Author Archives: Geof Todd

Scaling-up the UK’s creative business

Danny Boyle’s fantastic opening ceremony for the Olympics highlighted that Great Britain has a great heritage and we can really put on a show – given the right investment! The ‘Big Society’ fails to provide a suitable framework to rebuild and refocus our future, to re-launch UK plc on the global stage. In short, how are we going to make Britain ‘Great’ again?

We have the opportunity to build the world centre of excellence around a major ‘Creative Business’ initiative in which we must

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Opinion: Three birds, one enhanced programme – beyond the town centre rejuvenation plans

In the wake of both the Government’s town centre rejuvenation plan and the Mary Portas initiative, I believe we have a bigger opportunity to build on the interest and momentum created by both these plans to use them to address some wider and related issues.

The current plans are very specific to town centres and I fully agree with the intent; however, I believe it could be enhanced to also address 2 additional points – the need to offer people not just the minimum wage, but a more representative ‘Living wage’ to help them out of any potential Benefits …

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  • User AvatarBill le Breton 19th Dec - 11:48am
    I have been a supporter of citizen's income for many years. I like the word citizens income rather than basic income because it links with...
  • User AvatarRC 19th Dec - 11:48am
    Who would be entitled to this basic income? Only UK citizens? We assert that people naturally want to work to improve their lot, but is...
  • User AvatarJoe Otten 19th Dec - 11:45am
    There seem to be three elements to this idea: 1. Unconditionality (i.e. no "actively seeking work" test) 2. Work always pays (i.e. Universal Credit) 3....
  • User AvatarAndrew Ducker 19th Dec - 11:42am
    This Guardian article looks at recent research: http://www.theguardian.com/business/economics-blog/2014/dec/18/incomes-scheme-transforms-lives-poor And it finds that people work _more_ when Basic Income is brought in. And that they do...
  • User AvatarT-J 19th Dec - 11:16am
    I am in full agreement with this article. The dehumanising effects of our existing welfare system, the mounting cost of administrating it and the whole...
  • User AvatarSimon McGrath 19th Dec - 11:14am
    So just to be clear, people at work would pay higher taxes so those who could work but chose not can sit around watching TV...