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Catalyst: one that precipitates a process or event, especially without being involved in or changed by the consequences.”

The American Heritage Dictionary

Robert Peston put his finger on the spot in his tweets about the Government announcing a 91,000 reduction in the Civil Service. Their suggestion was that this would help tackle the cost of living crisis, but he points out that it will only do so by holding back the transmission of price inflation into wage demands.

It is understandable that considerable care is being exercised to hold back the inflation surge: if it pushes higher or longer then the Bank of England expects, it will also result in a huge rise in the cost of servicing the national debt. Meanwhile if it also pushes hard into the mortgage servicing costs, it will, as discussed in This Is Money this week, seriously deflate house prices – just as the next general election approaches. In this context cutting VAT or other untargeted emergency stimulus could exacerbate an already difficult position. 

However, it is essential that carefully targeted support is given for those most in need, and in order to break the cycle of deprivation by empowering young people from disadvantaged backgrounds – an essential part of levelling-up. The way to do this, without incurring significant levels of additional public expenditure, is by Government learning how to act as a catalyst in order to leverage the huge contribution which could be made by philanthropy through the voluntary sector.  

So — please READ ON ..  as we illustrate how this can be done.

 

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As the UK economy teeters on the edge of inflation and recession, The Bigger Picture looks at the Queen’s Speech and the cost of living while the Financial Outlook considers GDP dipping into negative territory in March; meanwhile This Is Money anticipates challenging times in the housing market. For those who want to learn more about the Metaverse, we have twin episodes on this topic from Motley Fool — as opposed to the Business of Film, which reviews the Multiverse of Madness amongst other new movies. Gadgets & Gizmos says farewell to the Apple iPod, and we have two Modern Mindsets for you. Finally, The Hypnotist invites listeners to re-visit childhood memories for a different perspective.

 

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Welcome to Gavin Oldham's full presentation describing his vision for egalitarian capitalism.

The main set of proposals are as follows:

Egalitarian Capitalism is an alternative to socialism which, while fostering and encouraging enterprise for all, acts to involve and empower people right across society and especially the young. 

Six key steps of egalitarian capitalism

  1. A proper programme of financial education to help people from all walks of life to build a personal store of freely disposable assets.
  2. Setting the conditions for disinter-mediation, in particular reducing the extent of parasitic inter-mediation which separates people from a sense of ownership and control.
  3. Direct share ownership: drawing together employee, consumer and share-owner, providing much improved corporate governance so that individual share-owners can participate fully in the companies in which they have chosen to invest.
  4. Calls for risk to be properly recognised when setting taxation on reward. This means encouraging innovation and continuing to recognise the risks taken by self-employed people.
  5. Addresses inter-generational equity, introducing a programme of incentivised financial learning for the disadvantaged young, fuelled from inheritance tax receipts, to enable them to achieve their full potential in adult life.
  6. Tackles one of the most difficult issues for democratic capitalism: universal benefits. It proposes a new voluntary approach for higher taxpayers to make discretionary payments for using universal, state-run services.
Thought for the Week: Government must learn how to be a catalyst

The Bank of England expects the price inflation peak to be high, but short-lived: however if it feeds into wage inflation it could seriously undermine both national debt servicing and the property market: that's why the Government appears to be adopting a tight fiscal stance and announcing a large reduction in the civil service. Carefully targeted support with the swiftly rising cost of living is urgently needed for those most in need and, if the Government can't or won't respond, it could be enabled through the voluntary sector: with Government acting as catalyst. However this is a role to which they're not currently accustomed.


Background music: 'Everything has a Beginning' by Joel Cummins.

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