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New Economics Foundation

NEF: The Rent is Too High

New Economics Foundation
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New Economics Foundation

NEF: The Rent is Too High
More and more of us are renting for longer – not by choice, but by necessity. In cities especially, more people are renting into their thirties, forties and beyond, sometimes raising children in rented flats with no long-term security. Rents are sky high. Saving for a deposit can take a decade or longer. And for many people, property ownership seems unachievable. But what if we could do something about it? Could rent controls be the answer? To help answer this question, Ayeisha Thomas-Smith is joined by Hanna Wheatley, researcher at the New Economics Foundation and co-author of a NEF report on rent controls, and Eva Freeman, private renter and member of the London Renters Union.
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Hanna Wheatley, Eva Freeman


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Peter Urwin

Economist Questions: Women Vs Capitalism - Why We Can’t Have It All in a Free Market Economy

Peter Urwin
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Economist Questions

Economist Questions: Women Vs Capitalism - Why We Can’t Have It All in a Free Market Economy
Peter Urwin is joined by economist Vicky Pryce to talk about her latest book, discussing gender equality. Vicky argues we cannot rely on the free market to bring about gender equality. In theory we might expect discrimination to be short-lived in competitive markets, as it is an inefficient use of resources; this is clearly not happening, however, and Vicky makes a strong case for more forceful intervention to rectify the market failures that perpetuate gender inequality. An inherent short-termism in the capitalist system, a continuing level of support for motherhood that is insufficient, and various conscious/unconscious forms of bias all contribute to this failure of markets. The proposed solutions are radical, but without significant public intervention we will continue to waste vast amounts of female potential.
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Vicky Pryce


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Simon Rose

How did we get here? A history of UK politics: The Commons Speaker

Simon Rose
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How did we get here? A history of the UK’s political parties.

How did we get here? A history of UK politics: The Commons Speaker
Simon Rose is joined by political commentator and author of The Groucho Tendency blog, Mike Indian, to discuss how UK politics has got to where it is today. In this episode, Simon and Mike discuss the history and role of the Commons Speaker.
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Mike Indian


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Simon Rose

How did we get here? A history of the UK’s political parties: The Labour Party

Simon Rose
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How did we get here? A history of the UK’s political parties.

How did we get here? A history of the UK’s political parties: The Labour Party
Simon Rose is joined by political commentator and author of The Groucho Tendency blog, Mike Indian, to discuss how UK politics has got to where it is today. In this episode, Simon and Mike discuss the history of the Labour Party.
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Mike Indian


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Georgie Frost

This is Money: Deal or no deal?

Georgie Frost
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This is Money

This is Money: Deal or no deal?
This is Money with Georgie Frost, editor Simon Lambert and Pensions reporter Tanya Jeffries. In this week's episode: Deal or no deal? It’s crunch time for Brexit – but where is it all heading? Does anyone know?! So is it time to batten down the hatches, or should you be greedy while others are fearful? Also today – the end of the road for the WASPI campaign after losing a landmark case at the High Court? But we do have some good state pension news… Plus all change at the top – as Tesco gets the Boots and rags to riches motors, what are the classics of the future?
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Simon Lambert, Tanya Jeffries


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Simon Rose

How did we get here? A history of the UK’s political parties: The Liberal Democrats

Simon Rose
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How did we get here? A history of the UK’s political parties.

How did we get here? A history of the UK’s political parties: The Liberal Democrats
Simon Rose is joined by political commentator and author of The Groucho Tendency blog, Mike Indian, to discuss how UK politics has got to where it is today. In this episode, Simon and Mike discuss the history of the Liberal Democrats, from roots in both the Liberal Party and the SDP right up to the modern day.
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Mike Indian


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Simon Rose

How did we get here? A history of the UK’s political parties: The Conservatives

Simon Rose
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How did we get here? A history of the UK’s political parties.

How did we get here? A history of the UK’s political parties: The Conservatives
Simon Rose is joined by political commentator and author of The Groucho Tendency blog, Mike Indian, to discuss how UK politics has got to where it is today. In this episode, Simon and Mike discuss the history of the Conservative Party, from its inception right up to the modern day.
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Mike Indian


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Franz Buscha

Policy Matters: The effects of class differences even within elite professions

Franz Buscha
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Policy Matters

Policy Matters: The effects of class differences even within elite professions
In this episode of Policy Matters, hosts Matt Dickson and Franz Buscha talk to Sam Friedman, Associate Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics and a member of the Social Mobility Commission. Sam explains his recent research highlighting how those from working class backgrounds find themselves earning less than colleagues from more privileged families, even when they have the same qualifications and work in the same elite professions. Going beyond the numbers to understand this ‘class pay gap’, Sam describes the numerous interviews he undertook with elite professionals from different backgrounds and what this revealed about the hidden mechanisms that operate, often rewarding privilege rather than merit or ability. The discussion then moves on to the dominance of private schools – and especially a particular group of private schools – in the elite strata of society and considers the sorts of policies that might help to make Britain a more meritocratic society.
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Sam Friedman


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Georgie Frost

This is Money: Was that as good as it gets for savers this time round?

Georgie Frost
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This is Money

This is Money: Was that as good as it gets for savers this time round?
This is Money with Georgie Frost, editor Simon Lambert and Product and Knowledge editor Sarah Davidson. Autumn is here and with it an ill wind through the savings market. Why are things looking so bleak and are there any warm spots to be found out there? There’s a hurricane happening in politics, the team offer some tips on how to weather the Brexit storm…find out if we should really be stock piling food and take a look at how Labours Right to Buy plans would work for renters and buy-to-letters. Plus just how much better for the environment are electric vehicles? And don’t forget you can stay up to date with all the latest, breaking money news, just go to thisismoney.co.uk or download the app.
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Simon Lambert, Sarah Davidson


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Georgie Frost

This is Money: Can consumer power help the planet?

Georgie Frost
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This is Money

This is Money: Can consumer power help the planet?
It's fair to say environmental issues have moved to the forefront of the agenda in recent times. This week, editor Simon Lambert, assistant editor Lee Boyce and host Georgie Frost take a look at potential changes you can make to help the pound in your pocket turn a little greener. Simon explains his rallying cry for us to be his acronym 'Layby' rather than being labelled 'Nimbys'. Layby – or look after your back yard – is a movement to look after the country we live in. When it comes to investing, there is a growing movement where savers who want to combat climate change invest a small amount of money in the very companies eco-activists traditionally rally against, such as fossil fuel giants Shell and BP – so why? What can you do to be a more eco-friendly tourist? And finally… it's hard enough trying to predict how rapidly a normal car will depreciate, but estimating the loss of value of an electric vehicle is a whole other ball game. We reveal all.
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Lee Boyce, Simon Lambert


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