Too often in politics we focus on what political parties disagree on. The political cycle means that every party is guilty of looking for a quick fix, or a new wheeze that might appeal to voters, rather than the more difficult proposition of looking at the evidence of what works and sticking to it, even if it means giving your opponents praise... We will only solve the social mobility challenge if we have a grown up approach which reaches across the political divide.
It is not hugely surprising that a majority of the children in families with only one potential bread earner are in households with income significantly below the median given that modal set up of the two earner family. At which point what is our child poverty statistic really telling us?
It is a political, social, economic and cultural construct that should be the model for the European Union to emulate. It would be a real waste, and an exercise in pure political vanity, to want to exercise that political freedom in such a self-destructive manner.
Can the Euro collapse? It is my opinion that it is inevitable that the single currency will break apart. This is not any Eurosceptic wishful thinking, nor do I relish the havoc that this would cause. I do believe, however, that the internal pressures within the Euro are unsolvable and this will lead to its collapse. And it is all down to the bond market.
Productivity was a frequently used word in the Chancellor of the Exchequer's presentation of his final Spring Budget. Raising productivity is a major focus and commitment - it has been placed "at the very heart of [the government's] economic plan."
For those on the other side, they argue that robots can create more jobs by increasing productivity. They also point out a close correlation between robot density and high employment in industrial nations, such as Germany.
Hammond has brought much cheer to the country and may be forgiven one mistake, though it may need to be reviewed. In the longer term, he must steel himself against the demonic determination of the Treasury to take the easier choice of raising tax, instead of continuing to cut levels of public spending.
The decision to leave the European Union is a hammer blow for equality. Whether its economic impact, our capacity to advocate for our sisters around the world or the battles ahead for our freedoms at work and in society, much is now at stake. Yet as the Prime Minister now presses ahead with hard Brexit, the challenge for us all is to find ways not only to protect what we have achieved to date but to continue to champion the power of equality to change all our lives for the better.
The Autumn budget will be an indicator of how well the economy is doing and we could see some more announcements being made. can also be dubbed the Brexit Budget because the likely impact from Article 50 and negotiations may change the way the Government does business.
There is a mandate for Brexit, but not for a hard Brexit that leaves women worse off. The Government needs to change course and adopt a new course that prioritises the rights, safety and economic wellbeing of women in the Brexit negotiations - not as figures on a spreadsheet, but as human beings.
Our tax code is too long and far too complex. Since 1997 the total volume of tax regulations has more than trebled, to over 21,000 pages. The vast majority of that new red tape was created when Gordon Brown was Chancellor, but it continued to grow under George Osborne.
There's no doubt that craft and the Crafts Council are in a state of flux. We've witnessed an unprecedented rise in the popularity of making, encapsul...
Even though the Autumn Statement was only a little over three months ago, we could see more change than usual to the OBR's economic and fiscal forecasts this week. As with all forecasts, the OBR makes several judgement calls in deciding what it thinks will happen to business investment, employment, wages and tax receipts in the coming years - a new boss means a greater than usual probability that those assumptions could change.
This International Women's Day you are likely to hear how we need more women in the workforce because gender equality is going to lift our economies from their perpetual crisis. Yet women are already propping up the global economy, through their unpaid care work.
News last week: the number of UK workers on zero-hours contracts has reached the all-time high of 910,000. It was something of a blast from the past....
It is a fallacy to propose that the imposition of EU tariffs on UK goods would benefit Europe and economically damage the United Kingdom... It is perverse for Brussels to try and warn us of Hard Brexit by the bogeyman of tariffs, when they know that they are in fact, threatening to shoot themselves in the foot.