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Does Labour still have an economic credibility deficit?

Our economy is in a serious condition. We are in the second recession since 2008. Output remains well below levels experienced before the financial crisis. Living standards continue to fall. Spending by households has yet to recover and remains depressed....

The route to growth

The first 18 months of recovery up to mid-2011 had looked promising, particularly for manufacturers. The sector was delivering an increased share of output, providing a boost to our trade performance and investing more than the wider economy. Since then...

How Labour can make jobcentres work

Jobcentre Plus is the main point of contact with the state for job seekers and it needs to adapt. In an ideal world, visiting the jobcentre should be like visiting your GP. The role of the person helping you should...

Lib-Dem Conference: Adonis raises the stakes

Earlier today a panel of leading Labour and Liberal Democrat voices debated the nature of pluralism in our politics. The Fabians and Centre:Forum asked, is the future plural? Lord Adonis, Ming Campbell, Jon Cruddas and Jo Swinson all said yes,...

Predistribution: The important idea with a bad name

David Cameron confirmed yesterday that predistribution is now a Westminster watchword, the term finding its way into the Prime Minister’s questionable routine at PMQs. With pleasure Miliband informed his opponent that the idea represented that which the government hasn’t delivered:...

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