The rise of social supermarkets: ‘It’s not about selling cheap food, but building strong communities’

Millions of Britons struggle to put food on the table. Are social supermarkets, where surplus stock from big retailers is discounted, the solution?Near the tills, in what looks, at first glance, like a standard convenience store, is a shelving unit cra…

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Inequality is the scourge of modern Britain. Is it finally about to be addressed? | Larry Elliott

A damning new study on social injustice should mirror the postwar Beveridge report, and call for wholesale changes to the economyReports by the great and the good are ten a penny. All too often they are an excuse for kicking a tricky political issue de…

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‘You can’t really win’: 4m Britons in poverty despite having jobs

Unemployment is at its lowest since the 70s but some workers struggle to make ends meet“I’m a bit scatty with things like this,” Gemma admits when talking about her finances. It was not scattiness that meant she struggled to make ends meet when taking …

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Britain risks heading to US levels of inequality, warns top economist

Sir Angus Deaton says UK is at risk of extreme inequality in pay, wealth and healthRising inequality in Britain risks putting the country on the same path as the US to become one of the most unequal nations on earth, according to a Nobel-prize winning …

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England’s northern towns need real power – not May’s billion-pound bribe | Paul Mason

A regional revolution in England is long overdue. Here’s how to deliver itGet off the train in Wigan and the first thing you see is a branch of Cash Converters. Turn right, up Wallgate, and you are in a landscape familiar in post-industrial Britain, wi…

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The demise of the middle classes is toxifying British politics | Larry Elliott

As the rewards of the digital age are hoarded at the top, automation and flexible working are hollowing out the rest of the economyBack when he was leader of the Labour party, Ed Miliband came up with a phrase to describe those who, while not exactly p…

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Living costs rising faster for UK’s poorest families than richest

Poorer households fare worse because of types of goods and services they buy, says ONSLiving costs have increased faster for Britain’s poorest households than for the richest, according to official figures, amid a squeeze on living standards for low-in…

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Curbing pensioner benefits could help the young, says report

Lords committee calls for free TV licences for over-75s and other perks to be scrapped Free TV licences for over-75s should be scrapped, the age threshold for free bus passes raised and the triple-lock on pensions abolished to close the widening gap be…

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