Politics

Get this song to No1 says UKIP’s Nigel Farage

A new calypso themed UKIP supporting song has been aired criticising UK political leaders for allowing “illegal immigrants in every town”.

A Deathly Danger: The Trouble with Truckers and Texting

Even though it’s a proven death-trap, most truckers in the U.S. still text and drive to some extent. It seems insane, because there’s this person driving a huge commercial vehicle, with the potential to kill a lot of people out on the public roads.

UK Savings Crisis: The Five Year Retirement

Pension pots will run dry after just five years at current rate of saving

• Savers say they need £23,457 per year as a comfortable retirement income;
• UK pension funds could only support that income for five years;
• Average pensions pot would only pay out £6,011 per year in today’s money.

Public-sector prison officer numbers cut by 41 per cent

The number of officers at public-sector prisons in England and Wales has been cut by 41 per cent in less than four years, figures obtained by the Howard League for Penal Reform reveal today (Monday 20 October).

Twin Peaks

Speaking at the Kenilworth Chamber of Trade business breakfast event Andrew Haldane, the Chief Economist of the Bank of England, discusses developments in the labour market, and the implications for monetary policy in the United Kingdom.

Britain’s top director earned a year’s worth of the living wage in less than an hour

Forty nine minutes after returning to work after the 2013 New Year break Britain’s highest paid director, Simon Peckham, Chief Executive of engineering company Melrose, earned as much as a worker on the living wage earns in a year

Labour Says it Will Build the Homes That First-Time Buyers Need

Ed Miliband will today (Thurs) herald sweeping reforms to help communities build hundreds of thousands of new homes where families want to live – and ensure that first time buyers from the  area are given priority access rights when these houses go on sale.

Leaders’ Debates: The public want the Greens included

Over 150,000 people have signed a Change.org petition [1] calling for the broadcasters to include the Green Party in the TV Leaders’ Debates ahead of the 2015 General Election.

Government Acts to Give Smaller Businesses Second Chance at Accessing Finance

The government has today published draft legislation introducing new measures to support smaller businesses get the finance they need to grow, including by helping them seek out alternative lenders if the big banks turn them down for loans.

What to do when we don’t know: policy-making when spare capacity is uncertain

In the annual JSG Wilson Lecture, at the University of Hull, Martin Weale – External Member of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) – explores what he calls “the practical problem” of setting policy while being uncertain about the margin of spare capacity in the economy

Unemployment Continues to Fall

The latest employment figures from the Office for National Statistics shows that, comparing the three months from March to May with those of June to August, the numbers of those in employment rose by 46,000 and unemployment fell by 154,000.

Nation Needs Affordable Homes – And They Must Be Green, Says Friends Of The Earth

The supply of affordable homes must be increased to help tackle the housing crisis, but they must be built to high environmental standards and situated in the ‘right place’, Friends of the Earth said today, ahead of publication of a Labour-commissioned housing review