The Progressive Toolkit: A Guide to Talking About the Issues We Care About
Briefing, 20 September 2019
This toolkit offers practical advice on messaging to help equip the Left with clear, compelling arguments that tell a story and provide a progressive vision on the economy. It is our attempt to bring together what we have learned from conversations around the country.
The Fat Cat Diet: A progressive plan for wage fairness
Richard Murphy, Sarah Anderson, Luke Hildyard
Briefing, 3 January 2019
This report calls for curbs on excess and unrestrained pay by removing executive pay and argues that attempts to cut corporate excess to-date have largely failed.
The Great British Regression: Brexit and Inequality
Dr Faiza Shaheen, Howard Reed, Andreas Schulze-Bäing, Professor Özlem Onaran, Olivier Sykes, Sara Reis
Briefing, 8 December 2018
This report looks at the consequences on wages, investment and equality if the Government get a Brexit that takes Britain out of the customs union and single market.
Fudging the funding on pay
Briefing, 6 March 2018
An analysis of departmental spending plans in the UK budget in relation to pay
Back to Basics: Progressive Trade Deals
Mark Dearn, Nick Dearden, Jean Blaylock, Sophie Hardefelt, Dr James Harrison
Briefing, 9 February 2018
This expert guide goes back to basics on trade, explaining the dangers of modern trade deals and what we should be looking for in a progressive trade agenda.
Autumn Budget Briefing 2017
Briefing, 21 November 2017
This briefing takes a detailed look at the Autumn Budget 2017.
Empty Chair - It’s Time for Workers on Boards
Briefing, 2 October 2017
Using interviews with workers on boards and research that demonstrates best practice, this paper makes the case for the idea of workers on boards to be taken far more seriously at a time when workers voices are in danger of disappearing altogether.
Queen’s Speech 2017 Briefing
Briefing, 21 June 2017
A detailed summary of the most important bills outlined in the Queen's Speech 2017.
Election 2017: A Comparison of Labour and Conservative Manifestos
Briefing, 19 May 2017
A comparison of Labour and Conservative proposals across key policies areas for the 2017 General Election.
Spring Budget 2017 Briefing
Briefing, 9 March 2017
Our Policy Officer and Senior Research Officer break down the Spring Budget 2017.
Briefing: Autumn Statement 2016
Briefing, 1 December 2016
Following the 2016 Autumn Statement, CLASS have put together a detailed summary of the most important announcements from new Chancellor Philip Hammond.
Changing The Debate on Migration: Brexit Update
Briefing, 11 October 2016
This updated pamphlet provides facts to inform the debate on refugees, asylum seekers and migration since Brexit and is an important tool for challenging the current narrative.
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 mythology of business
Prof David Whyte
Briefing, 24 August 2015
This new publication has been released by the Institute of Employment Rights to dispels some of the myths surrounding business and its supposed benefits and seeks to shed some light on the lies that are used to deny workers their rights and diminish collective bargaining power.
Election 2015: What’s at stake for fairer tax?
Briefing, 16 March 2015
This guide outlines how the tax system is regressive, benefitting the rich and penalising the poor. Proportionally, tax from working people is not matched by the contributions of the rich. Widespread tax avoidance allows companies and wealthy individuals to shirk their responsibilities to public services. This guide sets out how...
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 the NHS?
Briefing, 3 March 2015
This guide covers the current challenges facing the NHS: increased pressure, plunging staff morale and impending funding crises, and how privatisation and marketisation has fundamentally damaged standards in healthcare. This pamphlet outlines how pressures could be lessened by eliminating costly competition processes. By repealing the Health and Social Care Act,...
Election 2015: What’s at stake for the economy?
Briefing, 24 February 2015
This guide outlines the state of the economy in 2015 and the impact Coalition policies have had on economic growth. The pamphlet highlights how austerity exacerbates a highly unequal system and further damages prospects of growth. As the Coalition continue to champion misleading figures on the debt and deficit, this...
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.
Why immigration is good for all of us
Class-Red Pepper magazine
Class-Red Pepper Magazine
Briefing, 21 March 2014
Addressing the argument that migrants are a drain on British resources, this Class pamphlet exposes common myths around immigration . This pamphlet addresses the fact that migrants have been used as scapegoats for a fall in living standards and shows that migrants make a positive contribution to the economy.
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,...
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.
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...