If ministers are really concerned about low pay, they should start by announcing that all government departments are to become living wage employers, and encourage other employers to follow suit. They must also fund local councils properly so that the introduction of the living wage does not bankrupt the social care sector. The government should also back UNISON's Ethical Care Charter and help address the endemic levels of non-compliance in the care sector by ensuring that all care workers are paid for their travel time.
There can be no greater mission than to protect children and enable them to use the internet to learn, dream, create and communicate without fear. Together we can help end sexual exploitation of children online and give them the future they deserve.
He should have wanted to help because it was the right thing to do, not because he was under increasing pressure to. He should have wanted to help because he is a human being and he should have compassion and empathy for other human beings.
How would Britain cope with a huge influx of war-torn refugees? This is the question politicians have been asking in recent weeks - or, rather, the qu...
The weight of scientific evidence and expert opinion suggests that badger culling should play no part in bovine TB control policy. Killing badgers is nothing more than an ineffective, inhumane and expensive distraction, and is proving to be a public relations disaster for government and for the farming industry. Unfortunately, it seems that scientific evidence, expert and public opinion counts for little.
In this country, after centuries of struggle and strife, we the Labour movement finally created social mobility - the realisation and entrenchment of the British dream. Now it is our duty to protect it.
It’s been four months since Prime Minister David Cameron’s new majority government came into power and there are just three months before ...
A concerted march against Jeremy Corbyn's candidacy for leader of Labour is in full stride across the political spectrum. Right and left, neoliberal a...
Yesterday the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) announced massive, massive cuts to Feed-in Tariffs (FITs) - subsidies for solar, hydro and wind power. This is completely and totally stupid. Here are just eight reasons why.
The detrimental effects this 'one change' will have is overwhelming. As a recent graduate who cannot afford to live in London, I am disgruntled to find out my daily commute to work in London from my hometown of Rugby on an open return is trebling in price from £27.60 a day to £86, more than my entire daily wage.
Despite popular misconceptions, concerns about the impact of immigration on jobs and wages are not borne out by the evidence. Numerous academic studies have found essentially no association between immigration and employment rates or wage depreciation for native born workers. Migrant workers are also proportionately more entrepreneurial than native born people.
It is right that the government has prioritised immigration in this parliament, given the high levels of public concern. But there are other, more nuanced options for dealing with these concerns.
Social security has been capped and cut over and over again in the last five years, and the pattern has already been continued in the new parliament when George Osborne set out his plans for more pain in his emergency July budget.
Almost a quarter of people claiming Jobseekers Allowance today have a mental health condition. For many, poor mental health will be the cause of their joblessness, for others it will be the effect. But regardless of which, these people need better support and we're going to do something about it. That's why we're investing £40m to introduce a range of pilots to find out how best we can support people with mental health conditions in looking for work. I want to bust some of the myths around this. I have heard it claimed that people will be forced into participating in these schemes. This is completely untrue.
Such radical thinking on domestic and foreign policy highlights the gap between Corbyn and mainstream social democracy, a big plus for his followers, who are fed up with centrist politics. Every generation challenges received wisdom.
The scale of Ukip's popularity should not be underestimated, but has triggered a reaction from the Westminster bubble. Both Labour and the Conservatives now have five more years to tackle the issues Ukip are so popular on, and will do so with ease given their major influence in parliament.