Money is definitely the hot topic this week following the Budget on Wednesday.
Here’s a slightly more balanced piece from Betsan Powys than the ones I’ve previously posted. My one concern on the whole Regional Pay shenanigans goes hand in hand with the reason that George Osborne is keen to push this agenda forward – that the private sector and public sector are linked. While he may think the private sector will become more competitive as public sector wages go down, businesses in Wales may find that nearly 30% of their customers have less cash to spend.
Nick Pearce of the Institute for Public Policy Research have published an interesting article looking at mapping how left wing politics could work in an age of austerity. The IPPR again look at the model of Scandinavian childcare and push that in their case for equality.
Here’s a very short, but effective post from Helen Lewis Hasteley on analysis of the budget and how it’s the reserve of white, rich, men. Not sure if I can add much more to that.
The Guardian have looked at two very different elements of equality. The first looks at how women are not at the centre of abortion services. Is this the case in any other medical care issue?
The second looks at inequality in ICT employment. A lot of sexism going on in the cases highlighted here.
The Women’s Hour on Radio 4 has been very good again. First they spoke to Leanne Wood about her beliefs and equality, then an interesting debate on Feminism and class. Some very interesting points about how experiences vary due to class.