Fact Sheet: How unequal is the UK
Factsheet, 11 October 2016
Inequality has become a hot topic in the UK, and there is a huge amount of evidence that inequality is extreme and increasing. This 2 page fact sheet offers quick statistics that highlight the extent of this inequality.
Budget Briefing 2016
An in-depth briefing following the 2016 Budget
Factsheet, 18 March 2016
This briefing focuses upon the announcements in the 2016 Budget, including the news that the Chancellor has failed to meet his debt and welfare targets and will also struggle to meet his ‘surplus’ rule.
Briefing: Spending Review 2015
Factsheet, 27 November 2015
This briefing on the Spending Review outlines the main announcements and their likely impacts.
Changing the debate on migration
Briefing, 11 September 2015
This updated pamphlet provides facts to inform the debate on refugees, asylum seekers and migration and is an important tool for challenging the current narrative.
The First 100 Days
What should a progressive government implement?
Think piece, 29 April 2015
In May 2015 a new progressive government could take office. Following one of the most unpredictable elections in decades, it will be a huge task to set down clear priorities that can begin to restore fairness and challenge inequalities in wealth and power. The first 100 days of the next...
Election 2015: What’s at stake for social security?
Briefing, 9 March 2015
This guide outlines the pressures facing the social security system caused by Coalition reforms, rising poverty and deep cuts to spending. Drawing attention to benefit cuts, the effects of the sanction regime, the stigmatisation faced by benefit claimants and the growth of food banks, this guide will expose the failings...
Election 2015: What’s at stake for housing?
Briefing, 17 February 2015
This guide outlines the state of the housing crisis, with rents rocketing in the private sector, social housing waiting lists rapidly rising, the impact of Coalition welfare reforms and a failure to build enough affordable homes. The publication will show that by building the homes we need and protecting tenants'...
Election 2015: What’s at stake for work, pay and unions?
Briefing, 10 February 2015
This guide outlines the scale of the fall in living standards since 2008, the explosion of low-wage, insecure work and how working people and their unions have seen their rights attacked. By explaining the link between strong trade unions, widespread collective bargaining and lower inequality the pamphlet suggests short and...
Trade unions and economic inequality
Dr Lydia Hayes, Prof Tonia Novitz
Briefing, 18 November 2014
This accessible pamphlet by leading academics Lydia Hayes and Tonia Novitz looks in depth at the role of trade unions in the economy and the link between strong trade unionism and more equal societies.
The Great British Rip Off
How to solve the cost of living crisis
Trade Union Group of MPs, unionstogether, Class Mythbusters
Briefing, 30 September 2014
Over the last year, Class, Unionstogether and the Trade Union Group of MPs have collaborated on a series of regional events to discuss the living standards crisis and the steps that you think should be taken to address it. This publication is the culmination of the issues identified and the...
The role of local government in a modern state
Policy paper, 18 September 2014
This paper outlines the unique role that local authorities can play and sets out a vision of how local government can be enabled to make a difference for the better. It argues for a fairer distribution of funding, for councils to borrow to build more homes, and for funding and...
In the public interest
The role of the modern state
Think piece, 9 August 2014
This Think Piece examines the overarching themes that run through our series, 'In the public interest: the role of the modern state.' It critically examines the evolving functions of the state in the UK, EU and USA. The piece emphasises that it is urgent that the prevailing neoliberal mould is...
The importance of the labour movement in tackling inequality
Professor Richard Wilkinson, Professor Kate Pickett
Think piece, 1 July 2014
Drawing on a range of evidence, this short Think Piece looks at the role of the labour movement in achieving a more equal society. The weakening of the labour movement during the last quarter of the 20th Century has had a significant impact on the ability of working people to...
Without Social Europe there can be no Social Britain in our lifetime
Bernadette Ségol, Jude Kirton-Darling MEP
Think piece, 15 April 2014
This essay examines the concept of a Social Europe, a concept which put the values of collectivism, equality and solidarity, firmly at the heart of the EU. This paper was asks whether a left agenda for Europe could promote a renewed focus on securing a Social Europe and with it...
BRIEFING: Bankers’ Bonuses
Factsheet, 22 January 2014
Our factsheets feature the best articles, the most relevant statistics, and the most up-to-date information to get you clued up on the issues everybody is debating. This factsheet focuses on bankers' bonuses - set to be big news in the coming weeks as RBS gears up to award its staff...
Reconstruction after the Crisis: A Manifesto for Collective Bargaining
Professor Keith Ewing, John Hendy QC
Policy paper, 15 November 2013
The authors of this Class and Institute of Employment Rights joint report set out a timely argument for the introduction of a statutory framework for collective bargaining. Keith Ewing and John Hendy trace the historical background to the current economic crisis – including the dismantling of trade union rights by...
Education, justice and democracy
The struggle over ignorance and opportunity
Professor Stephen J Ball
Policy paper, 17 October 2013
This paper argues that the increased involvement of the private sector in the education system has resulted in selection processes which favour the privileged and neglected the poor. The reluctance of the state to be involved in the education system has made it messy, patchy and diverse. The current system...
Austerity Illusions and Debt Delusions
Briefing, 2 October 2013
Exposing the myths that austerity has 'saved the economy', 'reduced debt', 'brought down borrowing' and 'kick-started recovery' - this Class briefing gives the facts and realities behind the lies. This pamphlet has been produced to expose the Coalition Government’s lies and prove that there are alternative routes back to jobs,...
Boom-time for legal loan sharks
How deregulation, market failure and a crisis in wages has led to the rise of payday lenders
Policy paper, 11 July 2013
Self-regulated payday lenders have exploded on the consumer credit scene since the recession and financially vulnerable individuals are now starting to feel the impact of this new type of lender on the high street. This paper shows that over a million people took out payday loans in 2012. Much of...
In Place of Fear
Narrowing health inequalities
Professor Danny Dorling
Think piece, 21 May 2013
This paper shows that the 1930s were the last time the population of Britain was as polarised in terms of their health as we are today. It was not simply the introduction of the NHS that halved inequalities in health in Britain between the 1930s and early 1950s. The overall...
Duty to care
In defence of universal health care
David Price, Professor Allyson Pollock
Policy paper, 14 May 2013
Proponents of the argument that tax-financed or ‘free’ health care is a privilege we can no longer afford are unable to explain why universal health care was instituted when the world’s economy was very much smaller than it is today. This paper asks - if the UK could create an...
In Land Revenue
The case for a Land Value Tax in the UK
Think piece, 8 May 2013
This paper argues that our current land economy does not serve us well. In response, it proposes a Land Value Tax for the UK. A Land Value Tax, targeted at unproductive wealth and speculation, could help deliver the house-building revolution – and the economic revival – our country desperately needs....
Financing the Social State
Towards a full employment economy
Richard Murphy, Howard Reed
Policy paper, 22 April 2013
This paper seeks to show that the policy of austerity that has increased idleness and has now given rise to the additional problem of disguised underemployment, makes no economic sense. Focusing on fiscal and taxation policies, Richard Murphy and Howard Reed argue that, as in Beveridge's time, the global recession...
The Case for Universalism
Assessing the evidence
Mike Danson, Paul Spicker, Robin McAlpine, Willie Sullivan
Policy paper, 18 April 2013
Universalism is once again edging up the political agenda. This underlying principle behind the welfare state has always been reviled by those who wish to see it dismantled, but more immediately concerning is a growing acceptance that in order to protect vital public services the ideal of universal coverage should...
Exposing the Myths of Welfare
Class-Red Pepper Mythbuster
Class-Red Pepper Magazine
Briefing, 10 April 2013
This pamphlet is the first in a series of mythbusters from Class and Red Pepper, designed to expose the realities behind the recurring myths which often scew the debate on welfare.
The pivotal role of social housing
Policy paper, 4 March 2013
'Tackling Squalor' was commissioned as part of the Social State series to address the Giant Evil of ‘squalor’ and propose new policy priorities for housing in 2015 Britain. This paper argues that the best way to counter the residualisation of social housing and the spatial concentration of social housing tenants...
Why Inequality Matters
My Fair London
Briefing, 6 September 2012
With an abundance of evidence, Why Inequality Matters shows that the scourge of inequality has had a real role in the current economic crisis. The pursuit of equality is not just a moral imperative, not just vital for the poor and for the social cohesion and wellbeing of society, it...
What would a socially just education system look like?
Professor Diane Reay
Think piece, 19 July 2012
The current policy status quo is one that valorizes choice whilst rarely recognizing that choices come with resources that remain very unequally distributed. Tinkering with an unjust educational system is not going to transform it into a just system. The building blocks of a socially just educational system lie outside...
Rising inequality and financial crises
Why greater equality is essential for recovery
Think piece, 10 May 2012
This Think Piece argues that if the UK is to achieve a sustainable recovery from the current financial crisis, the wage share needs to be restored to post-war levels and the great concentrations of income and wealth broken up.