Posts under ‘Social Affairs’

After the Grenfell fire

by Nathan Akehurst.

Before “We need good costs for Cllr Feilding-Mellen and the planner tomorrow at 8.45am!” In July 2014, this chillingly innocuous-looking email was sent from a project manager to a cost consultant in respect of a refurbishment project. The consultant, Artelia, duly replied with a range of options, including reduced costs for overcladding as part of […]

What does inequality look like?

by Bryan Gould.

What does inequality look like?  In a society where the gap between rich and poor has widened significantly, what evidence of that gap would one expect to see? A dramatic and painful answer to that question was provided to us this week with the shocking image of the burning London tower block.  If we ever […]

Economic dogma, George Osborne and Grenfell Tower

by Ann Pettifor.

What has the horror at Grenfell Tower to do with economists? And what have the lives lost at Grenfell Tower to do with the government’s budget deficit?  A great deal, I will argue here. When on Twitter a few days ago I raised the issue of the shared responsibility that economists have for this ghastly […]

The Grenfell tragedy is class war

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

The victims of yesterday’s fire at the Grenfell tower in north Kensington are casualties of the class war. There is no other frame, no other explanation that can convincingly thread together the answers to questions about how this unnecessary and entirely avoidable tragedy happened, and why it was allowed to happen.

Ten shocking facts about the Grenfell Tower fire

by Nikhil Venkatesh.

Britain was shocked yesterday at the sight of Grenfell Tower, a block of flats that housed as many as 600 people in West London, engulfed by flames in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Since the fire, a number of shocking facts have become apparent, and Theresa May has called for a public enquiry

Saving the NHS: What has improved in Labour’s health policy?

by Lara McNeill.

Labour should always be proud of creating the NHS. No less, creating it in “the aftermath of war and national bankruptcy” as our 2017 manifesto states. Labour will always be the party to save the NHS, but in recent elections it has not been able to save the Labour Party. The Conservatives leading hospitals into […]

What has happened to police numbers since 2010?

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Police numbers are falling. In England and Wales between March 2015 and March 2016 (the most recent government figures), “frontline” positions shrank from 110,853 to 106,411. Recruitment was down and the number of dismissals and resignations were up, continuing a five-year trend. It has also been widely acknowledged, not least by the Prime Minister herself, […]

No houses, no lunches, no foreigners: Theresa May launches her vision for Britain

by James Elliott.

Only death and taxes Theresa May’s shock announcement has been that her next government would make more people pay for their own social care at home. Under new means-testing rules, pensioners would start to pay for care at home as long as they had assets of more than £100,000, rather than the current £23,500, but the new […]

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. […]

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