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…


We need to change the narrative on inequality

Damon Boughen, Rachael Orr

Earlier this year, Oxfam research found that the five richest families in the UK are wealthier than the poorest 20 per cent of the population combined. That means that just a handful of families hold more wealth than 12.5 million people. More working households are living in poverty in the UK than non-working ones with…