Tag Archives: living standards

How the cost of food soared during the recession

To get an idea of just why so many people are struggling, take a look at this graph, which tracks the increase in the cost of basic food items from 2012 to 2013.

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It’s time for a collective bargaining renaissance

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The decline in the bargaining power of labour has been a contributory factor to the fall in living standards.

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Five million workers excluded from recovery, says Living Wage Commission

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TweetFive million workers are set to be left out of the economic recovery, according to a new report published today. The report, Working for Poverty, was authored by the Living Wage Commission and states that the economic recovery will have no effect for one in five workers unless employers pay a Living Wage. It describes […]

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Fall in real wages longest for 50 years, says ONS

Workers have experienced the longest fall in real wages since at least 1964, new figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show.

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According to the IFS, people really are worse off under the Tories

Despite the sort of spin that we saw last Friday, people really are worse off under the Tories.

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The coalition’s cost of living sleight of hand

The transparent attempt by the government to selectively reinterpret the data so as to downplay the so-called ‘cost of living crisis’ is frankly rather alarming.

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Despite welcome news on unemployment, pay and productivity are stagnating

Despite today’s welcome news on falling unemployment, pay and productivity are stagnating.

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The growth of food banks: a crisis made in Downing Street

Are more people really using food banks because of a greater awareness of them?

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Philip Hammond claims living standards are rising. Backs up the claim with…nothing

Defence secretary Philip Hammond was on the Daily Politics today and made a startling claim: that living standards are starting to rise again.

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It’s telling that the chancellor failed to mention ‘manufacturing’ once in his Autumn Statement

The re-balancing of the economy which Osborne promised has been all but abandoned.

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