• 27 Apr 2012

    Teachers in England are witnessing increasing numbers of pupils coming into school "hungry", "dirty" and "struggling to concentrate" since the economic crisis began, according to a Prince’s Trust and Times Educational Supplement survey. Interviews with over 500 secondary school teachers painted a bleak picture.

  • 11 Apr 2012

    Plaid Cymru are launching their local election campaign with a focus on preserving local services and jobs in the face of cuts from central government.

  • 9 Mar 2012

    Figures published by Department for Communities and Local Government show 48,510 households across England were accepted as homeless by local authorities in 2011

  • 8 Mar 2012

    “Two nations between whom there is no intercourse and no sympathy; who are as ignorant of each other's habits, thoughts, and feelings, as if they were dwellers in different zones, or inhabitants of different planets. The rich and the poor.” These words from Disraeli's 1845 novel 'Sybil' could have been written for Norwich MP Chloe Smith.

  • 3 Mar 2012

    The latest public sector jobs figures published by the Office for National Statistics make grim reading for those concerned with sustainable employment.

  • 16 Feb 2012

    In a recent BBC debate on unemployment, there was an unbearably poignant moment, when a middle-aged man, Michael, was asked how he felt about being unemployed. ‘I feel humiliated’ he said, close to tears, ‘I feel like it’s my fault’.

    He went on to tell of a young woman he knew who had killed herself because she despaired of ever getting a job.

  • 23 Jan 2012

    The government has admitted that its household benefits cap will apply to part-time workers as well as to unemployed people.

  • 19 Jan 2012

    The latest UK-wide unemployment figures published on 18 January 2012 are even worse than previous bleak economic forecasts predicted.

  • 17 Jan 2012

    In their campaign to build support for welfare reforms, ministers have frequently said that the main cause of child poverty is worklessness.

  • 17 Jan 2012

    The government claims that its determined attempts to cut the living standards of the poor are necessary to cut public spending. Many have pointed out that the Welfare Reform Bill and other changes have immediate and long-term costs attached, so will not save nearly as much as is claimed. The rationale for harsh new measures looks even flimsier since it has emerged that the government is shelling out public money to take paid work away from the poor.