The Chair of the Work and Pensions Committee issued a stark warning this week, following the release of a report into removal of the Universal Credit (UC) uplift.
Our latest event takes a look back at past tales of corruption, injustice and media complicity - from the key figures who took action against this. Book now.
An extensive new study shows the case for keeping taxes low on the rich is weak, and that ‘trickle down’ economics will not pave the way to post pandemic recovery.
The Furlough Scheme got a temporary reprieve last night - as the PM announced a new month long national lockdown. This comes just weeks after similar requests from local leaders in the North were rejected. The last minute U-turn was too late for many furloughed workers across the country, however, who’d already been laid off from their jobs.
Trade union membership has risen sharply during the Covid 19 crisis. This is in direct response to growing concerns about working conditions and fears of redundancy. Their role in negotiating the furlough and job retention schemes has also put them directly in the spotlight. But where are the new members coming from - and what does this all tell us?
The government launched its new local alert level system on Monday, in the latest attempt to bring England’s Covid 19 crisis under control. But this immediately created confusion across whole swathes of the country. And raised a wide range of questions about the reasoning behind it.
Reports that key Covid 19 data had been lost, as a result of a ‘spreadsheet crash’, were all across the news yesterday. And this latest twist in the test and trace tale uncovered some decidedly shaky systems. But how much did an influx of new cases on university campuses contribute to this problem? And what does it tell us about the robustness of data - and government strategy?
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) released the results of its latest Covid 19 Infection (Pilot) Survey on 2 October. This involves random sampling of the population - so it’s similar to REACT, which we looked at in our last post. But does it highlight any key trends that tests of symptomatic people haven’t? And what is all this different data really telling us?
The government has blamed young people for a reported rise in Coronavirus cases. And attributed it to this age group’s lack of adherence to the guidelines. But is there really any strong data to substantiate that claim? We decided to look into these statements more closely…