Posts under ‘Social Affairs’

Diane Abbott: Vote Labour to Save Our NHS

by Diane Abbott.

Vote Labour to Save Our NHS By Diane Abbott MP One of the clearest issues at stake in the upcoming General Election will be the very future of our NHS, and the differences between Labour and the Tories on this issue couldn’t be clearer. Tory austerity has meant that the NHS has been stretched to […]

What does a good early years care and education system look like?

by Naomi Fearon.

The latest National Policy Forum consultation document on ‘Early Years, Education and Skills’ recognises there is much work to be done within the education sector yet seems to miss some key points. Our education system has taken quite a battering over the last few years and Labour must ensure that it addresses all crucial areas. […]

NPF Policy Responses: Equalities

by George Norman.

It was one of the most heartrending things for me during the 2015 general election. As Labour Club chair at York, trying to rally the student vote for my party, I was told by too many people; “I’m not sure I can vote for Labour. In student politics they don’t stand up for the most […]

NPF Responses: Education

by David Pavett.

The Consultation document for Early Years, Education and Skills says that this year’s task for the Commission was to to do “further work on building a modern early years system, developing a schools system for the 21st century, modernising further education and adult skills and how we can improve children’s social care and safeguarding as […]

NPF Responses – Health

by Brian Gibbons.

The National Policy Forum’s consultation on Health and Social care is set in the firm context of an underfunded health and social care service. This is correct. However, the document is insufficiently clear about the need to reverse the general direction of travel and fails to give enough indication about Labour’s alternatives. In the rest […]

What’s in the NPF draft policy statements?

by David Pavett.

According to the Labour Party Rulebook: “Party conference shall decide from time to time what specific proposals of legislative, financial or administrative reform shall be included in the Party programme. This shall be based on the rolling programme of work of the National Policy Forum.” (Emphasis added) The results of that “rolling programme of work” […]

How the Tories plan to cut school budgets to fund new grammars

by Naomi Fearon.

The Tories, not content with waging their ideological war on education through the turbocharged privatisation of schools and education in general, have continued to show their true colours through their recent budget announcements. The current ‘Funding Freeze’ on education coupled with the National Funding Formula will see mainstream schools face sweeping cuts of £3bn from […]

The Revolt against Trump Begins at Home

by Huda Elmi.

Why the Labour Campaign Against Prevent must be the cornerstone to combating the Trump effect in Britain The weeks since Donald Trump’s inauguration have already heralded a hideous acceleration of sexist, homophobic, racist and xenophobic rhetoric and legislation. This has emboldened the populist far right and created a palpable sense of fear and uncertainty for […]

Why the Tories’ White Paper will do nothing to solve the housing crisis

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Housing is a major sticking point for the Tories. They know it, we know it, and the public know it too. On their watch, first with their LibDem friends and now alone with a majority thinner than a major donor’s tax return, the bottom fell out of the house building figures. Cash strapped councils made poorer by […]

Save our NHS!

by Matt Willgress.

The crisis in the NHS has reached a new level in recent weeks, yet Teresa May and Jeremy Hunt are burying their head in the sand, even criticising the Red Cross for declaring a ‘humanitarian crisis’ in the NHS, with the Prime Minister saying the claims were “irresponsible.” As Labour activists, we need to be […]

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