Today’s combination of hyper-loose monetary policy and tight fiscal policy means that the asset-rich get richer while the asset-and-income-poor get battered. If you’re lucky enough to own a house or shares or pension rights, you’ve done well since 2010: the stock market is up 40%; house prices are up by over a quarter; and the ‘triple lock’ on pensions in the UK will have channelled more than £33 billion extra to those with pension rights by 2020. Yet those on tax credits have seen their incomes fall precipitously while, of course, benefiting not at all from asset-price inflation; needless to say, they have little if any pension rights to protect.
The challenge for progressives over the next 20 years is blunt: we know how to globalise - but we don’t know how to make globalisation work for the majority of voters. Fixing the tax system is part of the answer.
During the General Election, I spent 30 days on the streets of Hodge Hill Constituency talking to local residents. Rubbish and fly-tipping remain a top concern.
This presentation sets out evidence collected walking around my constituency every day.
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Here's the final copy of our Peoples' Plan for the West Midlands - written with the help of the NESTA's D-Cent digital democracy technology!
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Today I launched an inquiry into the level of help and support given to Birmingham’s near 35,000 children with special educational needs and disability.
I will hear from campaign groups, experts and the parents and families of children with special educational needs and disability (SEND) to find out how these kids can be better cared for and their families supported, particularly those living in poverty.
I've called on the Home Secretary Amber Rudd to propose new laws aimed at stopping social media companies conniving in extremists’ broadcast of evil.
I proposed to the Home Secretary, who is meeting with social media companies, a set of 'best in class' changes based on ideas debated in the US, Germany and Ireland.