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The chancellor has today committed himself to the goal of full employment. That’s a very good thing. But what does it mean in practice?

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After pressure from various wings of all three main political parties, George Osborne has publicly stated his desire for a substantial increase in the national minimum wage. The government’s submission to the Low Pay Commission argues for the main adult … Continue reading

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Today the Chancellor delivered his 2013 Autumn statement. Contained within the announced measures were several that, taken together, serve as a refresher of the coalition’s approach to tackling youth unemployment. Since youth worklessness and NEET-hood remains dizzyingly high in the … Continue reading

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This morning the new rates for the Living Wage in London and the rest of the UK are announced, kicking off Living Wage Week. Meanwhile, the CBI’s annual conference gets underway at the London Hilton. One is for the bosses, … Continue reading

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Nick Clegg has got the headlines he wanted today. The Liberal Democrats are sticking to the course of fiscal prudence and he’s seen off the social democrats in his ranks who wanted a different strategy.

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Today’s spending review is principally about departmental allocations for 2015/16; the financial year beginning shortly before the expected date of the 2015 general election. However, much of the political manoeuvring ahead of the speech has concerned annually managed expenditure, so-called … Continue reading

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There is now a strong, cross-party consensus on the importance of apprenticeships. Rescued from near death in the mid-1990s and expanded under recent governments, apprenticeship places are now much more widely available in our economy. Despite this success, however, British … Continue reading

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In his recent collection of pieces, Two Cheers for Anarchism, James Scott has a nice essay on the petit bourgeoisie and its virtues. He argues that it is ‘impossible to write the history of struggles for equality without artisans and … Continue reading

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At IPPR we’re proud to be an accredited living wage employer. Back in 2005, one of our members of staff got involved with the London Citizens campaign for a living wage and lobbied for IPPR to sign up, which we … Continue reading

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Will the Bank of England’s mandate to target low inflation become one of the casualties of the Great Recession?

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