Squeezed Middle

It's Not Just 2015 That Will Be a Living Standards Election - The 2014 Vote Could Be One Too

Conor Darcy | Posted 18.11.2013 | UK Politics
Conor Darcy

The importance of living standards as an issue in the independence referendum was underlined this week by a poll for the Scotsman. While we shouldn't draw too much from one survey, nearly half of respondents said they would vote for independence if it would make them £500 better off.

Squeezing The Middle

PA | Posted 20.09.2013 | UK Politics

Around 1.5 million more families are feeling financially squeezed than a year ago despite signs of blossoming confidence in the economy, research has ...

Former Chief of CBI Denies UK Has Had Uncontrolled Immigration, Tell That to Those on Low to Middle Incomes Who Have Lost Their Jobs Mr Lambert

Janice Atkinson | Posted 15.04.2013 | UK Politics
Janice Atkinson

My view is that uncontrolled immigration has led to wholesale job losses for the unskilled and semi-skilled; put a strain on the housing stock and has led to men in this category earning less than their womenfolk for the first time.

Welcome to the New Sandwich Generation

Michelle Stonehill | Posted 05.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Michelle Stonehill

The pressure to make enough money to support everyone, whilst bringing up two young children and running a business is hard. The emotional turmoil of seeing your parents decline is hard enough in itself.

Tory in Ruling-Out-Wealth-Tax Shocker

Dr Prateek Buch | Posted 07.12.2012 | UK Politics
Dr Prateek Buch

There is a clear need to tax the largely unearned and unequally distributed wealth locked up in property. Failing to do so at a time when living standards stagnate for those not fortunate enough to live in a house worth £2m is bad politics, bad economics and bad judgement.

Right to Buy?

Tom Copley | Posted 20.11.2012 | UK Politics
Tom Copley

It was hardly a surprise when a Tory housing minister in a Tory-led government announced that he was to reanimate the corpse of right to buy. Once again, reassurances have been given that each home sold will be replaced. Yet the devil is as always in the detail.

Energy Prices Set To Rise Again, British Gas Owner Warns

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.05.2012 | UK

British Gas owner Centrica warned on Friday that costs of energy will continue to rise. Citing the rise in wholesale gas prices, Centrica said it w...

Would a £10k Allowance be a Radical Legacy?

James Plunkett | Posted 15.05.2012 | UK Politics
James Plunkett

Next Wednesday George Osborne looks set to announce a further increase in the personal allowance. With the PA already set to hit £8,105 in April, a further rise to around £8,800 in 2013 would keep the government on track for its £10k target by election day.

Fear the Backlash From the Squeezed Middle

Thomas Byrne | Posted 27.03.2012 | UK Politics
Thomas Byrne

Has there ever been a vote that a government has ever been so desperate to lose? This was the verdict from journalists as the House of Lords voted dow...

Squeezed Britain: Incomes Won't Recover From Recession Until 2020, Says Thinktank

PA | Posted 23.01.2012 | UK

Low to middle income earners will not see their disposable income approach pre-recession levels until 2020 at best, a report from think-tank the Resol...

Child Benefit Cuts Will Hurt More Than 680000 'Squeezed Middle' Families

PA | Posted 23.01.2012 | UK

Around 680,000 families will lose out if child benefit is cut for high-rate taxpayers, with almost one in four involving a household with one parent e...

Which Ed Miliband Phrase Beat 'Arab Spring' To Word Of The Year?

Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.11.2011 | UK Politics

Tessa Jowell once described it as “rather cumbersome and inexplicit”. Ed Miliband struggled to explain it to John Humphrys on the Today program...

Dear Elders, Branding Us a 'Lost Generation' Is Reductive and Patronising - Yours Sincerely, the Young

Sean Faye | Posted 21.01.2012 | UK
Sean Faye

The 'Lost Generation' tagline isn't helpful - it's both a reductive and totalising gesture that throws graduate media interns in with teenage school leavers as if we're all one soupy, melting pot of despair.

The Conservatives Have Much To Learn From John Howard's Appeal To Blue Collar Voters

David Skelton | Posted 13.01.2012 | UK Politics
David Skelton

If they are to govern lone after the next election, the Conservative Party will need to take a leaf from John Howard's book and consider ways to appeal to the British 'battlers' and aspirational blue collar voters.

Ed Miliband - the Emile Heskey of Politics

Jake Richards | Posted 24.12.2011 | UK Politics
Jake Richards

Miliband's challenge is to express and argue his agenda in a more coherent, authentic and relevant way. He's in the penalty box, he just needs to learn how to score.

Ed Miliband has an odd Habit

Emma Burnell | Posted 05.12.2011 | UK Politics
Emma Burnell

Do you remember the scorn poured on Ed Miliband when he first coined the term "the squeezed middle"? Particularly when he refused on the Today Program...

Better Times Ahead, Says PM

PA | Posted 03.12.2011 | UK Politics

Prime Minister David Cameron has promised a "better time ahead" as he acknowledged that families are suffering difficult times due to the uncertain ec...