Policy

On the Buses

Readers of The Social Review living in the Manchester area, or those who have a keen interest in public transport, may have heard that, at long last, the Greater Manchester Combined Authority is set to take control of the buses of the region. This has been rumoured since the creation of the authority and has been even more widely expected since the…

Poverty in Education

Being poor impacts every part of your life; from your mental health, to your life expectancy, and throughout your education. The average life expectancy gap between a boy born in an affluent area and a boy born in one of the poorest areas reached 8.4 years in 2018. Being affluent tends to mean that you can have a support network that many…

This Is What Democracy Looks Like: Building A Politics For The Many

Central to Labour’s agenda under Corbyn has been the democratisation of the economy – a new economic model – for the many not the few. From putting workers on company boards, to nationalising key industries, to expanding cooperatives and mutuals as forms of worker organisation – Labour’s pledge to lead an irreversible shift in wealth and power in favour of working people…

Rethinking Welfare

Labour recently announced the intention of ending in-work poverty within the bounds of the next parliament once in government. Putting to one side this slightly woolly phrasing – reminiscent of the current administration’s resolution to ‘complete decarbonisation (hopefully before the last polar bear burns to death)’ – this is a welcome intervention from a leadership that has frankly been far too reticent…

The UCU And You

On February 22nd, 2018, the University and College Union went on strike. Although many factors played a role in causing the strike, the balloted action concerned a reorganisation of the USS pension scheme. The details of the changes to the pensions are fairly complex, and I am not here to write about the particulars of the dispute (not least because it is…