The Resolution Foundation has crunched the numbers from the OBR Report and the Budget and projects that wages are now looking like they will stay flat for an extraordinary 17 years, reaching pre-Crisis levels only in 2025. That will knock the National Living Wage projected rate down to £8.56 in 2020 if the gloomy prophecy is fulfilled.
Airstrikes in Syrian province reportedly left over 100 dead in the last week
When it comes to Syria, Russia has been doing a great deal of diplomatic leg work in recent days, meeting with Iran and Turkey to broker a post-conflict settlement. Today, a top Russian general said Russia was likely to reduce troop numbers in Syria. But the Russians and the Syrian regime also seem in a…
Mariana Mazzucato: ‘the kind of growth we’ve been having won’t lead to productivity’
Professor Mariana Mazzucato, who is Founder and Director of UCL’s new Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose, and the Executive Director and Principal of Europe Economics, Dr Andrew Lillico discuss the UK’s productivity.
Pussy Riot activist recreates Russian prison in London
London’s Saatchi Gallery has been transformed into a Russian-style prison through immersive theatre. Political artist and Pussy Riot founder Nadia Tolloconniekova devised the show, she spent two years in a Russian jail after her group’s anti-Putin protests, and is now fighting for prison reform. Before he worked on this programme Channel 4 News’ Kieron Bryan…
Are the UK’s productivity days long gone?
Productivity – how much we make, divided by how long it takes us to make it. Our inability to make more in less time is what lies behind the latest grim productivity forecasts. Everyone agrees something must be done, but no one seems that clear what the problem is. And there are some out there…
Transgender State Legislator’s thanksgiving message
Today is Thanksgiving when America gathers around a large roasted bird to give thanks and make up. President Trump broadcast his own fireside message today, but the last year has been marred by toxic division – much of it stirred up by the President himself. One minority community that feels targeted by his legislative agenda…
Mugabe given immunity from prosecution, government sources say
Robert Mugabe is due to attend tomorrow’s swearing in of his rival Emmerson Mnangagwa as president, Zimbabwean state TV has said. Preparations are under way at the National Sports Stadium in Harare, where the inauguration will be held. Government sources have confirmed the former President was given immunity from prosecution as part of a deal…
Carwyn Jones triggers investigation into government bullying claims
The First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones has triggered an investigation into his own conduct over claims that he misled the Welsh Assembly over allegations of bullying.
Kate Allen: Rohingya atrocities are a ‘crime against humanity’
Myanmar has signed a deal with Bangladesh to send hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslim refugees back home. Earlier today Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi met the Bangladeshi foreign minister to discuss the details of the agreement. They say repatriations will begin within the next two months. More than 600 thousand people have crossed…
Fracking firm wins injunction preventing unlawful protests
A High Court judge has upheld a wide-ranging injunction which prevents unlawful protests against fracking operations by the petrochemical giant INEOS. However, in what the protestors claimed as a partial victory, harassment has been removed from the order, which they had described as “draconian”. The injunction threatens jail or financial penalties against anyone who unlawfully…
David Gauke: ‘Universal Credit is about transforming lives’
Following mounting pressure from MPs from all parties, yesterday’s budget included measures to address some backbench criticisms over the way the new Universal Credit system is being rolled out. Many claimants have struggled to cope with long waits for the payments to come through. Today the Work and Pensions Secretary David Gauke announced that from…
UK wages may not grow for 17 years
When a respected expert describes the prospects for the economy as “astonishing” and “pretty grim reading”, you know things are bad. The head of the Institute for Fiscal Studies warned today that wages would not grow for a total of 17 years. His gloom was matched by the Resolution Foundation which said the poorest third…
The Conservatives’ baffling tweet on the economy – UPDATED
The Conservatives can’t explain how they’ve calculated the claim that the economy has grown 15.8 per cent since 2010. FactCheck investigates.
America’s long history of meddling in other countries’ elections
As the FBI investigates claims that Russian meddling helped Donald Trump become president, FactCheck looks at America’s own track record of interfering with democratic elections.
Lord Porter: ‘Free councils and let them build homes again’
Conservative MP Bob Blackman, journalist and author Dawn Foster, who is currently writing a book on the UK housing market, and chairman of the Local Government Association, Lord Porter, discuss the chancellor’s housing announcements.
Did Chancellor deliver on public sector pay?
The one thing public sector workers were hoping for from today’s budget was a pay rise after caps and freezes over the last seven years. There were also calls for dramatic changes to Universal Credit after people had been left for weeks without any money at all.