With the UK’s social safety net full of holes, support has grown for a basic income to underpin a mean and means-tested benefits system.
Perhaps one of the most ambitious – and controversial proposals – floated at Labour’s conference was the plan to give workers a small ownership stake in the companies they work for. The proposal – which would entitle workers to a dividend payment up to a maximum payment of some £500 a year – has, perhaps unsurprisingly, been […]
Recently, Liberal-Democrat leader Vince Cable joined the long list of politicians who have warned of the dangers of excessive inequality. But strong as the speech was on the problem, it was much weaker on solutions. If we are serious about creating a less unequal society, we need a much more focussed strategy on wealth. The […]
Britain’s public assets are now the subject of a giant boot sale. The great rolling privatisation juggernaut not only includes the £4bn Green Investment Bank, and the bailed-out Lloyds Bank but is now eyeing up assets like Channel 4 and the Met Office. The government hopes that together they will deliver £32bn in revenue this […]
It has long been recognised that extreme inequality has many serious social consequences, as well as causing economic fragility and weakness – now the time has surely come to act. There’s a lot of talk about inequality. From Pope Francis to the Bank of England’s Mark Carney, a rising number of global figures have declared […]