Austerity corrodes gender equality
There is a passive acceptance that gender equality is making progress in the UK, but we are living in an age of austerity.
THIS is an age that will reshape our labour market, our relationship with work and too the very nature of gender roles in society. Our welfare state, the safety net that guards our vulnerable, faces liquidation at the hands of cuts and further privatisation.
Red line: Fix Westminster
The political system of the UK is currently dominated by very high levels of discontent with politicians and political institutions alike.
LEVELS of turnout in elections for the UK Parliament are on a long term downward trend, mirrored by declining involvement in other elections and democratic structures.
Red line: Return power to the people
Britain remains one of the most centralised states in the world.
THIS centralisation benefits the rich and powerful elites who are most adept at influencing the political process. It also denies power to people best placed to make decisions about their own lives.
One of the key mistakes has been to mistake centralisation for solidarity. When asked, most people in Wales and Scotland prefer their devolved administrations to the Westminster government. This makes the case strong for a radical devolution of power to nations, regions, cities and communities.
Red line: Stop cutting, start investing
Austerity is destroying the fabric of our society and economy. It is the prosperity of people which will fix our problems, not their poverty
THE idea that we can reinvigorate our economy by punishing the vulnerable for the irresponsible actions of elites is nonsensical.
Austerity is often portrayed as a short term means to balance the budget or a necessary evil, but rolling back our welfare state without questioning the volatile structure of our economy only exposes us to further instability amidst ever-widening inequality.
Red line: Back children, not trident
It has been proposed by every major Westminster party that Trident nuclear weapons are to be renewed at a cost of PS100bn to the taxpayer.
There are a multitude of reasons why we advocate that these weapons of mass destruction are not renewed. Trident was designed for the state centric, bipolar geopolitical landscape that simply no longer exists. In today's multipolar landscape, it is a redundant relic. Then there is the moral argument against Trident's renewal.
Red Line: Raise Wages
It is essential that our chronically unbalanced economy is made fairer.
Our current industrial relations rank 26th out of 27th in the EU, and we uphold the worst employment rights in Europe. Our endemic low pay and job insecurity derives in part from low levels of unionisation, and our failure to involve employees has caused lower productivity and poorer industrial relations. If the UK is to build a productive economy that delivers high-pay jobs, it requires an innovative model for industrial relations.
Red Lines: An Explainer
As the Westminster election gears up, we are launching our Red Lines papers.
With the increasing likelihood of a coalition government, Scottish MPs have the opportunity to make real change happen at Westminster.
In this context we are seeking to give Westminster candidates the opportunity to sign up to a list of policies that can transform our politics.
New Economics Foundation: Budget 2015 Reaction
Last week, the New Economics Foundation (NEF) released a macroeconomic briefing in reaction to Chancellor George Osborne's delivery of his last budget.
A summary of the report concludes that rather than reimagining the volatile structure of our economy or addressing our deep rooted economic issues, the 2015 budget was used to legitimise continuing on the same path that led to the financial crisis:
Time to Rethink Benefits Sanctions
Time to Rethink Benefits Sanctions
A breakdown of a report by Church Action on Poverty, Baptist Union of Great Britain, United Reformed Church, Methodist Church, Church of Scotland and Church of Wales calling on a full and independent review of the sanctions regime.
What are Benefits Sanctions?
To qualify for unemployment benefits, you must be both available to work and seeking employment. The terms of this requirement mean that you are under conditionality, from applying for jobs to attending meetings and/or courses.
Commissioned Paper: Health and Inequality
As part of the launch of Common Weal policy unit, we will be encouraging people to commission papers on a range of topics. Whilst these papers are not Common Weal policy, they are designed to instigate dialogue and act as a foundation for which policy can stem from.