Michael Dugher MP

Working hard for Barnsley East

Blog Archive 2013

Since Thursday, George Osborne and other Government ministers have claimed that the UK economy is now "on the mend" after GDP figures showed it grew by 0.6 per cent in the three months to June of this year.

Incidentally, the economy also grew by 0.6 per cent in the first quarter of 2010, before the general election. So it's taken the Government three years of pain and misery to get back to roughly where we started from.

Of course this economic growth is welcome and much needed. But it is also long overdue. The Government has overseen three wasted years and a flatlining economy.

Since Osborne's spending review in the autumn of 2010, the UK economy has grown by just 1.7 per cent. Back in 2010, Osborne and Cameron promised that the economy would grow by 6.9 per cent by now. In marked contrast, over the same period (up until the first quarter of 2013) the US economy grew by 4.7 per cent compared to our 1.7 per cent. That is because President Obama, unlike David Cameron, acted to support rather than strangle the recovery and the figures speak for themselves.

No matter how hard the Government tries, it can’t get away from the fact that we are still in the slowest recovery for more than a century - and that families on middle and low incomes are not seeing any recovery in their living standards. Millionaires may have had a big tax cut this year, but for ordinary families, life is just getting harder as prices continue to rise much faster than wages.

Since the 2010 general election, average pay has fallen by £1,350 a year in real terms. And the Institute for Fiscal Studies has said that families will be on average £891 worse off this year because of tax and benefit changes.

In places like Barnsley, it certainly doesn’t feel like a recovery. The latest unemployment figures, for example, show that the number of 18 to 24 year olds in the Barnsley borough who have been unemployed for more than twelve months has risen by a massive 241 per cent in last two years. And over 30,000 extra jobs are still needed in Barnsley just to reach the national average for employment density.

New blog post: “It doesn’t feel like much of a recovery in Barnsley, George”

Since Thursday, George Osborne and other Government ministers have claimed that the UK economy is now "on the mend" after GDP figures showed it grew by 0.6 per cent in... Read more

Michael has written a new blog post about the tax and benefit changes being introduced this week.

To read the full blog, click here: ‘The Government should never be forgiven for this week: Ordinary working families and the disabled left worse off as millionaires receive a tax cut’

Blog post: 'The Government should never be forgiven for this week: Ordinary working families and the disabled left worse off as millionaires receive a tax cut'

Michael has written a new blog post about the tax and benefit changes being introduced this week. To read the full blog, click here: ‘The Government should never be forgiven for this week:...

Michael has posted a book review blog today of the new book 'Commons People: MPs Are Human Too', written by Tony Russell.  

Click here to read the review. 

Huffington Post: Book Review of 'Commons People: MPs Are Human Too'

Michael has posted a book review blog today of the new book 'Commons People: MPs Are Human Too', written by Tony Russell.   Click here to read the review. 

Michael has written an article for the Huffington Post about his recent visit to India with Save the Children. 

To read the article, click here:

"It's Not Just the Economy, It's the Inequality, Stupid”

Huffington Post: “It's Not Just the Economy, It's the Inequality, Stupid”

Michael has written an article for the Huffington Post about his recent visit to India with Save the Children.  To read the article, click here: "It's Not Just the Economy, It's the...

http://www.michaeldugher.co.uk/images/labouruncut.jpgMichael has written a piece for Labour Uncut today about judging the Lib Dems on what they do, not what they say.

Click here to read the article: Clegg says the Lib Dems are a party of government, so let’s judge them on their record

Labour Uncut: Clegg says the Lib Dems are a party of government, so let’s judge them on their record

Michael has written a piece for Labour Uncut today about judging the Lib Dems on what they do, not what they say. Click here to read the article: Clegg says the Lib Dems are a...

Michael is currently in India with the charity Save the Children. In the fourth of a series of blog posts reporting back from his visit, Michael writes about his visit to the slums of Kolkata.

Click here to read the blog post.

Blog post from India: ‘Some say that inequality isn't the issue, but in the slums of Kolkata, it certainly is'

Michael is currently in India with the charity Save the Children. In the fourth of a series of blog posts reporting back from his visit, Michael writes about his visit to...

Michael is currently in India with the charity Save the Children. In the third of a series of blog posts reporting back from his visit, Michael writes about his visits to educational programmes in Kolkata .

Click here to read the blog post.

Blog post from India: ‘In Kolkata, Save the Children are not just keeping people alive - they are literally transforming people's lives'

Michael is currently in India with the charity Save the Children. In the third of a series of blog posts reporting back from his visit, Michael writes about his visits to...

Michael is currently in India with the charity Save the Children. In the second of a series of blog posts reporting back from his visit, Michael writes about his visit to the Okhla slums in South Delhi.

Click here to read the blog post.

Blog post from India: ‘What would happen without Save the Children?’ In the second of a series of blog posts reporting back from India, Michael writes about his visit to the Okhla slums in South Delhi

Michael is currently in India with the charity Save the Children. In the second of a series of blog posts reporting back from his visit, Michael writes about his visit to...

Michael is currently in India with the charity Save the Children.

In the first of a series of blog posts reporting back from his visit, Michael writes about getting the chance to “see both Indias”.

Click here to read the blog post.

Blog post from India: ‘A chance to see both Indias’

Michael is currently in India with the charity Save the Children. In the first of a series of blog posts reporting back from his visit, Michael writes about getting the chance to “see...

Michael has written an article for the Jewish Chronicle about how anti-Zionism is being used as cover for anti-Semitism. 

To read the article, click here: “We still need to speak up on ‘mainstream’ anti-Semitism”

The Jewish Chronicle: “We still need to speak up on ‘mainstream’ anti-Semitism”

Michael has written an article for the Jewish Chronicle about how anti-Zionism is being used as cover for anti-Semitism.  To read the article, click here: “We still need to speak up on ‘mainstream’...

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