NEF in the news, May 2021

Media coverage of the New Economics Foundation

Teenagers bombarded by over 400 adverts an hour on Instagram’
A new report by Duncan McCan calling on the government to ban surveillance advertising to protect children online was covered in the Telegraph, the i, London News Time and Families Online

They warned us not to attend meetings drunk’ — Druids Heath tenants hit out at council insult
Becki Winson spoke to Birmingham Live about the open contempt” being displayed by council officers towards Druids Heath residents over the area’s regeneration plans.

Coronavirus pandemic widens UK skills gap for companies which didn’t invest in training
Miatta spoke to HR Magazine about new research by learning and development provider Avado showing the UK’s skills gap has been widened to a more troubling capabilities’ gap.

Levelling up, and fixing the adult skills system
In response to the Queen’s Speech, Miatta Fahnbulleh spoke to BBC News about the need for proper investment and giving power to local communities in order to level up.

Spending, borrowing, and the deficit
Alfie Stirling was on LBC News outlining why we need to focus on how able we are to borrow, rather than how large the deficit is, and the cost of not spending when the government needs to invest. 

Post-Brexit fishermen rights protests 
Miatta appeared on the political panel for talkRADIO
to discuss the protests by French fishermen over post-Brexit rights at Jersey’s main port.

Britain set for biggest economic boom since World War 2 aftermath due to pent-up demand
NEF analysis showing growth of 6.5% would equate to a £136bn boost for the economy and £27bn extra in taxes for the Treasury was mentioned in the Daily Mirror

First anniversary of the death of George Floyd
Miatta Fahnbulleh was on Sky News to reflect on the one-year anniversary of the death of George Floyd. She argued that the desire for change and ongoing public support for Black Lives Matter give us reason to hope.

Self-isolation support and living standards
Alfie Stirling spoke to BBC News about the need for financial support to enable more people to self-isolate, and the longer-term issue of inequality and weak living standards in the UK.

The People Vs Climate Change
Fernanda Balata appeared in a stirring BBC documentary on the Citizens Assembly on climate change.

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