers says schools could face "terrible cuts" if the next government does not protect them from rising financial pressures. Labour, Conservatives and Lib Dems have pledged to protect school cash. But rises in pay, pensions and national insurance contributions will place extra pressures on school budgets along with rising pupil numbers. The Institute of Fiscal Studies has estimated that even with these pledges to protect spending at current levels, rising costs will mean schools could face up to a 12% shortfall on their budgets over the next five years. [ // cuts will show 10 years down the line when freshers are not on par w university basic requirements, which drag along their path of education and emplyment ... meaning a on aggregate lower productivity and continued output gap since 2008 gfc bc STEM & high tech manufacturing and production and research jobs go abroad where the ambitious hard-working talent glut is ]
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april 2015 by asterisk2a
Why have Osborne and Balls neutered themselves? - BBC News
Because both parties have now ruled out increasing the basic and 40% rates of income tax, the rate of National Insurance and the rate of Value Added Tax. Between them these taxes raise more than £380bn a year, or 60% of all tax revenues. Also, it is now more or less impossible for political and economic reasons to push up corporation tax rates or business rates (big companies can move abroad, small companies are our future). So that is another 15% of tax revenues that can't really be augmented to any significant degree. To put it another way, Ed Balls for Labour and George Osborne for the Tories have done something early-ish in the election campaign which is pretty unusual and Treasury traditionalists would describe as bonkers. They have promised, in effect, not to increase the burden of the UK's most important income and indirect taxes, that raise 75% of all taxes.
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march 2015 by asterisk2a
Babies, Brains, Nature and Nurture -- An Interview with Dr Stuart Shanker - Freedomain Radio - YouTube
implications for education of child and adolescent when certain things like self-regulation, deferred gratification, attention span, empathy, sympathy, relating, moral reasoning, avoidance of social interaction (can cause deficits in language and non-verbal interaction), etc etc are not properly developed during early life 0-8yrs old - thus - MANDATORY! kindergarten to be able to observe with qualified personnel and in case to be able to intervene (mitigate downstream effects) and to help the child and the parents. // 35min - adolescent offenders and repeat re-offending (and pre that, addiction and other things are symptoms). mentioned 3 books. // 47:44 - fixed mindset vs. growth mindset = praise for being intelligent (bad parenting) vs praise for doing/did good task X (good parenting). // there is no such thing as a lazy kid, stupid kid or bad kid
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february 2015 by asterisk2a
OECD moniert wachsende Ungleichheit zwischen Arm und Reich - SPIEGEL ONLINE
[ The Economic case for better equality ] - Die Ungleichheit in Deutschland hat sich laut OECD deutlich verschlimmert - und den Aufschwung gebremst. Eine gerechtere Sozialpolitik hätte demnach bis zu sechs Prozentpunkte mehr Wachstum möglich gemacht. [... ] Die OECD fordert die Politik zum Gegensteuern auf. "Unsere Analyse zeigt, dass wir nur auf starkes und dauerhaftes Wachstum zählen können, wenn wir der hohen und weiter steigenden Ungleichheit etwas entgegensetzen", sagte Generalsekretär Angel Gurria. "Der Kampf gegen Ungleichheit muss in das Zentrum der politischen Debatte rücken." [...] Eine Umverteilung von oben nach unten mittels Steuern und Transfers sei nicht zwangsläufig wachstumsschädlich, solange entsprechende Maßnahmen zielgenau angewandt werden, schreibt die Industrieorganisation. Eine solche Verteilungspolitik müsse sich vor allem auf Familien mit Kindern sowie auf junge Menschen konzentrieren und deren Lernchancen verbessern.
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december 2014 by asterisk2a
Müllers Memo: Frau Merkels Verständnis von Wirtschaft - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Angela Merkel lächelte leicht spöttisch. Bei der Vorstellung des Gutachtens der fünf Wirtschaftsweisen äußerte die Kanzlerin Zweifel daran, wie "ein Beschluss, der noch nicht in Kraft ist, jetzt schon eine konjunkturelle Dämpfung hervorrufen kann". Gemeint war der Mindestlohn, dessen anstehende Einführung der Sachverständigenrat als Wachstumskiller gebrandmarkt hatte. [...] Niemand, auch nicht die fünf Wirtschaftsweisen, erwartete damals einen durchschlagenden Erfolg der Agenda-2010-Reformen von Gerhard Schröder. Doch dann entwickelten die Hartz-Gesetze im Zusammenspiel mit dem Globalisierungsboom ab 2006 eine überraschende Sogwirkung. Insbesondere weil viele Menschen bereit waren, für ziemlich wenig Geld eine Beschäftigung anzunehmen. Heute bekommt fast ein Viertel der Beschäftigten in Deutschland eine Bezahlung, die Arbeitsmarktforscher als Niedriglöhne klassifizieren. &! http://www.spiegel.de/wirtschaft/soziales/rente-immer-mehr-aeltere-menschen-arbeiten-a-1003237.html
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november 2014 by asterisk2a
ZDF Frontal21: Mies bezahlt - Weniger trotz Mindestlohn - YouTube
Sie hat den flächendeckenden Mindestlohn von 8,50 Euro durchgesetzt. Jetzt muss Andrea Nahles (SPD) zusehen, wie sich Arbeitgeber von ihren Beschäftigten die Mehrkosten der Lohnerhöhung zurückholen.
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october 2014 by asterisk2a
Empire - The Promise and Peril of Democracy - Web Extra - Empire asks why democracy is in retreat - YouTube
symptoms now more evident than ever!
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october 2014 by asterisk2a
BBC News - American Dream breeds shame and blame for job seekers
"Unemployed auto workers, factory workers, they have a lot of regrets about the past," he said. "A lot of workers are internalising, 'You succeed on your own merits and your own abilities, and if you fail, you're to blame'," Chen says. He isn't alone in seeing this pattern. Experts tell the BBC that job seekers in the US are now, more than ever, blaming themselves for being out of work, due in part to misconceptions about what it takes to succeed in America. [...] Meritocracy became the prevailing ideology, encouraging workers to aim high and reap the resultant rewards. Anyone could achieve greatness. Paupers could become princes. The more people made, the more likely they were to believe they were worthy of it. A study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology last year found that the higher people perceived their social class to be, the more likely they were to believe that success comes to those who most deserve it. [class warfare, meritocracy is ideology]
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september 2014 by asterisk2a
Sascha Lobo: Sharing Economy wie bei Uber ist Plattform-Kapitalismus - SPIEGEL ONLINE
S.P.O.N. - Die Mensch-Maschine: Auf dem Weg in die Dumpinghölle. Der Konflikt um den Fahrdienst Uber illustriert einen globalen Trend. Was oft als Sharing Economy bezeichnet wird, ist in Wirklichkeit ein euphemistisch benannter Aspekt einer neuen digitalen Wirtschaftsordnung: des Plattform-Kapitalismus. +!+!+!+ https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=8347583 - The Demons Of On-Demand +!+!+!+ Legal challenges could threaten the business models of the on-demand startups relying on independent contractors. Does Silicon Valley Have a Contract-Worker Problem? — An examination of tech's favorite labor model. "t's simply the digital middleman [...] fewer people [will] have traditional full-time or part-time jobs as a result. [...] "Perpetual, hourly employment is often deeply inefficient for all parties involved," (CAPITALISM SAYS) [... vs MyClean using Employee Structure, Controlling usr experience] - nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/09/silicon-valleys-contract-worker-problem.html +!+!+!+
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september 2014 by asterisk2a

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