Workplace Promises

Higher pay is an opportunity, not a cost

Cameron Tait

According to a major group of employers, the introduction of the ‘national living wage’ on Friday created a ‘burning platform’ for businesses. Invoking the language of the organisational change guru Darryl Conner, the claim implies businesses are facing a choice between certain death and probable death – as the rise in the wage floor piles…

Children's Centre

Child poverty: what now?

Alison McGovern MP

So the House of Lords did the job that the Commons could not. Without our undemocratic, unelected friends in ermine, the Conservatives would have succeeded in their stated aim to rip up the statutory commitment to end child poverty within a generation. Never mind that the Child Poverty Act received cross-party backing when it was…

Coins

The pillars of a new economy

Bryan Gould

The election of Jeremy Corbyn to the Labour leadership owed much to his brave assertion that austerity is the wrong response to recession and that a successful economic policy should address the goals of improving our productive capacity and a fair distribution of the fruits of economic success. Whether or not those assertions convince the…