NEF in the news, May 2020

Media coverage of the New Economics Foundation

After Coronavirus, it’s Time to Reduce the Working Week
Aidan Harper wrote for Tribune about changes in the world of work, like reducing working hours, that need to happen post-coronavirus.

Special report: Crisis of despair as Yorkshire’s young people face bleak future
Research from NEF showing young people were nearly 2.5 times more likely to lose their jobs and be unable to access Covid support schemes was mentioned in the Yorkshire Post

Extra UK bank holiday in October could boost economy by £500m’
NEF research into the boosting productivity through a reduction in working time was mentioned in a Guardian article

Lockdown has awoken the sleeping giant in our workplaces: union power
Becki wrote for Comment is Free about the surge in union membership during the coronavirus crisis and how this is a once-in-a-generation chance to build unity.

If the government takes a majority stake in our airlines it will put us and our climate on a path to recovery
Alex Chapman wrote for Indy Voices about the need for government intervention in the aviation industry to protect workers and set the industry on course to sustainability and a zero-carbon economy.

Property panic: UK facing EVICTION CRISIS unless Boris Johnson moves quickly
Joe Beswick spoke to the Daily Express about NEF’s recent rent control proposal

Brexit trade deal: Who really owns UK fishing quotas?
NEF collaborated with the BBC on figures showing that a fifth of the annual value of the UK’s overall quota is held by foreign-owned companies. 

UK exit plan, economic recovery, public sector pay and Brexit
Alfie Stirling appeared on the political panel on talkRADIO

By protecting rentier interests, we are making the most vulnerable pay for the crisis
NEF’s rent suspension proposal was mentioned in the Guardian and openDemocracy

The coronavirus downturn makes the worst-off suffer most
NEF’s analysis showing the groups most at risk of losing their jobs and falling through the gaps of government schemes was mentioned in a Financial Times article. 

Millions missing out on Covid-19 support
Sarah Arnold spoke to Dan Wootton on talkRADIO about new NEF research showing that under-25s are more than twice as likely to lose work and fall through the cracks in government support schemes.

The UK must freeze private rents now – or thousands will be made homeless
Joe Beswick wrote for Comment is Free on the need for a rent suspension to protect the most economically vulnerable from the worst effects of the looming recession.

Under-25s twice as likely to lose jobs’ during coronavirus crisis 
New NEF research showing the groups of people most likely to lose their jobs and miss out on government schemes was covered in the Sun and the Daily Express

Top economists warn the UK not to repeat austerity after the Covid-19 crisis
Alfie Stirling was joined other top economists in warning against a repeat of austerity after the coronavirus crisis in the New Statesman

Call to freeze all UK private rents to help 1m workers at risk of losing jobs
New NEF report calling for a three-month rent suspension mortgage freeze during the Covid-19 pandemic was covered in the Guardian and the Independent

Pregnant key workers need protection too
Miatta Fahnbulleh was among around 20 other signatories on a letter calling for more to be done to protect pregnant healthcare workers in the Evening Standard

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