The Facts & the Fixes: Housing
Factsheet, 1 June 2017
Access to affordable and good quality housing should be a right, not a luxury. But right now, the UK housing market is failing young people, low and medium earners, and the vulnerable.
The Facts & the Fixes: Immigration
Factsheet, 1 June 2017
The way we talk about immigration has become poisonous. Immigration targets have been set and missed, while many politicians fail to recognise how essential migrants are for our economy and the effect of anti-immigration narratives on our communities.
The Facts & the Fixes: Jobs
Factsheet, 30 May 2017
Having a good quality job is important for wellbeing. But with a squeeze in real earnings and the expansion of low quality work, employment is no longer a guaranteed route out of poverty.
The Facts & the Fixes: Public Services
Factsheet, 30 May 2017
We rely on public services throughout our lives to educate our children, to get us to work and to care for our loved ones. In recent years public spending cuts and privatisation have led to falling standards and restricted access to vital services.
The Facts & the Fixes: Youth Prospects
Factsheet, 2 May 2017
Young people face an increasingly hostile world. Here are the facts about young people in the UK, along with the policy fixes we need to improve youth prospects.
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.
Briefing: the Government’s proposed new Trade Unions Bill
Factsheet, 13 July 2015
This joint briefing from Class and the Institute of Employment Rights (IER) outlines further details on the various parts of the new Bill and provides analysis of the likely impact of the proposed legislation ahead of its publication.
Briefing: The Queen’s Speech 2015
Factsheet, 28 May 2015
This factsheet focuses upon the announcements in the 2015 Queen’s Speech, including the plans for an EU referendum, an extension of Right to Buy and attacks on the rights of workers, and what this means for ordinary people, trade unionists and the labour movement.
Briefing: The Tax Lock
Factsheet, 1 May 2015
The Conservatives have pledged to introduce a “tax lock,” an unusual move which would legally prohibit them from increasing income tax, National Insurance, or VAT for five years. The party retains its earlier promises to take everyone on the minimum wage out of income tax, by raising the personal allowance...
Briefing: Rent control - what is Labour offering?
Factsheet, 28 April 2015
On Monday Ed Miliband outlined how Labour plans to address the crisis in private renting, with further details on the party’s 2014 policy to regulate private rents. But do Labour’s plans go far enough, and would they deliver the sort of rent controls the public now overwhelmingly support?
Where do the parties stand on the NHS?
Factsheet, 24 April 2015
This week saw the parties further outline their plans for the NHS with announcements coming from Labour as part of their ‘NHS week’. This briefing will set out the plans of the two main parties and those of the Lib Dems, Greens and UKIP.
Briefing: Manifesto summary - The two main parties
Factsheet, 15 April 2015
Monday saw the launch of Labour’s 2015 manifesto which formalised the series of pledges made in recent weeks and emphasised their economic credibility to voters. The Conservatives followed with the release of their manifesto on Tuesday which sought to outline their offer to voters and articulate their pitch to ‘working...
Briefing: Extending the right to buy
Factsheet, 14 April 2015
A key pledge in the Conservatives 2015 General Election manifesto is to extend the Right-to-Buy policy to housing associations. This comes after a period of massive budget cuts to investment in building new homes and the emergence of a crisis in housing where rents and house prices have outstripped wages.
Briefing: Publicly-owned railways
Factsheet, 10 April 2015
Today the Conservatives announced a pledge to enact a real-term freeze affecting about half of all rail fares if they win the election. Prime Minister David Cameron said the move - extending a freeze currently in place - would save an average rail commuter £400 between now and 2020. Labour's...
Factsheet, 2 April 2015
There has been increasing media coverage about the UK’s growing ‘productivity gap’ in the last few weeks, but why is it important? This briefing sets out what productivity is, why everyone is talking about it and what actions are needed from the next government.
What is the 50p tax rate?
Factsheet, 29 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 upon the 50p tax rate, after Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls pledged to reintroduce the policy at the 2014 Fabians Conference in...
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...