Health | Education | Employment | Poverty
Employment is a key voter concern, and
this has never been truer than in the run up to May 2015. The deep
recession, slow recovery and several years of austerity have had
severe consequences across the country, with many Londoners
- Inequalities in London are getting worse: the poorest 10% of
Londoners saw their income decrease by 23% between 2007 and 2010 -
compared to a 3% decrease for the richest 10% of Londoners
- Marginalised groups are often particularly disadvantaged in
London: the lone parent employment rate in London is 11.8
percentage points below the national average; the equivalent figure
for disabled Londoners is 3.3 percentage points.
- Work is no longer a guaranteed route out of poverty in the
capital: 57% of adults and children living in poverty in London are
in working families.
All the major parties have included
employment pledges in their manifestos: for instance, the
Conservatives, Labour and the Liberal Democrats all have something
to say about increasing apprenticeships.
Employment and the concerns around the
scarcity of jobs is also an important factor in other debates, such
as those relating to immigration, the EU and the role of the
welfare state. But the issues around inequalities in employment and
quality of employment opportunities often receive less attention in
the political debate.
What are the election
#employment priorities for London's Voluntary,
Community and Social Enterprise Sector? Here are some of the
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