“Of those without work, only a minority have been without it for long. Many go through what the Joseph Rowntree Foundation describes as the low-pay no-pay cycle, moving between periods of unemployment and low wage work. This seems to have continued during the downturn. Even the worst recession in living memory didn’t have that much effect on labour force participation. In the UK, most people kept looking for work and employment bounced back reasonably quickly. If ever the British were work-shy, we’re certainly not now.”
– C/o Flip Chart Fairy Tales

Flip Chart Fairy Tales

The Resolution Foundation published two reports on work, poverty and benefits either side of the weekend. Last week’s An Ocean Apart contrasted the developments in employment and welfare in the UK and USA over the last 20 years. This week’s report on Universal Credit recommended a redesign of the in-work benefits system.

In his commentaries on both reports, Gavin Kelly points out that the political rhetoric on poverty and work is two decades out of date. As he says:

[T]he UK’s longstanding problem of workless families has been transformed since the late 1990s: once viewed as the biggest social ill facing the country, the rate of worklessness in households in which there are no disabled adults has plummeted.

There are big structural problems in the UK jobs market: low pay, low labour productivity, insecure work for the young, and next to no incentive to earn more for those on tax credits (or indeed Universal…

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“when good fortune prevails, and one is fortunate enough to experience a transition from penury to riches, money trumps morals, as the change is accompanied by a degeneration of empathy and any inclination to adhere to the law.”
c/o Scott Goddard

The Conscious Community

Yes: that is the answer to the title of this piece – offshore finance is a big deal. My somewhat optimistic hope is that by the end of this writing we will be in harmonious agreement that tax avoidance, in a democratic society, can never be condoned. Now, let’s begin shall we?

Although nowhere near as much as we should, we do hear the occasional and passing reference towards either tax avoidance or tax evasion – or increasingly so, both – when we put our feet up and stick the 10 o’clock news on or while flicking through the morning paper. Yet in spite of their limited publicity, a consensus has formed over their effect: what the jury have decided, somewhat unanimously, is that these activities are negative and harmful for society. Understanding why is obvious: they are akin to small irritating parasites, latching onto their host (society) and sucking out worrying quantities of…

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The Desperate Fight Within Disabled Campaigning, c/o Jayne Linney.


This is my first post in a few months, there’s been several reasons for this including an horrendous bout of depression, an operation and masses of work for DEAEP, our new course starts next week. There also been one issue that has taken over what little energy I’ve had left after this; a month ago I was asked if I’d be interested in working on the setting up of a unifying group for disabled people to fight the Government.

Anyone that’s read my blogs is well aware I’m committed to collective working and collaboration, most of my posts end with some form of plea for Unity or Togetherness, so of course I said yes. To my horror, in this very short period of time several of those willing to do the backroom work have been bullied and verbally assaulted by the same people who purport to believe in campaigning and challenging…

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