Ken Livingstone calls them "the best example of the big society I've seen in the past decade". London Citizens, which started as a ragtag band of church groups and trade unionists appalled at the living conditions of many workers in the capital, will hold a mass rally in St Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square tomorrow to celebrate 10 years of its Living Wage campaign. Along the way, they've brought blushes to the cheeks of politicians and chief executives, and persuaded scores of major employers to agree to pay their staff well above the legal minimum. At a rally attended by all the party leaders in the runup to last year's election, David Cameron described the living wage as "an idea whose time has come" – though he has yet to follow through on a pledge to implement it for cleaners and other support staff across Whitehall. "It was very obvious that the minimum wage was having virtually no impact in London," says Livingstone, who is gearing up for another shot at the London … [Read more...] about Living Wage campaign marks 10 years of fighting for the poorest
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Amazon is full of perks that persuade you to buy more stuff: like free shipping for orders over $25, or same-day shipping for Prime orders over $35. In other cases, Amazon punishes you for not purchasing enough, like those add-on items that only ship in orders over $25. A year ago, we published a list of cheap, actually-useful products on Amazon that everyone should own—perfect for adding to your cart and using when you need to hit that $25 threshold. Today, we’re back with 10 more useful items that’ll actually improve your life, all of which cost less than an Andrew Jackson. As usual, we’re going for somewhat-universally-useful things here—not hilarious novelty banana slicers (even though yes, they actually work pretty well). Advertisement A Water-Resistant Bag for Your Phone Hot summers mean taking pictures at the pool and chilling at the beach, while simultaneously trying to protect your $1000 phone from stray drops of water and scratchy grains of … [Read more...] about 10 More Actually-Useful Amazon Items Under $10 Everyone Should Have
Increasing levels of second home ownership in the Yorkshire Dales have left the national park with a “flight of working-age people, school closures, loss of services and hollowed-out communities”, local politicians and campaigners have said. The Yorkshire Dales national park authority chairman, Carl Lis, said people looking to the area for a picturesque bolthole were stimulating the housing market and helping to create “a gaping affordability gap between house prices and local wages”. Around 1,500 properties in the Yorkshire Dales are second homes – more than 10% of the total housing stock. When Yvonne Peacock’s two sons were little in the late 1970s, their home of Bainbridge, a small village in the national park, was full of children. “There were loads of them. They all used to play out on the village green,” she recalls. “You don’t get that any more.” Peacock, now the leader of Richmondshire district council and a … [Read more...] about How second-homes boom is hollowing out Yorkshire Dales villages
In the echoey theatre of modern political gesture, welfare has recently had one of its periodic stagings. A minister has honed his ideological credentials; columnists have extracted culture war content; tabloid journalists have parroted shamelessly grossed-up figures and patrolled Bondi beach for dole bludgers. Yet for once it was worth cocking an ear. For if the world of employment is facing upheaval, then so is its counterpart of unemployment. And if the future of work is, as many argue, increasingly flexible, casual, various and scarce, it’s arguable that those short of it will steadily face exacerbated economic risk. What might a welfare system of the future look like? What is the potential of ideas such as a universal basic income or a negative income tax, long discussed by economists, mostly beyond the ken of politicians? Despite its regular depiction as a peeler of lotuses for layabouts, Australians have reasons to be proud of their social safety net. Australia’s … [Read more...] about Basic income for all: a 500-year-old idea whose time has come?
A previously redacted section of the Steele dossier that was recently unsealed in a legal case makes several false claims about Michael Cohen’s wife and father-in-law. The inaccuracies raise further questions about the veracity of the dossier, which the FBI used to obtain surveillance warrants against a Trump campaign adviser. In the memo, Steele misidentified Cohen’s father-in-law and falsely claimed that Cohen’s wife is Russian. BuzzFeed redacted that section of the dossier prior to its publication on Jan. 10, 2017. When Michael Cohen appears this week before three separate congressional committees, the former Trump lawyer can expect to face questions about allegations leveled against him in the infamous Steele dossier, the Democrat-funded report that alleges a massive conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russian government to influence the 2016 election. Christopher Steele, the former British spy who wrote the dossier, makes several claims about Cohen in his … [Read more...] about Newly Unredacted Steele Dossier Memo Shows What Ex-Spy Got Wrong About Michael Cohen