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Banking reform from the bottom up

Clive Lewis

Like most people of my generation my first memory of banks wasn’t a bank but a building society. But those soon disappeared after the deregulation reforms of the 1980′s. After that they weren’t something I paid much attention to other than moving between them as a student to get the ever larger overdraft facilities they…

The Council Chamber

Key principles for Labour’s localism

Andrew Harrop

‘Trust and empowerment’ should be key principles for Labour’s new agenda for public services. Trust and power should be spread downwards and outwards to citizens, employees, public service institutions and sub-national government. Each level, from Whitehall to the frontline employee, needs power and a commitment to empower others – not like the coalition’s school reforms,…

Education 2

Closing the gap between state and private schools

Rebecca Staddon

The fallout from Tristram Hunt’s recent announcement to restrict tax breaks to private schools unless they adequately support the state sector demonstrates that Labour has its work cut out to convince the public (including many of its core voters) that it has a viable education strategy ahead of the 2015 general election. Currently, just 33…