NEF in the news, August 2020

Media coverage of the New Economics Foundation

Recycling rates lower in England’s poorest areas
Chaitanya Kumar commented on the complexity of the relationship between between recycling rates and social deprivation in a Guardian article

A collective response to Covid-19
Miatta appeared on the Michael Portillo show on Times Radio making the case that tackling Covid-19 and supporting our recovery coming out of the pandemic need state intervention.

Tax rises during a recession
NEF director of research and chief economist Alfie Stirling spoke to Julia Hartley-Brewer on talkRADIO about potential government plans to raise taxes, and why we don’t need to worry about the deficit during a recession.

£13 a day for people isolating due to Covid-19
Alfie Stirling spoke to Nick Ferrari on LBC about the government’s new plans to pay £13 a day to people isolating due to Covid-19.

As Germany extends furlough, Rishi Sunak wants UK to embrace change
Alfie Stirling argued against the sudden end of the furlough scheme in October in a Guardian article. 

The Tories are trying to stymie the disruption that the economy so badly needs
NEF’s work on crisis support for the aviation sector was mentioned in an opinion piece by Christine Berry in the Guardian. 

France quarantine and A‑level results
Miatta was on talkRADIO to talk about localised lockdowns and increased travel restrictions, and the A‑level results algorithm.

Was it inevitable that we would be in such a deep recession after coronavirus?
Miatta was on Channel 4 News talking about why the UK has seen the worst drop in GDP across the G7 and making the case for an extension of the furlough scheme.

UK officially enters a recession for the first time in 11 years
Sarah Arnold spoke to Vanessa Feltz on BBC Radio London
 about the implications of the UK’s devastating economic figures.

Tackling mass unemployment
Alfie Stirling talks to Times Radio
 about the latest unemployment figures and what the government should be doing to stimulate the economy.

The need for government support for workers
Miatta Fahnbulleh spoke to Naga Munchetty on BBC 5 Live
 about the need for government to support workers past October.

The case for extending the furlough scheme
Miatta Fahnbulleh argued on BBC2 Newsnight that we should be following in the footsteps of France and Germany in extending the furlough scheme to avoid mass unemployment.

Crisis in the labour market
Sarah Arnold was on BBC 5 Live
commenting on the rising unemployment figures and what action the government should take in supporting people through the looming recession.

How to tackle the unemployment crisis
Sarah Arnold spoke to Emma Barnett on BBC 5 Live
 about the rising unemployment numbers, the forecasted crisis in the labour market and ways the government should be supporting families.

How the government abandoned the self-employed
Emily Scurrah wrote for Tribune magazine
about the self-employed abandoned during the crisis and NEF’s new proposal for self-employment centres.

What impact would and over-50s lockdown have on the economy?
Alfie Stirling spoke to Tom Swarbrick on LBC about the importance of effective public health measures that stop the spread of coronavirus in our economy recovery.

Corporations receiving bailout billions have laid off staff and paid investors
Frank van Lerven was quoted in a Vice News
investigation into UK corporate welfare’.

Will the eat out to help’ out scheme help boost the economy?
Alfie spoke to Phil Williams on Times Radio about the government’s latest policy to boost the economy, arguing that there is no trade-off between the economy and public health and the only way to properly recover is to stop the spread of the virus.

BOE Seen Undermining Johnson’s Green Recovery Pledge With QE
New NEF report on decarbonising the Bank of England’s corporate QE programme was covered in Bloomberg

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