austerity

  • 17 Jan 2015

    Income inequality has been growing for decades in the UK, extensive evidence reveals. In recent years, so-called ‘austerity’ has served as a smokescreen for even more wealth to be transferred to a handful of millionaires.

  • 17 Jan 2015

    The future of local authority services in England are under threat from a growing funding crisis, a new report indicates.

  • 5 Jan 2015

    For as long as there has been organised government, there has been satire. From Aristophanes to Steve Bell, power has been mocked: it is a mark of the spirit of freedom.

  • 4 Jan 2015

    As we enter an election year perhaps the real issues may be smuggled onto our television screens via comedy and entertainment, whilst the news media which is supposed to inform us simply keeps the debate within certain parameters.

  • 2 Jan 2015

    PRIME (Policy Research in Macroeconomics) have published an online booklet which really ought to be required reading in an election year, both by politicians and by prospective voters.

  • 2 Jan 2015

    The real value of the average full-time wage fell by £487 in 2014, new Trades Union Congress analysis has revealed.

  • 28 Dec 2014

    With George Osborne promising to return public spending to the level of the 1930s, it would be useful to remind ourselves what life was like for the average British citizen in that era.

  • 20 Dec 2014

    I’ve been re-reading ‘A Christmas Carol’, and the way it resonates with present day Britain is quite remarkable. As Christmas approaches, Scrooge sits in his counting house, as he does every day, obsessed with his accounts and balancing the books, untouched and unmoved by the poverty all around him.

  • 9 Dec 2014

    Archbishop Justin Welby has been commended for highlighting UK hunger, but questioned for focusing on charity rather than justice.

  • 8 Dec 2014

    Before coming to Ekklesia, I worked for many years in social care. I loved the work (mainly in services for adults with learning disabilities), though it was not without challenges. The biggest of which, was the constant scrabble to make money stretch as far as it could. Though this was less evident in the times of plenty than it is in today’s Austerity Britain, I’ve never known a year when we weren’t asked to do a little bit more for the same amount of money. A trend which in the last few years has shifted towards being asked to do a whole lot more for a whole lot less.