Posts Tagged ‘ Unbalanced Britain ’

Re-balancing Education: Dear Labour Councillor…

Apr 25th, 2017 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

BEN SELLERS wrote an angry and articulate open letter to Durham County councillors on his blog last month, following their decision to suspend plans to cut the pay of local teaching assistants. As part of our series on education, we are re-publishing his letter below, prefaced with an explanatory note from ILP chair DAVID CONNOLLY.

Plans by the Labour controlled Durham County Council to sack 2,700 teaching assistants and then ‘re-engage’ them with term-time only contracts, involving a 23 per cent wage cut, has led to a long-running and bitter dispute…



Unbalanced Britain: Education and Inequality

Apr 12th, 2017 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

MELISSA BENN examines the continuing inequalities in our education system, and the failures of recent governments to close the gaps. What could Labour do to promote an alternative vision?

Despite endless policy initiatives, exhaustive reforms and official obeisance to the questionable aim of ‘social mobility’, our education system still has yawning gaps in outcomes between children from poorer and more affluent families. Despite the permanent revolution, surprisingly little has shifted.



Re-balancing Education: The Democratic Deficit

Apr 5th, 2017 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

VICKY SEDDON attended the ILP’s Unbalanced Britain conference on education last month. Here, she argues that any future progressive reforms must include changes to our structures of democracy and control.

The ILP hosted a very interesting discussion on 4 March in Sheffield. Melissa Benn was informative, strategic and focussed; Julie Thorpe was interesting and thought-provoking on the Co-operative College model. Both provided very good introductions to the conversation.



Back to the Future: Re-balancing Education

Mar 13th, 2017 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

Every government since New Labour has made education its top priority yet inequality still runs through the system from top to bottom. So why have they failed and how can Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party win support for a return to the principles and values of the comprehensive system?

That was the question raised by writer and campaigner Melissa Benn at the ILP’s fourth Unbalanced Britain seminar in Sheffield on 5 March.



Taking Back Control of our Money Supply

Feb 11th, 2017 | By Barry Winter | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage

It’s widely assumed that the Bank of England creates money, but only 3% of the money in circulation is physical cash. The other 97 per cent is produced online by the big, commercial banks. And what’s more they make whopping profits from doing so.



Unbalanced Britain: Education, Inequality & Labour’s Response

Jan 15th, 2017 | By admin | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage, Lead

Labour and co-operative responses to the crisis in the education system is the subject of the ILP’s next Unbalanced Britain meeting in Sheffield on Saturday 4 March.

With speakers Melissa Benn and Julie Thorpe, the seminar will examine how changes to the education system have increased inequality and widened the gap between the privileged few and the majority. It will discuss the Labour Party’s response and look at co-operative schools.



Unbalanced Britain: Benn to put Education in the Spotlight

Jan 4th, 2017 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage, Lead, News

Education will come under the spotlight at the ILP’s next Unbalanced Britain seminar on 4 March when writer and campaigner Melissa Benn will speak about the Labour Party’s response to the last decade of education reforms.



Finding a Progressive Future in Post-Brexit Britain

Oct 20th, 2016 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage

Leading thinkers and key figures in the Labour movement will come together with grassroots organisers and activists at a conference in London on Saturday 5 November to “take stock, discuss policy solutions and map a progressive path forward for Britain” post-Brexit.



Pigs, PR and Politics

Apr 8th, 2016 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage

GERRY LAVERY reviews Call Me Dave, the recent very unauthorised biography of the prime minister, and asks what Labour and the left have to learn from his and the Tories’ electoral success.



Rethinking Housing

Apr 5th, 2016 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

In November 2015 Labour’s Leeds North East MP Fabian Hamilton launched the Building Homes for Britain report. Here, its researcher and editor SIMON JOSE outlines the report’s core ideas and explains why a complete rethink of housing policy is needed.

For decades the housing market has trundled towards the chaotic state it is in today. With house prices rocketing, especially in London, a largely unregulated private rented sector and restrictions on building affordable homes, that crisis is now at boiling point.