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Joe Cottrell-Boyce

Social worker/ Researcher/ Film maker

Social worker/ Researcher/ Film maker

On a Rainy Day in Oldham, A Ray of Hope for Labour

It's been a horrible week for the Labour party. Obvious disunity and rumours of coups and resignations have tragically eclipsed what should have been two major victories - the chancellors U-turn on tax-credit and policing cuts. It's getting harder to dismiss the impression that the Labour party is engaged in a civil war; the parliamentary party irreconcilably at odds with the pro-Corbyn rank and file.
01/12/2015 09:51 GMT

With Corbyn on the Ballot, This Election Could be The Most Significant in a Generation

While his opponents deride him as a dinosaur, the irony is that on the generation-defining issues of the past three decades - apartheid, the Irish peace process, the Iraq war - Corbyn was well ahead of curve. Whatever the outcome of this contest, I suspect that when we look back on this moment, Corbyn's stand against austerity will also read like prophecy.
08/07/2015 12:21 BST

For Labour, the Centre Cannot Hold

Change, for better or worse, is inevitable. But we can choose how we make that journey. We can be dragged along by the status quo and become a meaner, more divided society, or we can be pulled up by our dreams.
10/03/2015 11:30 GMT

Busting the Gangs

Violence and the threat of violence is a grim reality for many of most marginalised young people in Britain and the Evening Standard deserves credit for demanding answers from the government. But are 'gangs' and 'gang culture' really the best way of understanding youth violence?
07/11/2013 11:27 GMT

Print, Prejudice and the Struggle for Sites: The Ugly Face of Localism

Last month, <em>Inside Housing</em> reported that only 101 of the 597 Traveller pitches allocated government funding in England since 2012 have managed to secure planning permission. Without permission, it is unlikely any of the remainder will go ahead; another broken promise in the ongoing struggle for adequate Traveller accommodation in the UK.
03/10/2013 16:07 BST

How Much Do We Really Care?

Caring isn't just another job; it is a vital component of a civilised society. The justifiable public outrage at widespread substandard care is testament to this. And despite all the stress, the antisocial hours, the lack of training or support and the rubbish pay, in many ways I loved my job.
20/06/2013 10:09 BST

Transforming Rehabilitation Will Take More Than Mentors

The revolving door of recidivism, which sees almost half of those released from prison reoffending within 12 months, is an expense society can little afford and any attempt to address the crisis should be welcomed.
01/03/2013 15:25 GMT

The Case Against Private Prisons

There is... no solid evidence that private prisons are better than their public sector counterparts. Audits have however found that inexperienced staff and cost cutting measures have left many private prisons struggling to create a safe environment for prisoners.
22/02/2013 08:55 GMT

One Nation Education

At the heart of Twigg's oratory was a depressing reaffirmation of Labour's support for neoliberal education policies and the choice agenda. Chastising Michael Gove for seeing academies as a panacea, Twigg has plumped instead for a 'whatever works for you' approach
13/12/2012 12:30 GMT

London Needs a Mayor Who Will Take the Housing Crisis Seriously

London needs a Mayor who takes the housing crisis seriously. A Mayor who responds to desperate times with creative solutions. A Mayor who doesn't put the interests of profiteering landlords before the needs of the millions who are overburdened with housing costs.
01/05/2012 22:48 BST

Mayor's Mentoring Scheme is a Failure

At its launch last July, Boris Johnson claimed that his flagship mentoring programme meant more to him "than anything else we do in City Hall." Boris' relentless enthusiasm for the project is puzzling in the context of a GLA report in March, which concluded that the mentoring programme had "not met its delivery targets".
23/04/2012 22:33 BST