A NEW REPORT
shows the gap between rich and poor will increase
‘WHO Gains From Growth’,
an analysis of the country’s likely economic future, shows the UK is
moving in the wrong direction, and must tackle rocketing inequality
fast, the Green Party said.
Green Party leader Natalie Bennett said:- ‘This report is
important in demonstrating just how much we are headed in the wrong
direction. It assumes steady, high growth levels - something not
many economists are predicting - and finds the outcomes are still
rising inequality - and rising human misery and insecurity.’
‘Who Gains From Growth?’, a study released by the Resolution
Foundation, predicts that by 2020, incomes for poor and
middle-earning households will drop by up to 15%, while those for
the richest households will increase.
Coalition plans to reverse the current depression are focused on
policies that will create low-skill, poorly-paid retail, care and
leisure jobs, but will decrease skilled admin and manufacturing
Ms Bennett said:- ‘Our current levels of inequality are not
inevitable - and they are extraordinary in historical terms. In the
1970s Western societies were more equal than they had ever been
before - it was the rise of neoliberal, leave-it-to-the-market
ideology than reversed the long-term trend towards greater equality.
It's essential we take quick
steps. I'd suggest 3 places to start: make the minimum wage a living
wage, institute a people's pension that lifts all pensioners out of
poverty*, and end the privatisation of the NHS and other government
services which adds to public costs and lowers wages.’
Green Party economic policies include – a 50% income tax rate for
people earning £100,000 or more, the abolition of the upper National
Insurance contribution limit, re-introducing the 10% income tax
band, taxing financial transactions and increasing tax on large
corporations from 28% to 30%.
The money raised will be spent on
public services, education and investing in a green economic system.
This will reduce financial pressures on everyone not in the UK’s
highest earning bracket, provide skilled, well-paid jobs and assist
Internet usage up in Liverpool
THE number of people who do
not use the internet in Liverpool has been slashed by 40% over the
last year. It follows a campaign called:- ‘Go On it’s
Liverpool’ which saw over 1,000 digital champions recruited
to encourage people to get online for the first time.
The latest official ONS (Office for National Statistics) figures
show 43,000 people went online, cutting the number of digitally
excluded people by 12%; that is compared to just 1.9% nationally.
According to the data; which compares figures from April to June
2011 with April to June 2012; the number of people who do use the
internet in Liverpool rose from 70.8% to 82.7%.
There are now just 61,000 people, or 17 percent of the population,
who have not been online; down from 104,000 from a
Councillor Nick Small, Liverpool's Cabinet member for employment,
enterprise and skills, said:- "Go On it’s Liverpool was hugely
successful in getting people online and I am delighted with its
success. Being computer and internet literate gives people a huge
advantage when competing for jobs and is vitally important. Using
the web is crucial to so many things in modern life and is only
going to become more important in the future.”
During the campaign, scores of events were held in libraries,
community centres and other venues across the city to raise
awareness and show the benefits of using the internet.
Employers were also encouraged to get computer literate staff to
take part and the initiative was backed by Unionlearn, the TUC
scheme which encourages members to improve their skills.
MODEL AND STYLIST HOSTS BIRKENHEAD FASHION EVENT
A top TV stylist and London model will help
transform Birkenhead into the fashion capital of the UK for one day.
Caroline Childs, who's also a professionally trained dancer, will be
putting on a fast-paced fashion and dance show at The Grange and
Pyramids Shopping Centre on Saturday, 29 September 2012.
During the Fashion on the Move event, there will be flash mob groups
of dancing models taking part in around eight shows through the day
all wearing the latest trends selected by Caroline.
Every outfit featured will be from one of The Grange and Pyramid’s
fashion outlets which will be showcasing their Autumn/Winter
collections and the very best of high street fashion.
Caroline, 31, who is well known for her regular appearances as a
model and stylist on ITV prime time This Morning, said:- “This
winter it’s going to be red wines and claret colours from head to
toe – normally at this time of year it’s black with accent colours
but this year it will be berry colours all the way, dresses,
leggings and shoes.
The nautical look is also going to be big this winter with
Breton-style French navy striped tops.
It’s all a nod to Kate Middleton who is a massive influence this
season and so is Marilyn Monroe – this is the 60th anniversary of
her death and the hourglass figure and feminine curves are back with
structured dresses to emphasise the waist and the fuller form.
One of my aims is to pull from the shops things that will mirror
this kind of look and show how you can get it from the high street
which should be quite easy to do.
We use models to show you how clothes will look on you; they aren’t
six foot beanpoles but they are trained to dance and move because
this is a really fun event.
We put the clothes under quite a lot of pressure during the show;
that translates well to the audience because it shows just what the
outfit will look like when you are out dancing on a Saturday night.”
There will be something for the men as well and here footballer
David Beckham’s well groomed look is the trend and Caroline said:-
“He takes the lead with his smart suits which he does so well.
There are also cords and chinos with chunky knitted cardigans for
the casual look.
Then for the ladies with the party season coming up there are lots
of sequins and sparkle and metallics will also feature heavily as we
gear up for Christmas.”
The action will start at around 11 am on the day with each show
lasting up to 15 minutes.
Among those stores taking part, already confirmed, are Next, Dorothy
Perkins, River Island, Republic, Miss Selfridge, Hannon, Blue Inc
and Internacionale. Claire’s, Infinities and The Body Shop will also
be represented too and there will be exclusive offers to take
advantage of on the day.
Derek Millar, Commercial Director for The Grange and Pyramids
Shopping Centre, said:- “Fashion On The Move is set to be a
really lively and unique way of sharing the latest trends with our
shoppers with some great offers to be had.
We are very pleased to be having the expert help of Caroline on the
day and look forward to welcoming her to Birkenhead.”
Caroline is well qualified to host the event. She has trained in all
forms of dance from classical to street and has been modelling since
she was 15. She said:- “I am really looking forward to
the Birkenhead event. It is set to be a terrific mix of fashion and
dance and is a very special way of showcasing the latest trends to
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