NEF in the news, October 2020

Media coverage of the New Economics Foundation

Tory MPs are right: the north needs a renaissance – but it’s got to be green
Chaitanya Kumar spoke to Owen Jones about the job creation potential of a home retrofitting programme, in the Guardian.

The cost of food vouchers is a drop in the ocean
Alfie Stirling’s figure on the true cost of food vouchers for children was covered in Left Food Forward.

Rishi Sunak steps up efforts to avert mass unemployment
NEF’s proposal for a decrease in employer contributions to the Job Support Scheme, protecting over 2 million jobs was picked up by the treasury. NEF’s contribution to the u‑turn was covered in the Financial Times and Independent

Employer contribution cuts could save three times more UK jobs, thinktank says
New NEF modelling showing cutting employer contributions under the new Job Support Scheme could save 1.4 million jobs was covered in the Guardian

ECB Urged Not to Waste Time in Making Bond Buying Greener
New report showing how the ECB could decarbonise is corporate bond purchases was covered in Bloomberg and Reuters.

The government’s response to COVID-19 could kill live music as we know it
Sarah Arnold commented on the government’s bailout loans and its effects on the live music industry in DJ Mag.

Give hard-up families on universal credit a £1,100-a-year tax cut
Our latest policy proposal is an £8.8bn plan for hauling people out of poverty and was covered by the Mirror.

Turning Generation Rent” into Generation Buy”
Hanna Wheatley responded to the prime minister’s plans to tackle the housing crisis on talkRADIO.

Why Scrapping Hostile Environment Policies Would Benefit Kids, Parents and Childcare Workers
Miranda Hall wrote for Novara Media on the need to reform immigration policies that create an unsafe and unaccountable childcare sector.

Investment in offshore wind
Chaitanya Kumar discussed the prime minister’s pledge of £160m towards offshore wind and the need for looking at the supply chains of these industries to create more manufacturing jobs in the UK on LBC.

Protecting jobs and tax rises
Alfie argued on LBC that the government is writing off too many viable jobs across the economy that need support and that tax rises will be needed to invest in our public services.

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