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Debt is still the problem in this cost of living crisis

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Debt, rather than earnings, is being used to cover living costs, writes Carl Packman.

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If we measure inflation by the RPI, real pay is still falling

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If we measure inflation by the Retail Price Index – far more commonly used than CPI in pay bargaining – real pay is still falling, writes Richard Exell.

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Cost of living crisis over? Three things the Tory press won’t tell you this week

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Recovery. What recovery? asks James Bloodworth.

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Unemployment down 77,000 to 2.24 million

Unemployment decreased by 77,000 between September 2013 and November 2013 to 2.33 million, with the unemployment rate now at 6.9 per cent, today’s labour market statistics reveal.

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The full employment strategy must go beyond tax cuts and squeezing those on benefits

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To maximise people’s chances of finding work we need to tackle the structural problems they face.

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Zero hour contract consultation attracts 36,000 responses

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A government consultation on zero-hours contracts has been flooded with 36,000 responses from people wanting to talk about problems and abuses.

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The Work Programme: just 1 in 20 ESA claimants have found work through the scheme

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The latest batch of Work Programme data were released today. New quarter; similar results: a programme doing acceptably for some, but for others not.

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Sharp rise in self-employment may be masking true extent of unemployment

Despite today’s fall in unemployment, there are still causes for concern in the labour market.

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Government’s own anti-red tape committee says zero hour contract consultation too narrow

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Employer market power should be considered in the government’s consultation on zero-hours contracts, according to independent assessors working for the government.

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Hopeful signs in the labour market, but things remain a long way from normal

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Today’s labour market statistics were broadly positive but there are causes for concern beneath the headlines.

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