Politics

Higher pay, lower income: the National Living Wage and benefit cuts

The introduction of a “National Living Wage (NLW)” at the beginning of this month marks the most significant moment in UK wages policy since the advent of the National Minimum Wage (NMW) in 1999. Looked at technically, the NLW is no more than a supplement to the NMW for over-25s, adding a further subdivision to existing rates for apprentices, under 18s, 18-20 year olds and over-21s. However, it is a different animal to the NMW both in its ambitions and in the basis for setting the rate.

In Brexit vote, economic arguments may trump cultural concerns, says study

On 23 June, the United Kingdom will vote on whether to remain a member of the European Union, or leave. Many politicians have already declared which side of the argument they are on, but what about the rest of the country? Polls, such as YouGov’s, suggest opinions are split: 37% say they want to remain, 38% want to leave, and 25% either don’t know or won’t vote. But it’s a bit too early to make any predictions for how the vote might shake out. As YouGov’s own website notes, referendum polling this far out tends to be “a poor guide”.

Voodoo polls are bad news: here's how to spot and stop them

"Over a third of students ‘no longer wish to study medicine’ amid the junior doctors’ contract row, says poll.” This recent headline from The Independent was just one of many about a widely reported survey that appeared to suggest that thousands of medical students are giving up on their vocation. But is there really a looming medical recruitment crisis?