Author: Nat Defriend

Blog: Community-led and collaborative models of growth are the cornerstone of an inclusive economy

by Nat Defriend

We want to return to what she said in 2016 to offer her three concrete ideas for what she should do to deliver on this critical agenda. 1) The Prime Minister talked in 2016 about combatting the entrenched advantages of the privileged few. She was right to do so. We know from our work in […]

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Most people would agree that a successful modern economy, particularly one which promotes inclusive growth, requires an effective financial system.  But few stop to ask how we might measure efficacy. Indeed you will search, almost in vain, amongst the writings of economists to find a single one [...]

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Blog: The social economy is missing in strategies to create more i

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Blog: The UK economy needs fundamental reform

Last week’s announcement by the Bank comes at a time when the UK’s growth forecasts are being downgraded and average real wages are falling. The MPC’s warning is solely a reflection of its mandate to control inflation: since the EU referendum vote, the depreciation of the pound has been pushing [...]

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Blog: Tackling extreme pay inequality must be central to securing

Last summer, the Prime Minister pledged to build a nation that “works for everyone, not just the privileged few”. One of her central ambitions in setting out this vision was to tackle irresponsible business behaviour that leads to “irrational, unhealthy and growing” pay gaps between bosses and [...]

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