These are the signs of decline, not of a vibrant economy looking to the future
Laurie is a Senior Research Fellow at IPPR and works on the environment, housing and infrastructure, focusing on industrial strategy, transport in the digital age and the Anthropocene.His work also covers political economy and how shifts occur in prevailing economic ideas and policies. Prior to joining IPPR, Laurie worked for Lord Skidelsky in the House of Lords, where he focussed on post-crash macroeconomic policy, and at the Institute for New Economic Thinking at Oxford University and as a strategist for Purpose. Laurie holds an MPhil in Economics from Oxford University and a BSc in Physics from Exeter University.
The Chancellor must use his Autumn Budget to answer these questions. He must ensure that NHS workers get the real terms pay rise that they deserve, and he must identify additional funding to pay for it. The Government can afford to scrap the public sector pay cap, and - given the growing workforce crisis in the NHS and their perilous political position - they can't afford not to.
13/11/2017 18:03 GMT
The announcement on Tuesday that the Government will be lifting the public sector pay cap will be both welcome, and hugely disappointing for millions of public sector workers. The announcement will also come as a bitter disappointment for three reasons...
13/09/2017 08:39 BST
If the decline in union membership and collective bargaining has been in part due to government action, then the solution to addressing and reversing the decline must also - in part - lie in government action.
27/07/2017 13:01 BST
For too long, the government's approach to the welfare bill has been focused simply on cutting entitlements, rather than addressing the underlying causes. If the government want to reduce the number of people on ESA and deliver on their commitments on mental health, they should scrap these cuts and instead focus on prevention, on supporting people and on turning off the tap.
03/04/2017 17:20 BST