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- Published in The Guardian - 07 February 2017
Sure Start began its life with an impressive focus on the most important aspects of the relationship between low-income mothers and their young children that play such a crucial role in determining those children’s life chances. It then morphed into an extension of the then Labour government’s welfare-to-work programme to help parents into jobs.
- Published in The Times - 02 February 2017
In response to my recent request for data, the Office for National Statistics has found that last year, when graduates’ median hourly pay fell, median hourly pay among workers who had completed an apprenticeship increased by 3.7 per cent. Moreover, the proportion of people in work with only an undergraduate degree earning a lower gross hourly wage than those who had completed an apprenticeship increased by six percentage points in 2016, from 26 per cent to 32 per cent.
- Published in The Times - 13 December 2016
To prevent a postcode lottery emerging in the delivery of care, which looks likely under the government’s current proposals, a combined health and social service should be funded by a new, progressive national insurance system
- Published in The Guardian - 01 December 2016
I have put a proposal to the government that sets out to cover each of these points. I have proposed a network of public employment services, driven locally by Jobcentre Plus and sustained by City Deal funding, with the specific aim of helping low-paid workers to climb the earnings ladder and craft their jobs to match their skills and circumstances.
- Published in The Guardian - 17 November 2016
The truth is that no government in recent decades has built enough homes. But with post-Brexit interest rates being at the level they are, the prime minister has a mega opportunity to reverse this trend, thereby paving the way for progress on three fronts: boosting the supply of housing to buy or rent, initiating a serious programme of welfare reform, and meeting voters’ wishes for lower immigration.
- Published in The i - 17 November 2016
An investment and skills-led agenda which reduces the need for overseas workers, without harming the economy, offers Britain's centre-left a major opportunity to apply the lessons it has been served by voters.
- Published in Financial Times - 11 November 2016
Any attempt to play down the growth and significance of the gig economy in the post-Brexit and Trump age will not run. It will succeed only in misrepresenting a fundamental change that is taking place within Britain’s flexible labour market
- Published in The Guardian - 03 November 2016
'The arrival of letters telling people how much worse off they will be under the cap has triggered panic among some of my most vulnerable constituents.'
- Published in The Guardian - 06 September 2016
British ministers are not going naked into the negotiating chamber. If the EU wants with good reason to maintain open borders on trading goods, as it is so much in their advantage, then they will need to concede similar access to services.
- Published in The Times - 05 September 2016
I reported to the prime minister in 2010 that there was an alternative to the Rowntree approach, centring on life chances. The report, The foundation years: preventing poor children becoming poor adults, highlighted interventions that could equalise the life chances of poor children, and that were more powerful than the impact of income and class. These are the mental health of the mother, the bond between mother and child, and the home-learning environment.