Here are the most read frontline and independent blogs this week based on their combined views on Guerilla Policy and Guerilla Feed – from DWP assessments to cancer care, freedom of information to free schools.
7 Ways in which housing causes poverty
Thomas Neumark outlines seven ways in which housing causes poverty – from the high cost of housing in the UK to the impact of high costs for people from ethnic minorities, disabled people and lone parent families.Originally posted on Dream Housing
Is Andreas Schleicher still on Gove’s Christmas card list?
“Fundamental to the achievements of the most successful systems is the belief that all young people have potential and that hard work can often trump inbred talent…” John Bolt considers the implications of the OECD’s PISA tests for education in England.Originally posted on Education for Everyone
Smoke and mirrors
“The Tory promise that council sales would be replaced ‘one for one’ is looking increasingly sick as the latest figures show that only one council home is being built for every seven sold. Not just smoke and mirrors. Deception as well.” Steve Hilditch takes a further look at what the Autumn Statement means for housing policy.Originally posted on Red Brick
How speed-dating on the Isle of Sheppey might save education
“In last week’s Education Select Committee, an issue was raised regarding the spread of highly effective teachers.” Laura McInerney argues that incentives for teachers to relocate to disadvantaged communities don’t take account of their couple relationships.Originally posted on Laura McInerney
All in this together
“An MP cannot be a proper representative if they are widely regarded as corrupt and out of touch. They must learn better: a more realistic attitude to what they deserve to be paid would be a good start.” Jane Carnall argues that MPs should forgo a pay rise given the impact of austerity.Originally posted on Edinburgh Eye
The £74,000 question
“It seems perverse to be considering an 11% pay rise on a £66,000 base salary at a time when most other public sector workers are in the middle of a long period of real wage stagnation.” Alex Marsh offers his thoughts on the proposed 11% pay rise for MPs.Originally posted on Alex's Archives